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Houston Outlaws the Sale of Kush

Posted on December 3, 2014 in Alcohol and Drug News

Houston Outlaws the Sale of Kush

The designer drug, Kush, a form of synthetic marijuana, has been halted. The Houston City Council has enacted a ban on this dangerous, mind-altering substance.

Synthetic marijuana — also known as synthetic cannabis, K2, Spice or “fake weed” — mimics the effects of natural marijuana. It’s concocted with unsafe synthetic compounds that can produce adverse effects that are much more severe, including stroke and death.

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Synthetic Marijuana Is a Real Killer

Posted on April 16, 2014 in Drug Abuse

Synthetic Marijuana Is a Real Killer

Advocates for marijuana legalization are fond of pointing out that despite the frequency with which it is used, this drug has never once been directly linked to a fatality. But boosters of the various synthetic forms of marijuana most definitely cannot say the same thing. These chemical imitators are replicas of the original drug in name only; synthetic forms of cannabis can cause a range of side effects that would be unfamiliar to regular marijuana aficionados, and their overconsumption has actually resulted in death for a small percentage of their users.

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teenage girl smoking synthetic marijuana

Posted on March 5, 2014 in Teen Drug Addiction

Teen Use of Synthetic Marijuana Increasing

Young people often seem determined to try exactly what parents and other adults say they shouldn’t.  This is partly an issue of testing of whether parental and adult boundaries are trustworthy. Young children accept adult warnings as true, but teenagers are ready to question them.

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teenage girl smoking synthetic marijuana

Posted on November 27, 2013 in Teen Drug Addiction

What Parents Should Know About Synthetic Marijuana

In major metropolitan areas around the globe it is possible to purchase designer knock-offs. A person could buy a Gucci look-alike, mock Oakley’s, even fake Armani suits. There are knock-offs in the drug world too. They are called Designer Drugs because they are substances treated with a man-made chemical compound.

When users smoke, snort or inject these designer drugs the effects are intended to mirror those of other naturally-occurring illegal drugs. Synthetic marijuana, also referred to as synthetic cannabinoids, is one type of designer drug. Kids are buying and using synthetic marijuana fully aware that it is a man-made drug but not so aware of the risks associated with designer drugs.

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Posted on May 15, 2013 in Alcohol and Drug News, Society

Synthetic Drug Use on the Rise in Texas

Synthetic and designer drugs have been in the news because of the harm they have caused and the frenetic law-making that has tried to keep up with the manufacturers of these drugs. Synthetic drugs, also sometimes labeled “designer,” are simply substances that produce a high and that are not naturally occurring. In some cases, they mimic a natural drug, such as marijuana.

Synthetic Marijuana

One of the most damaging, and most prevalent, of the designer drugs has been synthetic marijuana. For a while, these products were sold legally under the brand names Spice and K2. They were being sold mostly in gas station shops, where they were packaged to appeal to young people, even going so far as to use cartoon characters. These drugs were being labeled as harmless products like potpourri and incense. Those using them, however, knew better. K2 and Spice were designed to be smoked and to impart a high to the user.

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K2, Spice: The New "Fake" Marijuana

Posted on April 12, 2011 in alcohol and drug addiction

K2, Spice: The New "Fake" Marijuana

Parents who try to keep their kids away from illicit drugs like marijuana may now have something else to worry about – “fake pot.” Fake pot simulates the effects of marijuana, and up until recently, has been perfectly legal. Although authorities are aware of these drugs, new substitutes are making their way to gas stations near you just as quickly as old ones are banned.

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