Apparently the latest "drug" going around in the US & Canada is a legal replacement for Marijuana referred to as "K2" or "Spice" (or "Scary Spice" by some Anti-Drug groups).
Essentially what K2 is (as per Wikipedia - Spice Drug), is:
Spice is a drug invented by Christopher Burmeister and has been sold in smartshops in Europe, Canada and other parts of the world since around 2002, purportedly as an incense, as well as over the Internet as an "herbal smoking blend". Even though the manufacturer officially warns against human ingestion of Spice, it is usually smoked for its cannabis-like effects which are believed to be caused by a mixture of synthetic cannabinoid drugs.I found out about K2 from a story on CNN.com today.. Here it is:
Spice was claimed by the manufacturers to contain a mixture of traditionally used medicinal herbs, each of which supposedly produces mild effects with the overall blend resulting in the cannabis-like intoxication produced by the product.
Synthetic marijuana a growing trend among teens, authorities say
Manufactured in Asia and sold online or in local stores, K2 and similar substances are marketed as herbal incense.And, here are the apparent dangers of this synthetic marjiuana as per the Georgia Poison Center (from the CNN story):
Sold in various flavors in 3-gram bags, the product consists of herbs that are sprayed with synthetic substances that mimic THC, the high-causing natural chemical found in marijuana.
"Our biggest concern is that this particular chemical is likely manufactured in a dorm-room setting. And these dorm-room scientists are not going to be exhibiting a lot of quality assurance techniques," says Dr. Gaylord Lopez, a toxicologist and head of the Georgia Poison Center.And here are the dangers as per the DEA (from the CNN Story):
As a result, there's a potential for users to inhale contaminants along with the substance they think they're smoking, Lopez said, which may be a contributing factor in the adverse symptoms some of its users have been experiencing.
"Synthetic drugs and herbal drug products like Spice and K2 are not made in a controlled environment and thus you are playing Russian roulette when it comes to these types of products," said Dawn Dearden, a spokeswoman for the DEA, which first began receiving reports about abuse of the substance last year.You know, people are aware that Marijuana, Crack, Cocaine, Heroin, Ecstasy, Speed, Meth and a whole bunch of other illicit drugs are made in a "dorm-room setting" and have no "quality assurance", yet they continue to buy it in huge numbers across the world... I don't know how telling them that this is the case with K2/Spice, is going to make it any less attractive to drug-users (who want to get around the whole illegal aspect of using drugs)...
According to Dearden, additional side effects can include panic attacks, hallucinations, delusions, vomiting, increased agitation and dilated pupils.
Now, I can understand teenagers using this as a way to get around marijuana being illegal and them being too young to go out and grab some beers... I don't support or condone it, I just understand it...
To me, the scary thing about this is that since it is legal and not labelled a controlled substance, any child can go into a store that sells it and can buy it no questions asked.. That's a definite problem here. The fact that adults are buying it is irrelevant to me, as adults can make their own decisions...
PS: If you've tried this K2/Spice before, please feel free to comment anonymously and let us know what you thought of it... Also, if you know any places that sell it in Toronto, that would be some good information to have here as well.. (I searched and couldn't find any legitimate leads online...)