Synthetic & Pharmaceuticals

Synthetic & Pharmaceuticals

Synthetic cannabinoids may affect the brain in different and unpredictable ways compared to cannabis.

What's really at stake?
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While smoking cannabis appears to be helpful for diabetics managing weight and insulin levels, synthetic cannabinoids could be dangerous.
Synthetic cannabinoids warrant careful scrutiny in relationship to vaping-related lung injuries.
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Synthetic cannabinoid binds with high potency to the CB1 receptor — about 10-20x higher than THC.
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Many drugs have been proposed as treatment for cannabis addiction, from pure THC or CBD-rich cannabis, to Ambien.
Going by names like Spice and K2, synthetic cannabinoids are largely a result of prohibition.
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If there’s a gateway, it appears to be early opioid prescriptions, not cannabis.
10 ways that scientists are targeting the endocannabinoid system with synthetic drugs.
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A neuroscientist critiques the New York Times report on "Spice," an illicit synthetic cannabinoid.

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