Synthetic Cannabinoids

Synthetic Cannabinoids

What's the difference between plant cannabinoids and synthetics?

 A pair of hands wearing blue latex gloves holds a bare hand and a glucose moniter. There is a large illustrated drop of blood between the bare diabetic person's hand and the glucose monitor. The background is blue.
While smoking cannabis appears to be helpful for diabetics managing weight and insulin levels, synthetic cannabinoids could be dangerous.
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Synthetic cannabinoid binds with high potency to the CB1 receptor — about 10-20x higher than THC.
Going by names like Spice and K2, synthetic cannabinoids are largely a result of prohibition.
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A neuroscientist critiques the New York Times report on "Spice," an illicit synthetic cannabinoid.

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