The United States Drug Enforcement Administration wants to make synthetic marijuana illegal. The fake pot are products that have been enhanced with several chemicals similar to those found in natural marijuana. Synthetic marijuana are substitute plants that can be smoked are ‘upgraded’ with chemicals like JWH-018 JWH-073 JWH-200 CP-47, and 497 cannabicyclohexanol. These mimic the active ingredient, THC chemical, which gives marijuana users their ‘high’. The DEA and FDA warn that smokeable plant products increasingly popular among teens and young adults. With names like Spice, K2, Blaze, Red X Dawn and Ultra Wizard Smoke. Cases of teenagers and young adults hospitalized after smoking incense have been recorded. These types of synthetic marijuana products differ from others, like Marinol pills, frequently prescribed by doctors to patients who may be helped fight pain and aliments with a THC in pill form. Marinol drug provides the same THC substitutes without the tar in marijuana when smoked. The Drug Policy Alliance has determined in the past year that these products are not a harmless alternative to marijuana.

A man smokes a joint during a rally for the legalization of marijuana in Mexico City September 5, 2010. About 200 people attended the rally, which was part of the Cannafest event, to urge that marijuana be legalised so that it can be used for recreational purposes. REUTERS/Henry Romero(MEXICO - Tags: SOCIETY)

Last week, the FDA cracked down on caffeinated alcohol drinks, commonly called ‘black out’ by college students. Beverages like Four Loko and Joose have a much higher alcohol content than beer and most wines. Several incidents involving wild drinking parties by college and even high school students have made headlines of late. Some involved deaths and sexual assaults.

The synthetic marijuana products have become increasingly a nuisance according to health and law enforcement officials. Often sold as incense, these products have managed to slip under Federal laws, until now.

With the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration making synthetic marijuana illegal, officials hope to curb use of these smokeable plant products increasingly popular among teens and young adults. The fake pot are treated with chemicals like JWH-018 JWH-073 JWH-200 CP-47, 497 cannabicyclohexanol which cause similar effects as THC chemical in natural marijuana. These chemicals were originally created to be used as THC Substitutes in prescription drugs like Marinol pills, also known as pot pills. The use of products like Spice, K2, Blaze, Red X Dawn and Ultra Wizard Smoke have led to an increase of teenagers and young adults hospitalized after smoking incense. The Drug Policy Alliance has determined in the past year that these products are not a harmless alternative to marijuana.

BERLIN - AUGUST 07: Demonstrators march in support of the legalization of marijuana in Germany during the annual Hemp Parade, or 'Hanfparade', on August 7, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The consumption of cannabis in Germany is legal, though all other aspects, including growing, importing or selling it, are not. However, since the introduction of a new law in 2009, the sale and possession of marijuana for licenced medicinal use is legal. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)BERLIN - AUGUST 07: Demonstrators march in support of the legalization of marijuana in Germany during the annual Hemp Parade, or 'Hanfparade', on August 7, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The consumption of cannabis in Germany is legal, though all other aspects, including growing, importing or selling it, are not. However, since the introduction of a new law in 2009, the sale and possession of marijuana for licenced medicinal use is legal. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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