active ingredient in marijuana, and are marketed toward young people as a “legal” high. Use of synthetic marijuana has increased significantly. According to data from the 2011 Monitoring the Future study of youth drug‐use trends, 11.4 percent of 12th graders used Spice or K2 in the past year. Known side effects of synthetic marijuana include psychosis or “Zombie Trance”, combative behavior, palpitations or fast heart beats, high blood pressure, stroke symptoms, seizures and death. Spice Basics Fact Sheet Spice or synthetic marijuana* is branded and sold as an inexpensive & legal alternative to marijuana. It is becoming a popular drug among young people. popular drug among young people. How is Spice Most Commonly Used:How is Spice Most Commonly Used: Smoked:Smoked: • hand rolled cigarettes • mixed with tobacco Fact Sheet: Medical Marijuana State of the Science In the June 5, 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the authors who are leading scientists state, “There is also a need to improve our understanding of how to harness the potential medical benefits of the marijuana Synthetic Drug Facts Statement on Common Synthetic Drugs In an effort to keep the student body, faculty, and staff informed about relevant public health and safety concerns, the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety has compiled the following document describing common synthetic drugs.