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'Fake Pot' Causing Zombielike Effects Is 85 Times More Potent Than Marijuana

The many benefits of medical marijuana are well documented. A recent report by CNN demonstrates that this is not a blank check to smoke cannabinoids with reckless abandon. Caution should still be exercised, with the understanding that synthetic marijuana strains can be particularly dangerous. Dozens of people were left in a zombie like stupor after smoking a particularly potent synthetic strain known as “spice.”

Synthetic marijuana is at best a distant relative of medical marijuana. When used for its curative powers, medical marijuana refers to the use of the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant and its pure extracts to treat a disease or improve a symptom. It must be sourced from a medicinal-grade cannabis plant that has been meticulously grown without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers.

Marijuana’s beneficial properties come from its high cannabidiol (CBD) content and critical levels of medical terpenes and flavonoids. It also contains some tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the molecule that gives the psychoactive effect, which most recreational users are after. Through traditional plant breeding techniques and seed exchanges, growers have started producing cannabis plants that have higher levels of CBD and lower levels of THC for medical use.

Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet approved medical marijuana, more and more physicians are starting to reverse their stand on the issue and swear by its effectiveness and health benefits. Unfortunately, CBD was recently reclassified as a Schedule 1 drug. This could have a calamitous health impact on those who rely on cannabidiol. It is disheartening that something as promising as CBD is being demonized due to bureaucrats with vested interests in the pharmaceutical industry.
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