What are Synthetic Cannabinoids
Synthetic Cannabinoids are often marketed as a “legal high” alternative to marijuana, and are commonly sold as incense in retail stores, head shops and on the internet. In response to reports of an alarming increase in abuse and overdoses, the Federal Government has classified many synthetic substances as Schedule I drugs under the U.S. Controlled Substances Act — the same category as heroin and LSD.
- Marketed as “Legal Highs”
- Widely believed to be more dangerous than the real thing
- Although these products are often marketed as “safe” alternatives to marijuana, they may affect the brain much more powerfully than marijuana
- Their effects can be unpredictable and severe
- The products on the market represent a constantly changing combination of Synthetic Cannabinoid compounds