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Synthetic Marijuana Use Signs and Symptoms

Individuals in substance abuse treatment at Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment have confirmed the dangerous effects of synthetic marijuana use.

Synthetic Marijuana use signs include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Over-activation of the central nervous system (e.g., elevated temperature, rapid heartbeat).

An individual who used synthetic marijuana reported he felt as though his heart was pounding so intensely it would explode.

Some users report a sensation that can only be best described as a temporary paralysis of motor movement. For example, an individual reported he was so high from synthetic marijuana that he could not tell if he was breathing anymore, but was clearly conscious.

Some users report significant agitation and aggression when coming off of synthetic marijuana or when they are eager for their next fix; others may not have this experience at all.

Synthetic marijuana users who were otherwise completely free of suicidal thoughts said they became suicidal after using synthetic marijuana. Users who overdosed reported blacking out, having seizures and vomiting.

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If you or someone you know needs help with a synthetic marijuana abuse problem, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment can help. With treatment programs personalized to meet the specific needs of men, women, teens, and young men, Gateway's team of experienced professionals has been helping individuals overcome substance abuse for more than 40 years.

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