A new study wanted to gain more insight into the side effects of synthetic cannabinoids also known as fake weed. This product is the result of a suspicious mix of chemicals. The main target public which consists of young adults and teens is lured by great scent coming from incense. The major finding of this research paper indicates that this substance presents more risks for teens than the use of marijuana. The dangers lurk both sexual and physical health of the users.
The effects of such fake weed consumption are similar to those of tetrahydrocannabinol in cannabis. On the other hand, the side effects seem to be more damaging. The consumption can trigger major kidney and heart complications, and it can go even to psychosis and death. Teens might have mistaken the availability of such a product on the market with safety.
The Study Is Based on 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey
On Monday, the new study was published in Pediatrics. The aim of the paper is to discover the effects of the consumption of fake week. The authors of the research are scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They based their research on data collected from 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
There were 15,624 high school students that answered questions related to behaviors occurred after the consumption of synthetic cannabinoids. The scientists ran data through 36 categories of health risks such as injury, mental health, violence, substance use, and sexual health. Out of the total of participants to this survey, 29.5% of teens experienced only marijuana, while 9.4% admitted the use of fake weed. Almost 98.4% of those who used SCs have also tried marijuana. Around 61% of students have never turned to any of these two drugs.
Fake Weed Leads to More Violent Behaviors
“To prevent marijuana and the use of synthetic cannabinoid, it is important that health professionals and school-based substance prevention programs include strategies that reduce initiation of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoid use, particularly among students younger than 13 years of age”, the authors explained.
Those who admitted using CSs were more tempted to another type of drugs than those who used marijuana. The non-users were less likely to use any such substances than the other two groups. While both types of drug users were prone to a more violent behavior, the SCs consumers were more likely to engage in three out of 11 such types of behaviors. They were more willing to rely on drivers who consumed alcohol, play truant for safety, and engage in a physical fight.
Scientists found a link between both types of uses and risky sexual behaviors. However, SCs users were more likely to engage in all six dangerous sexual behaviors than the others. Scientists want to raise awareness among authorities of this delicate situation and urge them to invest in education for prevention of substance use.
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