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Synthetic CBD can be described as laboratory synthesized chemical compounds sharing the same structure with the phyto -or endocannabinoids. Although they share the same structure with the endo/phytocannabinoids, they are different from the naturally occurring cannabinoids and can bind to the same receptors in the brain and Central Nervous System. They can also elicit almost the same psychoactive effects as CBD.

These synthetic CBD can also be described as designer drugs that are commonly sprayed on plants matter and are usually smoked with the sole aim of experiencing the same effect as CBD. Data gathered from research has shown that most of the synthetic CBD function as agonists of the cannabinoid receptors and have been primarily designed with a strength similar to psychoactive THC with the strongest binding affinity to CB1 receptors.

Uses of Synthetic CBD

At first, synthetic CBD was created primarily for research purposes on the roles of tetrahydrocannabinol on the body. There was a great interest in determining the psychoactive and analgesic activity of the compound. Due to legal issues surrounding the use of THC, it was quite impossible to obtain a reasonable quantity for research hence the reason why most researchers settled for laboratory synthesized CBD for their research works. The use of these synthetic cannabinoids like Nabilone, dronabinol, and Marinol became instrumental in the discovery of the cannabinoids receptors in the early 1990s and appetite stimulant.

In recent years, synthetic CBD has been utilized as a recreational drug in an attempt to elicit similar cannabis effect in the body since they were inexpensive and tested negative to standard marijuana test.

Side effects of using synthetic CBD

The use of synthetic CBD has been linked with several side effects which makes it toxic for use in human populations. Toxicological studies conducted by the CDC revealed that the death toll arising from the use of synthetic CBD tripled between 2014 and 2015. These drugs were labeled dangerous since they were more potent than marijuana and elicited far lethal psychoactive effects

Other forms of side effects linked with the use of synthetic CBD include but are not limited to the following;

  • Palpitations
  • Vomiting
  • Paranoia
  • An intense level of anxiety
  • Poor coordination
  • Seizures and confusion.
  • Death

There have also been reported cases where the synthetic CBD triggered the strong compulsion to re-dose, withdrawal symptoms and persistent cravings which were not present with phytocannabinoids. To safeguard the public from experiencing an increase in the death toll recorded from the use of Synthetic CBD, the United States Food and Drug Administration gave a stern warning in 2018 on the potential health risks of consuming synthetic CBD.

Conclusion

Synthetic CBD may be cheaper; it may produce more effects than the naturally occurring CBD, but adequate care must be taken to understand that it can be toxic and lead to death in severe cases. Unless stated otherwise by your physician, it is highly recommended that you avoid it for now. Contact us if you have any questions on the use of CBD and its potential side effects, we will love to hear from you.