Mar 4 2013
Kronic refers to synthetic cannabis. Kronic has many names. The most common include; K2, spice and Kaos. Kronic was initially designed to bypass drug laws because it is made using legal chemicals. It gives users a high which is legal. The high is commonly referred to as legal high.
What is Kronic or Synthetic Cannabis?
Synthetic cannabis simply refers to cannabis that is made in laboratories. Synthetic cannabis has synthesized chemical components or copies of (THC) delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol which is the main active ingredient in marijuana. The synthesized chemical components are composed of laboratory made chemicals like CP-47, JWH-018 or 497-C8 which have the same effect on the brain as cannabis. Although pharmaceutical cannabis is used to treat certain conditions i.e. pain and nausea, synthetic cannabis is marketed because of its euphoric effects. Kronic or synthetic cannabis is usually smoked to produce a very quick and intense ”high” or psychoactive drug effect.
Kronic or Synthetic Cannabis Effects
It is important to note that the composition of Kronic varies therefore no one knows the precise composition. Also, there is no recommended dosage so the exact effects still remain unclear. Most studies focus on the negative effects of Kronic that have been reported i.e. agitation, anxiety and exacerbation of psychosis. These studies are consistent with some of the adverse side effects of smoking cannabis. It is therefore accurate to assume that Kronic produces the same effects as cannabis.
Is Kronic Addictive?
Addiction is caused by neurobiological changes in the body which increase a person’s dependence and tolerance to a drug. Addiction also causes a withdrawal phenomenon when a person attempts to discontinue drug use making it very hard to stop using drugs.
According to numerous studies, the cannabis plant has a tendency to cause dependence, tolerance and withdrawal symptoms. It is important to note that for drugs to be addictive, they need to produce neurochemical reward/s which is the case with Kronic or synthetic cannabis.
The Kronic Problem
According to numerous research studies, the Kronic problem is not as severe as the use of the cannabis plant. When you compare Kronic use and the use of other hard drugs i.e. cocaine, heroin, meth, etc., Kronic use is insignificant. Very few people use Kronic over the cannabis plant.
The concerns on Kronic use are not based on the severity of Kronic use but on Kronic agents or Kronic metabolites. Kronic agents can’t be detected through conventional drug screening methods used in workplaces. This is a serious concern that calls for new drug testing techniques that factor in synthetic drug agent and many prescriptions drugs that are commonly abused.
In summary, the fact that Kronic is synthetic cannabis doesn’t make the drug safe for use. Kronic still produces the same adverse effects produced by the cannabis plant. It is in fact more dangerous because no one knows the exact chemical composition of the drug. The fact that Kronic use can’t be detected by the current drug testing techniques and methods is a cause for concern. Kronic or synthetic cannabis is one step ahead of the current drug laws. It is therefore important to consider developing more comprehensive drug laws and policies to ensure that legal loopholes aren’t exploited.