Synthetic Cannabinoids Facts:
What is a Synthetic Cannabinoid? Synthetic cannabinoids often contain a mixture of dried leaves from
traditional herbs and other plant materials that are enhanced with an active synthetic cannabinoid ingredient that
mimics the hallucinogenic effects of marijuana. They are also known as K2, Spice, or Herbal Incense.
What do Synthetic Cannabinoid products look like? The dried plant materials in synthetic cannabinoid
products are typically green, brown, blonde and red. The products are commonly packaged in resealable foil
packets, approximately 2x3 inches. The products are often labeled as “Natural Herbal Incense” with warnings
stating they “are not for human consumption.” Products can also be found labeled as potpourri. Packages usually
do not mention synthetic cannabinoids as ingredients.
What are the effects of using Synthetic Cannabinoid products? The effects of these products mimic the
hallucinogenic effects of marijuana. Known adverse effects include: panic attacks, agitation, tachycardia (rapid
heard beat), elevated blood pressure, anxiety, numbness, tingling, severe vomiting, intense hallucinations and
possible seizures. The effects usually last between 30 minutes and 2 hours. Some scientific reports state that
synthetic cannabinoids are between 3 and 100 times more potent than delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the
chemical compound in marijuana.