About Synthetic Cannabinoids
How can synthetic cannabinoids affect your work or daily activities?
Synthetic cannabinoids can affect your everyday activities. There is not a clear window of when these effects start and how long they last for, so it can be hard to predict when you will start to feel normal after using. If you use these drugs once, you are likely to be impaired during the high and comedown. If you use these drugs often, you may experience impairment in your day-to-day life, even when you are not high.
Synthetic cannabinoids can cause poor coordination, changes in perception, tremors, shakes and poor decision making, so it can be unsafe to drive, operate heavy machinery or do tasks that require fine motor skills. This group of drugs can also cause people to lose consciousness quickly and unexpectedly, making it very dangerous to work in high-risk environments (like building sites) while high. Synthetic cannabinoids can also make you feel paranoid, cause slurred speech and make it hard to remember things, which means that interacting with others can become very difficult.
Over the long term, synthetic cannabinoids can cause changes to your brain that affect your ability to remember new information and process emotions. These drugs can also increase your risk of developing schizophrenia and depression, which can affect your daily life. This may make it harder to carry out work or other social activities.
When it comes to work, different jobs require different skills. If you are taking synthetic cannabinoids, have a think about what you might need to do well at your job and what steps you could take to make sure you are not impaired.
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