Substances to produce an effect on the body have been around for thousands of years. The Romans for example, would mix wine vinegar with rust to treat anemia… mercury was used to treat syphilis… opium from the poppy seed goes way back to the BC era.

Today we also see man-made drugs that have been synthetically engineered to give people similar effects.

So what are synthetic drugs exactly?

Synthetic drugs are mixed substances similar to marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamines that are sold over the counter at places such as convenient stores, gas stations, and tobacco shops. 

These drugs are most often split in two different categories…

-        Cannabinoids – also known as K2, K3, K4 or spice – lab-made THC that are chemically expressed versions of synthetic marijuana

-        Cathinones – also known as bath salts – chemical compounds  that mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine

These synthetic designed drugs can be extremely dangerous because buyers do not know the exact chemicals that are in the substance they are ingesting. The potency of these drugs can be much more of THC, cocaine, or meth… sometimes up to 500 times stronger.

 

The most unfortunate of these circumstances is that synthetic drugs are still legal all over the United States, which makes it quite accessible and difficult to put a stop to.

 

Synthetic drugs use is rising, and so are death rates. Like eighteen-year-old Christian Bjerk, a popular high school football player. According to Drew Griffin and Nelli Black from, CNN, on the morning of June 11th 2012, Christian was found dead, lying face down on the sidewalk not far from home.

 

Check out the full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/01/us/synthetic-drugs-investigation/

 

It is very important to be aware of the signs of symptoms of synthetic drugs. However, make sure you screen your loved one before any further action is made with one of our secure drug testing kits found here: 

The K2 / Spice Synthetic Marijuana Drug Test is the most trusted and one of the only available at-home testing kits that screens for synthetic metabolities in urine.