What is Synthetic Weed? Know the Side Effects, Street Names and More

Synthetic weed (cannabinoids), a human-made mind-altering chemical that can be up to 100 times more potent than marijuana, remains a popular drug among American teenagers.

In the past year, 3.5 percent of twelfth graders, 2.9 percent of tenth graders and 1.6 percent of eighth graders reported using the drug, according to results from the 2018 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey.

The survey, which is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan, has tracked annual drug use among eighth, tenth and twelfth graders since 1975, according to DrugAbuse.gov.


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