History and Current Trends of Marijuana Abuse in the United States

June 15, 2010

The last in the series: Cannabis, Coca and Poppy: Nature’s Addictive Plants.

Spice, K2, What are these things, and what do they have to do with marijuana? The abuse of marijuana in the United States continues to evolve. Forensic scientists have witnessed the increasing potency of the marijuana plant over the last several decades. Sophisticated grow operations along with an understanding of the plant’s chemistry have allowed growers to obtain high potency levels. Now, users are abusing a new form of “marijuana” synthetic cannabinoids. The abuse of these legal smoking blends is rapidly increasing and presents new challenges to the forensic chemist.

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