The Synthetic Marijuana Epidemic

Citizens of the World,

Since the middle of the 20th Century we have been deprived of access to legal cannabis, leading to many noticeable negative consequences including the increasing cases of cancer, the increase in incarcerated citizens, and the increased cost of healthcare. One of the less publicized aspects of marijuana prohibition though, is the fact that it has in no way lowered the demand by society for what this plant provides: chemical comfort.

While marijuana remains illegal, it also remains one of the least dangerous substances know to humankind. There is not a single recorded death from it in all of history, due to the fact that it is physically impossible to overdose on. However, man-made “alternatives”, although legal, cannot be said to be as safe at all.

Synthetic marijuana is sometimes sold as “legal bud” and other times under the guise of household items such as incense and bath salts. Many of these products, which go by flashy names like K2 and Spice, are labelled Not For Human Consumption, but are sold solely for that purpose anyway. These are substances are designed to create an effect similar to smoking weed, and are put out on the legal market without regulation, nor certification of safety. These substances have led to many health problems, including heart attacks and the tragic “zombification” of users, as was seen in Miami this past Memorial Day. Unfortunately, because they are legal while natural marijuana is not, they are very accessible. They can even be ordered over the internet, and are advertised for in a very misleading manner.

People who use synthetic marijuana are citizens that wish to be law-abiding, who do not deserve a detriment upon their health for doing so. The fact of the matter is that this situation shouldn’t exist at all, we should not have individuals faced with the decision of legal/harmful vs illegal/safe. It is an unfair and immoral choice to force on consumers, that completely undermines the purpose of the free market.

During Alcohol Prohibition, there existed an atmosphere conducive to crime and a general disregard for the authority of law, which exists again today. Marijuana Prohibition is why the Drug Cartels are selling a safer product than the one available in the store. Cannabis needs to be legalized, simply as a matter of public health.

- Anonijuana

Nature has been making marijuana for centuries… how long have we?

10 thoughts on “The Synthetic Marijuana Epidemic

  1. I graduated Oaksterdam University,Los Angeles, 2009.
    After the education I received there, It totally changed my mind about Marijuanna. Thank Ignorance and the stupid religious right in the U.S. for its prohibition. If this wasn’t an election year, Obama would be backing it and the DOJ’s budget would be used for better things.

  2. You people who are saying that you disagree with the LSD rating: you aren’t paying attention. Put down the joint, and look at the therapeutic index statement. The ratio denotes how much you have to take to experience an effect versus how much you have to take to have a 50% chance of dying.

  3. @alex, LSD-25 is most certainly as safe as cannabis. There is no known ld50 of LSD because it isn’t dangerous, not even in long term use.

    I would also like to inform the chart creators that they should redo some of the chart…

    N,N-DMT is less toxic than anything on the list. There is no ld50 for N,N-DMT.

  4. Thank you anonymous for taking hands into this matter. Maybe with your help it will finally be legalized.

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