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The Synthetic Drug Spice Is Not Marijuana

Medical marijuana is one the most amazing medical wonders of the modern and ancient worlds. If there’s such a thing as a medical panacea or “silver bullet” for disease, cannabis would be it. Not one death has ever been contributed to consuming or smoking this kind herb. In the worst case scenario of an “overdose” of cannabinoid kindness, you may have to take a relaxing nap.

Whereas, according to a report by the Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, aspirin (acetaminophen), a “synthetic” form of white willow bark, is the leading cause for calls to Poison Control Centers. Aspirin overdose accounts for more than 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations, and an estimated 458 deaths due to acute liver failure each year. Heavily marketed for its safety compared to non-steroidal analgesics (NSAIDS), aspirin produces more than $1,000,000,000 in annual sales for Tylenol products alone. What’s worse is “properly” prescribed and administered “synthetic” drugs kill more than 120,000 Americans annually. To add to the overwhelming carnage of readily available “synthetic” drugs, is the emerging recreational “Legal High” products being sold Over-The-Counter in convenient stores and gas stations all across the country.

Ironically, while pro-drug war advocates and cannabis prohibitionists drag their feet on the legitimate issue of legalizing medical marijuana, an entire generation of kids is being encouraged to smoke a dangerous form of “synthetic weed,” known by the street names “Spice,” “Scooby Snax” or “K2.” Openly advertised as the so-called “legal alternative” to medical marijuana and is often sold as incense or potpourri, however in 41 states it is anything but legal!

In 2010, synthetic marijuana was linked to 11,406 emergency room visits and most of those kids were between the ages of 12 to 17. In December, 2012, the drug landed a 16 year old girl in ICU with multiple strokes. Emily Bauer was pulled off life support on January 6th, 2013, after day 28 of being in a coma. Miraculously she pulled through. Emily is currently blind, partially paralyzed and struggles to even swallow food or speak. Her family started a nonprofit organization called Synthetic Awareness For Emily (S.A.F.E.).

Their goal is to educate families, as well as teachers and doctors, about the dangers and warning signs of synthetic marijuana use.
See maybe sharing this will save someone’s life.

~The Botanical Guru

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