K2 Spice: What Is It and Side Effects
K2: What Is It?
You may of heard stories of K2 sweeping the news recently, but you might not know what it is, or what its' side effects are. Many people like to call it "fake weed" because it gives the user the effect of being high, similar to marijuana. It's also known as herbal incense to many people.
First of all, K2 spice is not marijuana or pot. It does not contain THC like marijuana, but it does contain other chemicals to make one feel the euphoric high of smoking pot. So, what exactly is it that we are smoking?
K2, or Spice, first hit the markets in the early 2000s, but it wasn't until recently that people started hearing about it in the news. K2 contains a chemcial called JWH-018 which is a synthetic cannaboid that reacts with the body the same way that illegal pot does. This desinger drug can also contain cannabicyclohexanol, JWH-073 or HU-210 which are also complex synthetic cannaboids in order to avoid laws that make marijuana illegal. In late 2010, it began to get pulled off shelves for scientists to do further studies to determine it's long-term effects and the synthetic cannaboids are now illegal in most states. It will remain on the Schedule I of Controlled Substances and will be banned for at least one year.
Studies have also proved that often the ingredients listed on the package were, in fact, not found in the Spice itself. Therefor, it is extremely important to use caution when purchasing K2. Many stores also sell "knock off" K2, so again, please use caution.
K2: The Side Effects
K2, or Spice, can be found in most head shops, smoke shops and even some gas stations. There are different kinds available to the public such as K2 Summit, K2 Ultra, and K2 Blonde. There are even newer versions of the Spice named K2 Sky Herb, K2 Orisha, and K2 Thai Dream...but you should know there is no information on these newer synthetic drugs at all.
Because of the different synthetic cannaboids found in the packages, you never know what type of "high" you will be getting. You may buy one bag containing JWH-018, and buy another containing JWH-073, which can make you feel completely different. And more importantly, there is no way of knowing which cannaboid you are getting, because as mentioned before, the ingredients listed on the package are often wrong.
Typically, the high that one achieves from smoking this Spice is similar to smoking pot. It has often been reported though, that the high is much more intense, but doesn't last as long as marijuana. The spice itself has a different appearance and scent as well. It often looks like a potpourri and has a floral aroma to it, although each package is different.
K2 does not show up on drug tests and the purchasing age in most states is 18, similar to cigarettes. A typical package costs $20, which is very close to the cost of marijuana in most places.
It is recommended that the first time user take one hit and wait 10 minutes and then decide if you want to take another hit. It is important to remember that everyone is different, and that the spice will react different from person to person.