K2 Synthetic Marijuana

K2 Synthetic Marijuana

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.

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  1. Addict

    A little reference for history sake here. Dr. John Huffman, a Clemson University organic chemistry professor, was researching the effects of cannabinoids on the brain when his work resulted in a 1995 paper that contained the method and ingredients used to make the K2 compound. That recipe found its way to marijuana users, who replicated Huffman's work and began spraying it onto dried flowers, herbs and tobacco.

  2. Addict

    Missouri became the fifth state to criminalize possession of K2 Tuesday as Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill making it a controlled substance.

    • Addict

      It's tough for medical experts and lawmakers to get a handle on the drug, since so many iterations of it are out there and seem to be continually popping up, and not so much is really known about its effects across the board.

  3. Addict

    What will banning this stuff really do? If it is illegal people will get it from drug dealers and they might lace it with more harmful chemicals and marijuana is illegal and that is very easy to get

  4. Addict

    I would like to know how long they can test for synthetic THC "spice" or how long it stays in your system.

  5. Addict

    When it comes to the affects of using k2 compared to drinking while driving a motor vehicle, I can answer that question with 100% certainty....smoking k2 while driving is MUCH worse. I would rather drink a whole case of Budweiser and get behind the wheel than take one hit of that k2.
    One small hit puts you into a mental state that cannot be described. It's so scary. K2 needs to be illegal everywhere. It's sold at smoke shops, yet it clearly says "not for human consumption" on the packet. How can this continue after we know how dangerous it can be?

  6. Addict

    So, I smoked it. I am a midlife professional who smoked pot daily from age 20 to age 30. My bride was not happy about it so I quit, just like that, 20 years ago. No problem. Last week I tried K2 - for grins. Like it. Very nice. Doesn't take much. I smoked half a small joint the first time. Too much. Was a nice buzz but left me with a headache. A week later, I tried two tokes only. It set me up with a really nice buzz for about 4 hours. It seems to be very POWERFUL, very peaceful, highly euphoric, and last longer than pot - WITHOUT causing the munchies ; )

    • Addict

      yeah I smoked it also and it caused my heart rate to go up. I almost went into cardiac arrest and died. for anyone who thinks it is OK to smoked it you need to sit back and take a look at what your doing and remember that I almost died. 2 weeks ago a 28 year old boy smoked some causing seizures and mental breakdown. he is now spending the rest of his life in a nursing home because it gave him such bad brain damage. I have had headaches daily when using it. last time I smoked it it caused my face to go paralyzed and my heart rate was 215. If you are unsure 80 is normal. It almost made me die and this is serious. I would just like for you guys to know what it is capable of.

  7. Addict

    Just because it has a K2 label, doesn't mean it's a legit K2 product. Summit, Ultra, Blonde, Solid Sex, Orisha, Amazonian Shelter, Thai Dream, and Sky are the only K2 products currently on the market.

  8. Addict

    I find it absolutely hilarious governments are starting to ban K2 substances. K2 recently became illegal in my state and i was smoking an all new K"3" less than 3 days later. The companies that make products like K2 have over 50 different types of these synthetic drugs and are simply releasing them one at a time, waiting for them to be made illegal and, simply releasing the next one. A person simply needs to stay current on the issues to stay out of trouble. Its about time that the government should simply throw in the towel, admit defeat, and abolish every law regarding the criminalization of marijuana.

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