A synthetic drug is drug with properties and effects similar to a known hallucinogen or narcotic but having a slightly altered chemical structure, especially such a drug created in order to evade restrictions against illegal substances.

Examples of synthetic drugs include bath salts and synthetic marijuana. Bath salts will mimic synthetic hallucinogens while synthetic marijuana will mimic the effects of the chemical properties contained in THC or marijuana.

The compounds contained within synthetic drugs will stimulate the body’s central nervous system and cause effects similar to those caused by such things as cocaine and amphetamines. Symptoms can include: increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, hallucinations, paranoia, suicidal thought, violent behavior, nausea, vomiting, confusion, agitation, and seizures.

Some of the more common names for bath salts include:

  • Bliss
  • Blue Silk
  • Purple Tranquility
  • Purple Rave
  • Blue Magic
  • Amped
  • Rave
  • Voodoo Power. 

Some of the more common names for synthetic marijuana include:

  • K2
  • Spice
  • Black Mamba
  • Moon Rock
  • Sky High

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