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Think Twice Before You Smoke Synthetic Pot
Take it from a veteran ex-crack addict and ex-weed head, it’s not worth the cost to get high
Let’s face it; there will always be a certain number of people who will continue to smoke marijuana. Ever since I escaped the prison camp of crack cocaine I have been on a mission to help others by teaching them how to overcome addiction. I have also concluded that in the event I am unable to persuade people to end their addictive cycle, the least I can do is worn them of the impending danger of an imminent catastrophe that is just around the corner. This is a WARNING!
I am amazed at how far some people will go to get high, especially those with drug experience. By the same token, my heart goes out to the many young people who get caught up in the moment of having fun by experiencing a new drug. Most of all, I am saddened at the loss of the many parents who have suffered needlessly at the hands of some money hungry villain who would stoop so low as to poison another human being for a dollar.
Last fall in my old hometown of Metairie, Louisiana, two teenagers were hospitalized after smoking synthetic weed, another type of designer drug which has become a menacing problem in the world of drug use. One of those teens was a 14-year-old girl, who after taking a hit of a synthetic marijuana cigarette, immediately went into cardiac arrest. The other teen was a 16-year-old girl who ended up in the hospital after she apparently smoked a synthetic marijuana cigarette and took a trip to a nearby mall. As she walked into the mall, the young girl said the bushes and trees were talking to her and jumping around. Frightened, she passed out and onlookers called EMS. Both girls said they had been smoking synthetic marijuana called “POW!”
The age range of users is staggering
The age range of people who smoke synthetic pot is phenomenal. Young people as early as 13 have been observed smoking the drug. Not only do the very young and teens smoke this new synthetic pot, but detectives in Jefferson Parish have also noted that adults—soccer moms and senior citizens—as old as 70 buy this synthetic death, as agents observed them enter stores that were under surveillance to buy fake weed.
When I talk to young drug users they all tell me that “the game has changed.” But the game has not changed. Drugs will always be about money and death. The only thing that has changed is integrity and market. Not even drug dealers have integrity any more—not that they ever did—but there was a time when you could count on getting what you paid for, but today you can never be sure of what you’re buying when you buy drugs.
The market has changed tremendously. Who needs a hookup? No longer are drug deals only made in dark alleys and in the darkness of night, now you can buy drugs like “K2” "Diablo" and “POW!” right out in the open at the corner convenience store and on the Internet.
It is highly probable that people are misled into believing that because synthetic pot is sold over the counter that it is safe to use. But that is not the case by a long shot. Synthetic pot can kill you. I say this from my heart to my young generation, “It’s not worth the cost to get high.”
Synthetic pot is dangerous stuff
People are being misguided, believing that synthetic marijuana is like the bush that comes out of the ground. But if you’ve ever smoked real marijuana you would know that it doesn’t give you seizures and send you to the ER in cardiac arrest. That is what synthetic pot does to its user. I can put enough emphasis on the fact that this is dangerous stuff!
Instead of giving you the sensation of smoking the earth grown bush, synthetic marijuana produces symptoms that are very similar to that of cocaine and crack cocaine. The two highs are totally opposite each other. I remember my days as a crack addict, how I would smoke crack to get high and when I had smoked too much crack, I would smoke pot to bring me back down. But this new age pot is nothing more than laboratory induced death. I have never smoked pot that gave me a sensation of a high, accompanied by side effects like delusion, violent paranoia and thoughts of suicide that lasted for days and sometimes weeks. It will get you high, but at the same time, you just might die. Please hear me when I say, “It’s just not worth the cost to get high.”
One thing that makes synthetic pot so dangerous is that the chemical composition of the drug is constantly changing. People who make this stuff buy the active ingredients in powder form from unregulated chemists, mostly in China. Then they dissolve the powder in a liquid acetone which is the chemical used in nail polish remover and then add hallucinogens and nicotine. It is then sprayed onto dried plant leaves.
But what really makes synthetic pot dangerous is what we do not know. We do not know what synthetic pot can do to humans because many of the substances found in synthetic pot has never been tested on anything. You could smoke synthetic pot and one month later you could be diagnosed with some dreaded nerve or brain syndrome that will never go away. Or you could be a perfectly normal individual with a bright future and after smoking synthetic pot you could become suicidal for the rest of your life. These are things we just don’t know yet, and by the time we find out needless lives will be ruined and lost. It’s just not worth the cost to get high!