About Synthetic Cannabinoids
What happens if you use synthetic cannabinoids often?
Synthetic cannabinoids can be addictive, and many people who use these drugs say that it can be difficult to stop taking them once you have started to use regularly. These drugs are hard to research as they are ever-changing, but evidence shows that they can have long-term impacts on the brain including memory, emotional regulation and increased likelihood of developing schizophrenia and depression.
Long-term use can also cause people to become severely paranoid (feeling like people are out to get you) and can lead to psychosis or psychotic behaviour (losing touch with reality). People who use these drugs regularly can become severely agitated, delusional, anxious or violent.
We don't know as much about the physical effects of long-term use. Smoking or inhaling any substance can damage your lungs, throat and mouth, and synthetic cannabinoids have been found to cause lung problems in some people who use regularly. Research also suggests that regular use of these drugs can cause kidney problems and damage, seizures and heart issues.
Because synthetic cannabinoids are not well researched and there are so many types of them available, there are likely to be many other long-term effects of these drugs that we do not yet understand.
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