JWH-018, also called a ‘synthetic cannabinoid’, is an emerging drug of choice to replace the use of Marijuana. Since it provides the same effect or even better than Marijuana, most herbal smoke blends incorporate JWH-018 as part of the ingredients to achieve a better ‘high’ experience. Nevertheless, the effects of JWH-018 still vary among individuals. Usually, novice smokers may undergo a much more profound “high” experience compared to regulars. A few users may or may not show the same signs and symptoms, however, they may experience the same effect of JWH-018 in general.
Side Effects of Smoking JWH-018
JWH-018 mimics the mechanism of THC found in marijuana, thus affecting the functions of the brain resulting in CNS depression. Since it binds itself to CB1 receptors dominantly found in the brain, expect to notice symptoms of alterations in the control of emotions, motivation, judgment, memory, and learning. For smoking a regular dose of 3 to 5mg of JWH-018, its psychological effects include:
- Heightened mood
- Enhanced sense of humor
- Heightened curiosity and intrigue
- Racing thoughts
- Time distortion and dilation
- Buzzing or humming like a psychedelic experience
- Reduced concentration
- Relaxed state
- Mild euphoria (phasing in between bouts)
- Manic-depressive disorder
Physical Effects of JWH-018
Like its cognitive and psychological effects, physical effects are obvious upon using JWH-018:
- Bloodshot eyes
- Droopy eyelids
- Heavy sinking feeling
- Respiratory suppression
- Controlled breathing
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
- Sensitivity to pleasure
JWH-018 also renders some positive effects such as analgesia and anti-anxiety. These claims are doubtful due to lack of evidence from scientific researchers. Therefore, the proposal for its medical application as a response to its therapeutic effect is still out-of-the-question.
Dangers of JWH-018
Although no fatalities caused by JWH-018 are known, smoking higher doses of JWH-018 is quite dangerous. The most extreme side effects of using this drug include short-term memory loss, extreme sedation, induced coma, euphoria, paranoia, anxiety, confusion, and vomiting. JWH-018 creates shocking brain effects, life-threatening hallucinations and sometimes seizures. The drug also impacts the cardiovascular system via increased heart rate and blood pressure.
Withdrawal Symptoms of JWH-018
Users who suddenly withdraw from using JWH-018 may experience:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bouts of headaches
- Heart palpitations
Despite the potential negative side effects of JWH-018, it is possible to detect this drug via synthetic drug tests.