By now you all know, as your physician, I have your best medical interest at heart. You also know that you are now able to purchase quality cannabis products at any legitimate dispensary you choose.  These products are tested and should follow state statutes containing no synthetic products and have a profound safety profile (I.e. no overdoses nor deaths from use).  You should also know that any pharmaceutical medication is a synthetic and has potential side effects including overdoses, death, organ damage etc.

What about all these new synthetic cannabinoids ( DELTA-8 THC, DELTA-10, THC-P, THJCjd, THC-H, THC-O, HHC) showing up in gas stations, on line, convenience stores and smoke shops?

  1. They are all synthetics made by manipulating hemp CBD using sometimes toxic and dangerous solvents. These are being exploited by “hemp” product manufacturers to sell extremely potent intoxicants that are more dangerous than anything sold at your dispensary.
  2. There is no regard for public health and safety, little to no safety testing.
  3. These products are rife with contaminants, inaccurately labeled and brazenly marketed to children.
  4. “Hemp” manufacturers are producing compounds not native to the plant. The process involves the use of toxic and corrosive solvents and heavy metal catalysts, remnants of which can be found in the final product.


These products are not the same as delta-9 THC.

Cannabinoid researchers note that “synthetic cannabinoids” cause various health problems that are potentially deadly! Here are just some of the health problems.

  1. Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (bleeding in the lungs)
  2. Acute respiratory failure
  3. Stroke
  4. Seizures
  5. Kidney damage
  6. Increased risk of psychosis
  7. Ketene gas in concentrations that is harmful when heated in a vape device (lethal at 5 parts/million) What caused the deaths at the height of the EVALI “vaping crisis”

As your physician I am begging you to never ever use any of these products and please speak to your children about this issue.

To Your Health,

Mark Hashim, MD