Monday, May 16, 2011
Synthetic Marijuana Causes Psychosis in U.S. Navy Cadets
"These are people who never had psychosis. They were so disorganized, so out of it, we had to lock them up [on our ward]. It’s pretty scary," said Dr. Donald Hurst, lead investigator on the study.
Only one of the young men had any history of psychiatric problems before they became daily users of the drug. The symptoms of psychosis left seven of the patients after eight days, but three of the patients still had lingering paranoid delusions five months after the study. The report is the first to link spice to new-onset psychosis in patients with no psychiatric histories.
The study comes after the federal government put an emergency nation-wide ban on synthetic marijuana last month and the DEA started raiding gas stations, convenience stores, smoke shops and other places where the drug is sold.
I loathe the fact that the term 'marijuana' is even tied to this stuff.
If you don't already know, 'Spice' or 'K2', or whatever you want to call it is actually a blend of herbs and spices that have been sprayed with a chemical that is designed to loosely mimic the effects of marijuana. But the fact is this stuff really has nothing to do with marijuana. It's just another chemical cocktail that will fry your brain.
Thousands of people have been admitted to emergency rooms all over the country in the past couple of years after smoking synthetic marijuana show symptoms such as confusion, delusions, paranoia, rapid heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, angina, seizures, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, suicidal ideation, blindness and psychomotor retardation.
Doesn't that just sound lovely? I can't wait to get some of this shit. Paranoid delusions here I come!
Seriously, though. I would really recommend avoiding this stuff. Putting all this terrible shit into your brain is not worth the buzz you might get from it. Please do the right thing and just smoke some weed for God's sake.
Posted by Editor at 1:34 PM