Cannabis has been used in many ways in the ancient past and usually for medicinal and religious purposes. It was also abused by many due to its psychoactive effects that could make a person high, relaxed, and calm. However, it was originally used as a pain relief, but now that technology has gotten far, there are many other properties that have been discovered. Many pharmaceutical companies like FSD Pharma have been studying and developing different kinds of ways to enhance and discover those medicinal properties that the cannabis has.
There are, however, other companies out there that have been making synthetic cannabinoids. They are vastly different than natural cannabis, but it has some similarities.
There is a big difference between natural cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids. Of course, cannabis is plant-based and can be grown, synthetic cannabinoids cannot be found naturally in a cannabis plant. These are actually chemicals that are designed to act like THC or tetrahydrocannabinol.
Tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound found in cannabis plants that offers different kinds of health benefits, but it has psychoactive effects as a downside.
Synthetic cannabinoids are actually developed to mimic the activity of THC, which makes a lot of effects of the substance the same with what regular THC products would offer. The difference is that it is full agonists at cannabinoid receptors with biologically active metabolites. They are far more potent than the naturally occurring THC. What it means is that users will get to experience its negative side effects much easier if they take too much of the substance. This is particularly true for those who are unaware of how much stronger synthetic cannabinoids are.
The issue is that these synthetic cannabinoids are usually mixed in unknown herbal mixes and then sold on markets. These mixes could potentially harm the user if they are not aware how strong the effects are. It also has random effects and will depend on the person, but it is mostly harmful for anyone to consume or use. Aside from smoking, some even use these synthetic cannabinoids for mixing with food and eating them. Some even mix it with drinks. There are others who have found a way to vape it with the use of an e-cigarette.
Enthusiasts of cannabis should be aware of synthetic cannabinoids before it could potentially harm them. To ensure their safety, it is always prudent to check the products first for contents and ingredients. Ask specifically what kind of ingredients is mixed in and how they were made before using them. Licensed dispensaries do not sell these kinds of products, but to be sure, just ask for confirmation.
You can also search for the product name and check the ingredients on your own. There should be information from websites that reveal what kind of cannabis plants are being used for those products. It would be better if the products you use are made from natural cannabis plants and not of synthetic nature. If not, you can ask experts in the cannabis industry for advice.