Throughout the past couple years, synthetic CBD has been making a name for its dangerous side effects. Although many people see it as a cheap alternative, recent cases show just how harmful synthetic CBD is. Due to these complications, it is important that users understand the differences between naturally grown CBD and synthetic CBD before making a decision when buying CBD.
Synthetic VS Natural CBD
Synthetic CBD is said to contain molecules that interact with your cannabinoid receptors in a near identical way to natural CBD. Synthetic CBD is advertised as a direct replica of natural CBD as it has the same health benefits and other effects. Synthetic CBD is also produced in a lab using dried leaves and other harmful chemicals. However, synthetic CBD molecules have varying molecular structures and may be much more potent than natural CBD.
Compared to its counterpart, natural CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant itself. Natural CBD is specifically designed to interact with your cannabinoid receptors like a key to a lock. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating different kinds of biological functions. In addition, Natural CBD doesn't carry any psychological side effects with it and there have been no deaths linked to it.
Synthetic CBD Cannabinoid Crisis
There have been numerous reports of synthetic CBD outbreaks in states such as Utah, and Connecticut. It is safe to say America is now in the middle of a synthetic cannabis crisis. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) has traced numerous outbreaks back to synthetic CBD poisoning.
There are numerous versions of synthetic cannabinoids, but the most dangerous one is designed to mimic the effects of cannabis without the THC traces. These synthetic cannabinoids give you very similar effects to a "high". Another prominent synthetic cannabinoid is "K2" or "Spice". Customers thought they were purchasing CBD... Instead they ended up in the hospital. There have also been numerous brands in the industry that have been caught using K2, so we urge buyers to do a lot of research into the brands they are considering before purchasing.
Synthetic CBD: How it's Made
Synthetic CBD's cannabinoids are a part of a new drug classification: "New Psychoactive Substances" or "NPS" for short. Another common term for this is "Designer Drugs", meaning that these drugs have been artificially produced to mimic the side effects of other drugs. The most common ingredient found inside synthetic CBD is oleamide, a fatty acid
that's almost identical to CBD but carries psychoactive properties with it.
Understanding Synthetic CBD At Its Core
Synthetic Cannabinoids are not the same as cannabinoids that come with the natural hemp plant and they can cause serious medical problems. According to the CDC almost all synthetic cannabinoids are illegal. To get around the legality issues, some manufacturers alter the chemical composition which brings about different laboratory results in a way to hide the synthetic cannabinoids and making them "presumably legal".
Keeping track of chemicals used in the production of synthetic cannabinoids has been very hard for regulatory institutions because these black market manufacturers are constantly changing their chemical composition. As a consumer it is always important to carefully inspect the ingredients, third party lab results and of course hear what others are saying about the brand and its reputability.
There has been little research in regards to synthetic CBD and what effects it has on the body. We do know they are very dangerous and unlike natural cannabinoids, they carry many negative side effects. According to the CDC, below you will find some of the effects of synthetic CBD:
Neurological symptoms such as irritability, sleeplessness, dizziness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, in-coordination, stroke and seizures.
Psychiatric symptoms such as violent behavior, delusions, hallucinations, psychosis and suicidal thoughts.
Physical symptoms such as hypertension, tachypnea, tachycardia, chest pain and heart attack, severe nausea and vomiting, kidney failure, rhabdomyolysis and death.
Never Use Synthetic CBD & Do Your Research
The dangers of using synthetic CBD are very real and extremely dangerous. There have been numerous reports of people dying and going to the hospital over the last two years.
With the abundance of brands in the industry that continues to grow at record speed, rooting out the good from the bad is not as easy as it seems. There are countless impostors out in the unregulated marketplace. The chemicals that are being used by these black market manufacturers could ultimately cost you your life. If you are interested in purchasing natural CBD we strongly urge you to purchase CBD made from premium grade natural CBD and tested by third party laboratories - not a mixture of dangerous synthetic chemicals. GoGreen Hemp can answer any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to contact us today.
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