Synthetic drugs are man-made drugs, usually in a lab. They are made to give the same effects as real drugs but are cheaper and easier to make. They can come as herbs, pills, powders, and liquids.
Overdosing because of synthetic drugs is tragically becoming more common in the United States. It is common not to know what is mixed with synthetic drugs and that can make them infinitely more dangerous.
Synthetic drugs can be sold on the streets or even in stores. They’re designed to catch the eye of younger adults so they can try them out. They can be sold online along with drug paraphernalia as well.
They are also mixed in with other drugs, which can be dangerous because people don’t even realize they are taking these drugs.
Synthetic marijuana is actually one of the most commonly used synthetic drugs in the United States. Synthetic marijuana is often called “Spice” and “K2”. They are meant to react like THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana.
Spice is an herb that is usually sprayed with chemicals. These chemicals are meant to make it act like synthetic marijuana. These chemicals enter the user’s body when the herbs are smoked.
Common street names for synthetic marijuana include:
- Black Mamba
- Fake Weed
- Scooby Snax
“Bath salts” are the street name for cathinones. These can have effects that mimic methamphetamines, ecstasy, and cocaine. They come as either powder or crystal and be taken by swallowing or snorting it.
There are side effects to ingesting bath salts, and they include:
- heart attack
- kidney and liver failure
- panic attacks
- abnormal breakdown of muscle tissue
This is a very popular synthetic opioid drug. It is one of the most potent pain killers available and is said to be 100 times stronger than morphine. It is 50 times stronger than the illegal drug heroin. These are the drugs fentanyl is meant to replace.
Fentanyl is meant to treat pain in cancer patients and can be used as an anesthetic. This synthetic drug has been the cause of thousands of deaths or overdoses because of its use. You can absorb fentanyl just by touching it or breathing it in.
Immediate side effects of fentanyl include:
- respiratory distress or cardiac arrest
Fentanyl is often used to cut or lace other drugs, and users aren’t told this. Accidental overdoses because of heroin are so common because users are not used to the strength of the drug, don’t know what it is, and take too much of it.
Molly is a synthetic drug you can buy as Ecstasy or MDMA. It comes as a pill or a powder, and it is a stimulant and hallucinogen. It has a few effects like pumping up your heart rate, dehydration, teeth clenching, and more.