Synthetic Drugs Part 4: Spice/K2
In our final blog about synthetic drugs we are talking about Spice, also known as K2. It is a synthetic version of marijuana that is more harmful. Labeled as “herbal incense” or “potpourri” and marketed as non-addictive and harmless, it is made by spraying plant herbs with man-made chemicals. Like “Bath Salts” that we learned about recently the packaging for Spice/K2 also says “not for human consumption (https://clearminds.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/synthetic-drugs-part-2-bath-salts/).”
Because it is made of many different man-made chemicals, it can cause more damage to you than regular marijuana can. Spice is actually sold under more than 500 names including Mojo, Scooby Snax, Black Mamba and Annihilation. Some other names K2 might go by are:
- K spice
- Legal weed
- Fake marijuana
- Scooby Snax
- Cowboy Kush
K2/Spice can take many forms. For smoking, it looks like dried, crushed plants (very similar to marijuana). Liquid versions of K2/Spice that can be used with Vapes and E-Cigs are on a fast-rising trend.
So what will it do to you?
K2 is very similar to marijuana in how it interacts with your brain but it gives a lot of different feelings to you. It gives the same high effect and causes more enjoyment from boring tasks. But the bad effects outweigh the good ones. Here are some side effects to taking K2:
- Panic attacks
- Heavy body load
- Extreme nausea and vomiting
- Strong feelings of hallucinations
- Fear, Panic, Anxiety
- Racing heart
- Loss of feeling (numbness)
- And many more!!!
Some long term effects are kidney failure, heart attacks and death. In most cases, K2 looks harmless because it comes in shiny packages and pretty wrappings, but it is really dangerous. Do not be fooled.
(Photo courtesy of Bruce Plante, author at toonsonline.net.)
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