Department of Anesthesiology, Howard University Hospital and Howard University College of Medicine, USA
How Does Synthetic Marijuana (K2) Mimic the Effects of Naturally Occurring Chemical Compound Found in THC?
Author(s): Clairmont Griffith, Bernice La France* and Horace Griffith
Marijuana (Cannabis) is considered the most commonly used illegal psychoactive drug in the world. Despite being regarded as a "soft" drug by experts for a long time, research has demonstrated that there are adverse addictive and psychiatric effects related to its use. Numerous elements are attributed with the mounting complications associated with the use of Cannabis, which include a gradual evolution in the proportions between tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), the two major chemical compounds contained in Marijuana. This gradual evolution has been towards higher proportions of Δ9-THC. In the recent past, there has been an emergence of smokable synthetic herbal products that contain synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) in what appears to be a new trend in the landscape of psychoactive substances.. View More»