The use of synthetic marijuana is on the rise for kids in the US. The “benefits” of the synthetic form are that less drug can produce a stronger high, and it doesn’t show up in most routine lab tests, which makes it doubly attractive to kids. But with increased potency comes increased risk of serious effects. And they may be long-term, based on what we know about the developing brain. Hospitals are seeing more and more cases of synthetic pot intoxication, and poison control centers are receiving escalating numbers of calls about the drug.

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