Stereotypically, marijuana users are laid-back, non-confrontational people who enjoy their “high” at home and don’t cause any trouble for anyone. But, with today’s designer Wet Marijuana, this image of peace-loving people has taken on a whole new persona. In fact, stories abound across all media platforms about crazed, drugged, violent people behaving in bizarre ways and committing horrific crimes while under the influence of these substances.
The reasons for this dramatic change have to do with the way marijuana is augmented today with other dangerous and addictive substances. For instance, a favorite combination includes mixing PCP in weed to enhance the euphoric effects. Another dangerous method involves dipping a marijuana joint into a liquid mixture of PCP and embalming fluid. People are quite creative when it comes to finding new ways to get high.
What is Different About Today’s Wet Marijuana?
Addiction professionals nationwide are studying the effects of marijuana in response to the current demands by many states to legalize recreational use of the substance. Their primary concern is that the marijuana on the market today is far more potent than that used back in the 1960s and 70s, increasing the possibility for addiction and long-term adverse effects on a person’s mental and physical health. The enhanced potency is the result of a higher concentration of THC (as much as 30 percent THC) in the marijuana produced today.
Side effects of marijuana use include, but are not limited to – impaired attention and coordination, distorted images, hallucinations, impaired memory and cognitive skills, anxiety, panic attacks, respiratory problems, and certain cancers.
Below are some examples of why today’s marijuana is more potent and is responsible for the violent behavior and increased chances for addiction.
- PCP with Marijuana: In a process known as “dabbing,” the THC is extracted and laced with Phencyclidine. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the chemical in marijuana that produces the psychological effects. Other methods include dipping the joint in liquid PCP before smoking it. PCP is classified as a Schedule II Controlled Substance meaning it has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Marijuana is a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance meaning it has no approved medical use and a high potential for abuse or dependence.
- Phencyclidine is a dissociative anesthetic that was once used medically during the 1950s and is still used today as a veterinary tranquilizer. Medical use was discontinued in 1965 after the prevalence of adverse side effects such as hallucinations become apparent. PCP abuse often results in violent behavior and suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
- The side effects of PCP include, but are not limited to – memory impairment, toxic psychosis, speech problems, flashbacks, delusions, paranoia, delirium, dysphoria, agitation, anxiety, imperviousness to pain, severe hallucinations.
- Availability: Manufactured in clandestine labs. It is illicitly available on the streets in powder, liquid, tablet, and capsule forms.
- Street names: Ace, BOHD, Chips, Clickums, Dips, Donk, Dust Blunt, Elephant, Frios, Happy Stick, Illies, Illing, Killer Weed, Leak, Super Grass, Tea, Wet, Zoom.
- Embalming Fluid with Marijuana: Marijuana leaves are soaked in or sprayed with embalming fluid. Embalming fluid is a legal substance that is readily available.
- Embalming fluid is composed of formaldehyde, ethanol, methanol, and other solvents. The percentage of formaldehyde in the fluid ranges from five to twenty-nine percent. This substance causes a cigarette or joint to burn more slowly, producing a prolonged high.
- The side effects of embalming fluid include, but are not limited to – impaired coordination, detachment from reality, anger, forgetfulness, a sense of invincibility, auditory hallucinations, bronchitis, lung and brain damage, destruction of body tissue, and sores in the throat, nose, and esophagus.
- Availability: Embalming fluid (formaldehyde) can be found in funeral homes, school science labs, and some of the products sold in beauty supply stores or drug stores.
- Street names: Amp, Clicker, Dipped Joints, Water, Wet, Wet Sticks.
Other dangerous combinations involving marijuana include:
- Woofies: marijuana and crack or PCP
- Wicky: powder cocaine, PCP, and marijuana
- Ozone: marijuana, PCP, and crack cocaine
- Jim Jones: marijuana, PCP, and cocaine
- Fuel: marijuana mixed with insecticides
- Bush: marijuana with cocaine, PCP
When combining the side effects of marijuana with the side effects of other toxic chemicals listed above, the symptoms can become extremely problematic.
Do These Drug Cocktails Cause Violent Behavior?
Wet Marijuana (weed laced with PCP) is causing an upsurge in emergency room visits across the nation. It is also responsible for increased acts of violence and suicides by users. One medical professional stated that in their Crisis Response Centers, Wet users are strapped to gurneys to protect them and others from harm. Most of the users are teens or are in their mid-twenties. He also revealed that some of these individuals confess to hearing voices telling them to hurt people or commit crimes.
Other incidents witnessed by medical personnel include seeing Wet marijuana users coming to the ER with broken legs and ribs from jumping out of a window. Because PCP is an anesthetic, these types of injuries often go unnoticed until the drug wears off and the individual becomes aware of the pain.
Violence against Others
Although many crimes are attributed to Wet Marijuana abuse, many scientists are skeptical about the connection. However, tests conclude that the substance was detected at the time of the crime. One such crime involved a man accused of killing a 6-year-old boy and harming his 12-year-old sister.
Another example of violence perpetrated while under the influence of Wet Marijuana includes a 31-year-old man who slit the throat of a sleeping man and then went on to stab the victim’s 12-year-old sister. The perpetrator admitted to having smoked marijuana laced with PCP before going on the rampage.
In another incidence, a 14-year-old boy stabbed his neighbor more than 70 times after smoking Wet. He said he heard voices in his head.
One final example of the dangers of weed laced with PCP involves a young woman who decapitated her 2-year-old son before killing herself. Officials have reason to believe this woman was using Wet before the incident occurred.
Stories like the above are happening daily across the United States. Of course, some are blown out of proportion by social media, but the facts remain irrefutable. This drug is exceptionally potent and dangerous to the user himself and to innocent bystanders who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
What Can be Done to Prevent More Violence and Deaths?
The odds are that society will always have drug and alcohol-related problems to some extent, but there are ways to bring some measure of control. Awareness and education about the dangers is one way to begin. Teaching parents the warning signs to look for in their teen children can also help save lives. If those efforts fail, the next option is to provide efficient, affordable treatment programs for the unfortunate individuals who have developed an addiction to these substances.
If you or someone you love is struggling with abuse or addiction to Wet Marijuana, please call About Addiction at our toll-free number today. We know what it takes to overcome addictions, and we can help you choose a treatment program that is specially designed for your needs and preferences. A member of our knowledgeable staff is available 24/7 to answer your questions and help you make an informed decision.