Many teenagers abuse drugs such as marijuana which are available from illegal drug dealers, or with a prescription, in some states, from legal dispensaries. This is difficult for many drug abusers as employers around the United States of America enforce random arbitrary drug screenings, from urine tests to rarer tests of blood and/or hair. This difficulty, along with that of finding reliable drug dealers has led many teens to start abusing synthetic cannabinoids. Synthetic cannabinoids are sold online, and in many smoke shops, labeled as incense. Although it is labeled as incense, it is smoked in much the same way as marijuana with users rolling up blunts, or smoking it through weed pipes and bongs. Drug-culture has termed all synthetic cannabinoids by the term "Spice", adopted from one particular popular brand of the drug.
Although synthetic cannabinoids still aren’t scheduled in the United States of America, several countries and American states have moved to ban them. Presently, they are illegal in the American states of Kansas, Georgia and Tennessee with potential legislation against them under consideration in several other states. The United States Commander of Marine Corps Forces, Pacific (MARFORPAC) has officially banned Navy and Marine personnel from abusing this particular drug in light of several cases of abuse discovered amongst personnel stationed at East Asian bases. In much the same vein, the United States Air Force has moved to prohibit the use of this drug for all of it’s personnel also.
At present, very little research has been conducted on the short and long term effects of synthetic cannabinoids. As such, there is no present medicinal use sanctioned by hospitals of this particular drug. It’s uses are purely recreational and generally limited to the demographic of drug abusers that don’t want a test to determine that they have THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) in their bodily system.
Likewise, at present, as the long term effects of this relatively new drug are totally unknown, it’s addictiveness is also disputed. Certain individuals have claimed that these drugs are addictive and that the high achieved therefrom is far more significant than that induced through marijuana.