I guess I’m really behind times. I had never heard of this synthetic chemical blend of dried herbs called K2. This is a blend of exotic herbs and other plants that have been coated with chemicals and when smoked like a joint, produces euphoria. The product is marketed and labeled as incense or bath salts for your home but obviously that’s just for marketing and is being sold and used for other purposes.
Unlike marijuana, K2 is legal in most states. According to the CBS evening news, Missouri became the 6th state to ban the use of K2 thankfully.
This stuff is supposed to produce a high similar to marijuana but doesn’t contain THC which is the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Instead K2 contains synthetic chemicals known as JWH-018 and JWH-073 that mimic THC in the brain. Research shows that it’s 10 times more intense than marijuana. K2 can cause loss of consciousness, paranoia, hallucinations and psychotic episodes. This mixture or compound was created in the mid-1990 in a lab by an organic chemist for study purposes. Sometime later, some think in Europe in 2008, someone got the idea of doping the incense mixture with a compound and smoking it.
This drug fad is fueled online and in a matter of time, it will spread like wildfire. There are similar products named Spice, Genie, Blaze, Red X Dawn and Zohai. Teenagers have been hospitalized, suffered severe hallucinations, vomiting, increased heart rate, and even seizures. More studies need to be done before they know the long term permanent effects from K2 use. They do know however, that driving after smoking a joint compares to driving under the influence of alcohol.
Looking into this further, I found an article that was done July 20, 2010 about a young adult from Indianola that committed suicide by shooting himself to death after smoking K2. He had just graduated from High School and had his whole life ahead of him. Instead on June 6th after smoking K2 with a few friends, he was gone. Since his death, his family has fought to have this legal substance banned.
I have to agree with the parents of the young man that shot himself on that terrible night of June 6th, the effects of K2 are horrific. People just don’t realize that they’re playing Russian roulette with their lives when it comes to experimenting with drugs.