ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning about the dangers of synthetic marijuana, after a local couple suspected of using it, passed out in a hot car with a baby in the back seat.

Scott Collier with the DEA in St. Louis says you never know what chemicals have been sprayed on the synthetic pot.

“Most of these chemicals were used in research labs on mice. They were not used or intended to be used in human beings,” Collier says. “The ultimate effect of these, won’t be known for a generation.”

Collier says parents should warn their kids that synthetic pot, though sometimes sold in stores, is not safe.

“They have effects on the body and mind much different then say the cannabis you thought you were getting or you thought the chemical was mimicking,” Collier says.

He adds it can lead to heart palpitations, psychotic episodes and possible cognitive problems in the future.

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