Published online Feb 8, 2016. doi: 10.5409/wjcp.v5.i1.16
Peer-review started: July 29, 2015
First decision: November 3, 2015
Revised: November 15, 2015
Accepted: January 5, 2016
Article in press: January 7, 2016
Published online: February 8, 2016
Core tip: Synthetic cannabinoids are a group of substances that are typically much more potent than natural cannabis. These substances have been increasingly abused by youth over the past few years. A number of published reports have emerged documenting the serious health consequences associated with use of these products. Seizures, myocardial infarction and renal damage are some of the significant physical consequences associated with their use. With current limitations of toxicological analyses pediatricians are urged to familiarize themselves with these drugs and the typical presentations of patients who use them.