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Synthetic Cannabinoids

Cannabinoid chemicals are sprayed onto plant material and smoked to appear like marijuana.
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Synthetic Cathinones

Often known as “bath salts,” cathinones contain amphetamine-like stimulants that can be ingested orally, injected or snorted.
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What is Vapor?


Liquid forms of synthetic cannabinoids are ingested using a vapor pen or electronic cigarette that produces little to no odor.
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Synthetic drug facts

Synthetic drug facts

Synthetic drugs include any substance that aims to mimic the effects of illegal chemicals and may contain stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic properties.

What to look for

What to look for

Synthetic drug packaging can range from plastic tubes or bottles to brightly colored foil packets.

What to say

What to say

If you have concern that someone you know may be using synthetic drugs, it is important address the issue directly, with the individual’s best interest in mind.

Frequently Asked Questions


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Synthetic Cannabinoid (yellow) and Cathinone (black) Exposure Calls

Hennepin Regional Poison Control Center, January 2010 – June 2014


Past-Year Use of Illicit Drugs by High School Seniors (percent)

  • Marijuana/Hashish 36.4%
  • Synthetic Cannabinoids 11.3%
  • Hallucinogens 4.8%
  • Salvia 4.4%
  • MDMA (Ecstasy) 3.8%
  • Cocaine 2.7%

Source: 2012 National Institute on Drug Abuse

In The News

Bismarck jury finds owner, manager of ND skate shop guilty of selling synthetic drugs

Fourth defendant sentenced in Woodbury teen deathJuly 2015 – A jury has found the owner and manager of a skate shop in Bismarck guilty of operating a business where synthetic drugs were sold. Jurors found Discontent owner Thomas Teply, of Moorhead, Minnesota, guilty of four counts related to the sale of synthetic drugs and paraphernalia. The jury convicted manager Steven Johnson, of Bismarck, three charges, including possession of synthetic cannabinoids with intent to deliver. [Full story]

Sen. Klobuchar Introduces SALT Act to Fight Synthetic Drugs

June 2015 – Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is making another push to battle the growing epidemic of synthetic drugs. The Democrat spoke on the Senate floor to tell colleagues about a bipartisan bill she’s introduced with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina). [Full story]

Emerging Trends: Increasing Overdoses From Synthetic Cannabinoids in Several States
Emerging TrendsMay 2015 – Updated May 8, 2015 – Recent surges in hospitalizations and calls to poison control centers linked to consumption of synthetic cannabinoid products–sold under brand names like “Spice,” “K2,” “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” and others–are being reported in several southern and northeastern U.S. states and have prompted officials to issue health warnings. [Full story]

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