Tag: Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic Drugs: Legal, Tempting and Life-Threatening

Synthetic Drug ChemicalsSynthetic drugs contain man made chemicals that produce similar effects of illegal drugs like cocaine, cannabis and methamphetamine. The chemical structure in synthetic drugs are altered to avoid law restrictions and are sold on the internet or at gas stations and smoke shops under different names.

Why Users Turn to Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs are tempting to users because they are cheaper and most often can’t be detected in a urine test. They also come across as safe to use since they are found online and in stores. The truth is that these drugs are very harmful and dangerous. The effects that synthetic drugs can have on a person are unpredictable because the chemicals that are used are always changing. Pills, powders and dried herbs are soaked in these man made chemicals and can be very damaging to the body and mind and even fatal.

Synthetic Cannabinoids

Synthetic CannabinoidsThese are dried plants and/or marijuana that are sprayed with chemicals and then smoked. The chemical can even come as a liquid form that can be vaporized in an e-cigerette. It’s about four times stronger than marijuana.

Are Synthetic Cannabinoids Addictive?

Yes, people can become addicted. Users who try to quit may experience withdrawal symptoms which may include:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety

Harmful Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoids

Smoking Synthetic MarijuanaMany users have been rushed to the emergency room and have even died from using synthetic cannabinoids. Some of the harmful effects include:

  • Altered perceptions
  • Detachment from reality
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Violent behavior
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Heart damage
  • Kidney damage

Street Names for Synthetic Marijuana

There are over 500 different street names and brand names for synthetic marijuana. Here are some of the most common names:

  • Spice
  • K2
  • Spice Diamond
  • Solar Flare
  • Dark Night

Synthetic Cathinones

Cathinones Bath SaltsSynthetic cathinones are usually sold as bath salts and marketed as substitutes for methamphetamine and cocaine. The effects are much stronger and, in many cases, very dangerous. It’s usually in the form of brown or white crystal-like powder and sold in small plastic packages labeled, “Not for Human Consumption.” Users typically smoke, snort, inject or even swallow synthetic cathinones.

Are Synthetic Cathinones Addictive?

Yes, synthetic cathinones are highly addictive. Users have reported having very intense cravings to use the drug again. Animal studies have even shown that rats will self-administer the drug over and over again. Users who try to quit can experience strong withdrawal symptoms which include:

  • Paranoia
  • Problems sleeping
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety

Harmful Effects of Synthetic Cathinones

Snorting CathinonesPeople have lost limbs after injecting synthetic cathinones from a flesh-destroying infection. People have been known to strip off their clothes, commit suicide, act out violently and murder others. The chemicals in these synthetic drugs are so toxic that they can lead to a breakdown of skeletal muscle tissues and organs. Some of the harmful effects include:

  • Panic attacks
  • Excited delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Homicidal behavior
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Seizures
  • Heart damage
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure

Street Names for Synthetic Cathinones

There are many different street names and brand names for synthetic cathinones. Here are some common names:

  • Flakka
  • Cloud Nine
  • Blue Silk
  • Vanilla Sky
  • Plant Food

Signs and Symptoms of Synthetic Drug Use

Signs and Symptoms of Synthetic Drug UseThere’s a wide range of signs and symptoms of synthetic drug use. The chemicals are always being altered and each user may experience different effects. Here are several signs and symptoms that can determine if someone has been using synthetic drugs:

  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Aggression
  • Seizures
  • Paranoia
  • Chest pain
  • Sweating
  • Inability to speak
  • Restlessness
  • Agitation
  • Tearing off clothes
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Self-destructive behavior

These symptoms can last for either hours or, in some cases, even days. Users will usually continue to use despite the harm that is being done since these synthetic drugs are addictive.

What to do if Someone is Using Synthetic Drugs

Recovery from DrugsThough these drugs can cause severe effects to a person’s mind and body, Narconon Fresh Start is able to help repair the damage by flushing the harmful drug toxins out of the body and addressing the cause of addiction and restoring the person’s personal values and integrity. Each week, many people complete the Narconon Fresh Start program and return to a productive and successful member of society without ever having to turn to drugs again.

Call a rehab specialist today and go over your treatment options if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction.


Learn about the new W-18 Synthetic Drug that is 100 times more powerful than than fentanyl and 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.

W-18: A New Designer Drug that can Easily Kill

W-18 DrugW-18 is a new street drug that has been making news headlines across the web. Apparently it’s so strong that pharmaceutical companies did not dare produce this compound. The formula was archived and forgotten about for decades.

W-18 was the most powerful synthetic opioids among about 30 other drug formulas. It was developed at the University of Alberta and patented in the US and Canada in 1984.

W-18 first showed up in Canada last fall when Calgary police seized some pills containing the substance. Then 2.5 pounds of the drug showed up in the U.S. at man’s residence in Florida.

Reports are showing that W-18 is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.

Fentanyl is an opioid that is prescribed by doctors to treat severe pain and is mainly used in hospitals. This sedative is highly addictive. It can be used in pill form, lollipops, shots, nasal spray or intravenously and other various forms. Sometimes it gets mixed with heroin to make it more potent, but can kill the user. It can show up in counterfeit pills which has already killed hundreds of people because they did not know what they were dealing with.

Morphine is also highly addictive and classified as an opioid. It is used by doctors to treat moderate to severe pain. Many users have overdosed or died from abusing morphine.

W-18 is so strong that it has to measured in millionths of a gram. You can see how overdoses and deaths can easily occur from dealers or users not measuring dosages properly.

Dealers and users need to be cautious of what they’re buying and selling or using. Staying clean is a person’s safest bet or finding true recovery from drug addiction right away.

Find out how the Narconon Fresh Start program offers true recovery for those suffering from drug addiction.

2C-I-NBOMe and 2C-C-NBOMe

2C-I-NBOMe and 2C-C-NBOMe are two psychedelic synthetic substances that are being used here in the U.S.

As the world of synthetic drugs continues to grow and expand another deadly substance has surfaced. 2C-I-NBOMe (also known as 25I-NBOMe) and 2C-C-NBOMe are synthetic designer drugs; their chemical structures emulate the high a user would experience on LSD. However, these drugs are so intoxicating that even a small dose, the size of a few grains of salt are enough to get the user high. Many users are misinformed about the substances and consume more than the amount necessary to get “high”, resulting in overwhelming hallucinations and in some cases deadly overdoses.

The cost of these substances is relatively inexpensive with a dose ranging in price from $0.25 to $5.00.   Users ingest these drugs in a variety of ways. They may snort the drug, take it on blotter paper, inject the substance, place it under their tongue, or even bake it into food items (brownies). The visual effects of these synthetic psychedelic substances are similar to LSD, but slightly different. Users may experience a powerful euphoric feeling, similar to Ecstasy. The duration of effects from these synthetic drugs depend on how the substance was consumed. When taken by mouth via a tab of blotter paper or under the tongue the effects may last anywhere from 6-10 hours. When the drug is insufflated (snorted) the duration of the effects range from 4-6 hours. However, effects of these substances have been known to last significantly longer depending on the dosage the user takes. Some users have reported effects lasting longer than 12 hours.

Some users have mistakenly taken 2C-I-NBOMe and 2C-C-NBOMe thinking they are consuming LSD. These users find that the drug they have actually consumed is much more powerful and intense than LSD. Taking 2 blotter tabs of these synthetic psychedelic drugs can lead to a “bad” trip, very dangerous side effects, a visit to the ER and in some of the worst cases death. In the past years, numerous deaths have been associated with 2C-I-NBOMe and 2C-C-NBOMe. Fatal reactions from these drugs have lead to uncontrollable convulsions, foaming at the mouth, multiple organ failure and cardiac arrest.

Teens and young adults looking to get high have more choices than ever before. Synthetic drugs have been created to emulate the effects of marijuana, cocaine, meth, LSD, and heroin. The chemical makeup of these synthetic drugs are hard to pin down, and once identified and banned – the chemical companies alter the compound ever so slightly and avoid legal issues. When the chemical companies alter the compound from the one that is banned, it is no longer considered a controlled substance here in the United States and it is back on the market. Many of these chemical compounds are manufactured overseas. They are imported in bulk and sold here in the United States once the substance is assembled and packaged for resale. Often, they are labeled as “research chemicals” or “not for human consumption” in order to avoid prosecution.

In order to prevent your teen or loved one from experimenting with synthetic drugs it is important that you know what your kids are doing. While they may seem unwilling to share their day to day life with you, it is critical that you know what they are doing on the computer, who they are online with and who they are spending time around. By becoming invested and active in their daily life will you know what is going on behind closed doors. Keep an open dialog with them using social media, TV., movies, etc. to begin conversations about all forms of substance use. Synthetic drugs have become a widespread problem and it is important that your teen or loved one understand their dangers.

Pump-It Powder

Pump It Powder Synthetic DrugPump-It powder is a synthetic drug that is sold over the internet and widely available in gas stations and novelty stores.

As the demand for substances that alter the user’s senses continues to escalate, a new drug has found a place in the synthetic drug market. Pump-It powder is the new synthetic drug created from “enhanced plant vitamin” that gets its name from the stimulating effects it creates in the user. Thought to contain Geranamine, also known as methylhexanamine, a dated amphetamine-related stimulant and decongestant that is found naturally in the geranium plant. Currently, methylhexanamine is a legal substance and is not scheduled by the Drug Enforcement Agency. There are not been many studies done on methylhexanamine since it was patented in 1944. Methylhexanamine is known to be a key component in many energy drinks and aphrodisiac mixtures. While many users of Pump-It powder report that the effects of the substance are similar to methylhexanamine, they also note that the drugs effects are similar to pre-ban bath salts containing methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV is a psychoactive recreational drug with stimulant properties). Because Pump-It powder and other synthetic drugs are manufactured using secret formulas, it remains unclear what is actually in the final product that is sold to the general public.

Recently, emergency rooms have been seeing Pump-It powder user’s being admitted for care due to seizures, hallucinations and paranoia. User’s of this substance report that the effects are similar to, but more intense than cocaine and meth. Currently, Pump-It powder use seems to be primarily in the Midwest and plain states. It appears this drug has not gained popularity on the Pacific Coast, as of yet. Obtaining this drug is relatively easy as it can be purchased over the internet, in gas stations and novelty stores. Users of Pump-It powder administer the drug by snorting it, injecting it or smoking it. Because its effects are somewhat time delayed, users often misjudge when the effects of the drug will come on and wind up taking double or even triple the dose. These higher doses lead to intensified effects and are often the reason behind user’s needing medical treatment. On average, a typical dose of Pump-It powder will create effects in the user for 4-6 hours, but there are users who have claimed the drug’s effects lasted 12 hours or longer. The duration of the effects from Pump-It powder appear to be determined by how much of the substance the user’s ingests.

Call the Narconon Fresh Start rehab help line to find out how our program can save a loved one’s life from drug addiction.

Bath Salts Use Declining

Synthetic CathinonesThe American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) has released their most up to date information on Bath Salts (synthetic cathinones) abuse. In it they go over the past several years abuse trends. In 2010, there were a mere 306 cases of bath salts use reported to the AAPCC. 2011 saw the highest number of bath salts abuse with 6,137 reported cases to the AAPCC. The number of cases dramatically dropped by half in 2012 to 2,691 cases of bath salts abuse and in 2013 the AAPCC has seen only 833 cases of bath salts abuse this year. While the year is not over yet, it is safe to say that the number of people abusing this powerful synthetic cathinones will not exceed last years. It appears the word is out about the dangers of this drug and more and more people are steering clear of it.