Synthetic Marijuana: Available, Dangerous, Deadly

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The colorful packaging with attractive names such as: Mojo, Spice, and Bath Salts are meant to entice and draw a sense of innocent pleasure. It may look harmless, but it’s what you can’t see that can kill you. The product is a blend of herbs and spices laced with synthetic cannabinoid like chemicals meant to mimic the highs marijuana produces.  

Sheriff Jeff Wiley warns parents in the community and local businesses about the products that are being abused locally and nationally.  In recent years, several local high school students have been rushed to the hospital and treated after smoking the synthetic marijuana.  

The chemical compounds found in the potpourri or incense is far more dangerous than their packing would suggest.  By using the product it can cause hallucinations, extreme paranoia, chest pains, a high blood pressure, dangerously rapid heart rate causing a heart attack, and suicidal tendencies.   

“Synthetic marijuana may be sold in some store fronts or over the Internet, it can seem safe,” Sheriff Wiley said. “It is not safe. It can lead to not only death at its worst, but to hospital visits and an array of different things. You don’t know what you’re ingesting into your body.”

“Even trying it one time can result in death. Just don’t do it.”

If you know of any stores who may be selling synthetic marijuana, the APSO urges you to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division at 225-621-8355 or by texting 847411 to its anonymous tip line from any cellular device or by calling Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).      

For more information on synthetic marijuana you can visit: http://www.aapcc.org/alerts/synthetic-marijuana/.