The US Army issued a warning this week about the dangers of using synthetic cannabinoids. In the past month, two Marines have died and over 60 soldiers have been hospitalized from synthetic cannabinoid use.
Army Allows Recruits Who Have Used Marijuana in Past…Still Can’t Use Pot Once They Serve
Although the Army recently stopped banning recruits who used marijuana in the past, soldiers are still not permitted to use pot once after they sign on.
Major General Jeff Snow, head of the Army’s recruiting command said he’ll waive past use of marijuana “all day long” so long as recruits “understand they cannot do that when they serve in the military.”
Current army regulations prohibit the use of any products derived from marijuana, including CBD oil. Several people suspect this is what’s led to the increase of the use of synthetic cannabinoid oil. One study found that soldiers were twice as likely to try synthetic cannabinoids than they were to try “real marijuana.”
US Army Issues Public Health Alert on Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids
In a public health alert, the US Army Public Health Center said several military recruits have been recently hospitalized for some pretty serious health problems.
Symptoms that brought 60 soldiers and Marines in North Carolina and 33 troops in Utah to the hospital included nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, palpitations, agitation, dilated pupils, and seizures. All of these are associated with the use of synthetic cannabinoids.
Two Marines have died from what is being blamed as synthetic cannabinoid-induced seizures.
Just how Dangerous Are Synthetic Cannabinoids?
Synthetic cannabinoids are undoubtedly dangerous. And despite the dangers, the use of this “fake weed” is increasing dramatically. The CBS This Morning video below touches upon the “dramatic spike in synthetic marijuana overdoses.”
Synthetic cannabinoids aren’t illegal, and they don’t show up in a drug test. Because of this (even with the dangers they pose) people who can’t smoke pot are willing to give them a try. Military personnel included.
Sadly, these synthetics are killing those that take them. “Real” marijuana however, still hasn’t been reported to take anyone’s life. Ever.