Newest Synthetic Marijuana Variants, Cloud 9 and Mojo, Send Kids To Hospitals in LA, TX and MI

Cloud 9 synthetic marijuana droplets

According to federal authorities, new variations of synthetic cannabinoids (also known as synthetic marijuana, Spice and K2) and synthetic cathinones (bath salts) have recently been driving young adults and teens into hospitals around the country in hughe numbers.

The latest Global Drug Survey confirms that synthetic drug use continues to increase worldwide. According to the survey, more than 20% of Americans and over 10% of people worldwide admitting having tried synthetic drugs at least once.

The new synthetic drugs sending people to the hospital recently are sold under several names, the most popular being Cloud 9, Mojo and Scooby Snax.  

During the first 4 months of 2015, US poison control centers reported more than 2,400 exposures to synthetic marijuana, which is triple the number recorded during the same period in 2014.

AAPCC Synthetic Cannabinoid Use 2010-2015
Chart Courtesy AAPCC.org

In April, 2015, over a thousand people were admitted into hospitals around the US, with large-scale reports of hospitalizations in New York, Alabama, Michigan, Louisiana and Texas. Many cases involve hallucinations, psychotic episodes and aggressive behavior. Cases involving heart palpitations, dehydration, serious brain damage and death have also been reported.

Producers of synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones create dozens of new chemicals every year to evade state and federal classification as an outlawed substance.

While chemically similar to each other, every variant of synthetic drug is unique, untested and has the potential to inflict harm and result in unpredictable side effects. Dosage guidelines are lacking in most cases, and hospitals many not know how to treat an overdose due to the newness of the drug.

Synthetic drug side effects are in general more severe than natural marijuana and include aggressive and suicidal behavior in many users, most of whom are teens or young adults.

The two most popular new variations of synthetics that are especially dangerous include:

Cloud 9, Relax or Crown

Active ingredient: AB-PINACA, AB-FUBINACA

Cloud 9 synthetic marijuana dropletsCloud 9 and its new sibling. Cloud 10, are sold in herbal form for smoking and as a liquid, in eyedropper bottles. It is often consumed using vaporizing devices such as e-cigarettes or hookah pens. Side effects include hallucinations, aggressive/violent behavior, rapid heartbeat, sleepiness and nausea/vomiting.

Mojo, Spice, K2 or Scooby Snax

Active ingredient: MAB-CHMINACA & ADB-CHMINACA

scooby snax synthetic weedIn October, 2014, more than 150 hospital visits in Louisiana alone were caused by this strain of synthetic marijuana. The governor of LA promptly banned the drug in that state, as a result. Mojo, Spice and Scooby Snax are typically smoked in cigarette form or using pipes, bongs or other inhalant devices.

Mojo synthetic cannabisMojo causes severe agitation, paranoia and anxiety in many users. It greatly increases the heart rate and blood pressure of users, as well. Other common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, seizures and tremors; intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes; and suicidal fixations.

Both strains of synthetic drugs are known to be addictive and can cause extreme side effects for some users.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from addiction or withdrawals from Cloud 9, Mojo or Scooby Snax, please get help immediately. Some people report having increased suicidal thoughts and severe anxiety during withdrawal.

 

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  • YJ the soberman

    Im from Louisiana and ive seen enough of this scooby snack s***.

    #STOPSPICE2015!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Spylock

    I could get some good weed for what that crap cost,plus Im sure a Cop would rather deal with you while smoking good ole weed,might let you go with a ticket,or let you dump it out and let you go with a warning.

  • Blizzy Blizz

    Spice will be spice if you don’t like it don’t do it I mis how mdpv it helped mental patients Like me with sleep disorders. Who needed sleep I could stay awake for a month
    ..god bless

    • Mortimer

      With a name like “Blizzy Blizz” you probably used all of that extra free time to masturbate to midget porn

      • Blizzy Blizz

        Witha name liemortimoronBLiZZ thinksthisnwasdiscussion notahate on opinion grow up Bridgetthe midgetnotmystyle

      • Blizzy Blizz

        Alpthedeaths arerelYedbtomorethen justspice

  • Andrea Milioto

    Why not just legalize marijuana completely? Instead of having synthetic pot which is questionable, pot is natural. Imagine our nation’s deficit would be erased if we legalized pot and it does help people that need it for medicinal purposes. It is just very stupid of the government not to do so.

    • Sarad Thamia

      OMG I love you! LOL. I have been saying that for years now. People act like pot is this horrible scourge. Is *this* a better alternative?! Alcohol is more dangerous and destructive. How many teenagers drink themselves to death every year?! Or are treated for alcohol poisoning. There’s a reason that you don’t hear about marijuana poisoning. JS.
      -climbs off soapbox-

      • Andrea Milioto

        Exactly what I have been saying all along. Believe me some of our politicians need it. I do not think of it as a scourge. I think it is more of a help. The criminal justice system in this country needs to be revised so those who use pot are not deemed as criminals. I do not see people in the financial sector who brought our economy down in 2008 in jail, yet they put pot users in jail. There is something wrong here. Where is their liberty? I think people get angrier when they drink. Pot mellows people out. To me, it is absolute stupidity.

        • Blizzy Blizz

          They especially need to atleast make room for new fish

        • wzrd1

          It’d be useless to me, I favor legalization from a simple pragmatic view that our current prohibition has far too many deleterious effects than legalization would cause. As I’m severely allergic to marijuana smoke, I’d not benefit from legalization in any way, other than perhaps, a tad lower tax bill for less people being arrested and imprisoned for something trivial.

    • Common Sense

      The marajuana that helps people for medical purposes isn’t the same pot you get from a shady guy on the street corner. The government would be in debt either way. Legalizing pot isn’t the answer for a $20 trillion debt. It isn’t one of those if you can’t beat them join them thing. It is a matter of morals and protecting people.

    • wzrd1

      Cyanide is natural, so is carbon monoxide.
      Just because “it is natural” does not mean it is safe. What data that we do have shows that smoking marijuana is not as harmful as smoking tobacco, but there still remains a risk – one is inhaling smoke.

      That said, from a societal harm perspective, we’re devoting a *lot* of resources against something that has a lower harm index than ethanol and we’re destroying the future of those arrested in possession of marijuana for exceptionally poor reasons.
      Perhaps we should end this ill advised prohibition and simply tax it, as we do with tobacco and ethanol.