Synthetic Marijuana, K2, Spice Blamed for Violent, Bizarre & Psychotic Behavior-Why is it Still Being Sold Online?
Synthetic Weed or Marijuana, popularly known as K2 and Spice is being blamed for causing bizarre, violent and even psychotic behaviors. These drugs have been around since early 2000, but have become much more popular in the past few years, especially with teenagers. They have become so popular among teens because they are under the incorrect impression that since they were being sold legally in head shops and convenience stores that they were safe. They didn't even trigger a positive result on a urine drug test until very recently.
There are so many synthetic marijuana products being sold now that it is difficult to keep track. They are sold mainly as "herbal smoking blends" and are most commonly referred to as K2 and Spice. They are marketed as herbal incense and herbal potpourri, but they really are nothing more than chemically enhanced herbs. Synthetic marijuana comes in many brand names and street names, and as the blends are outlawed, the names change as quickly. Some of the synthetic marijuana product names include: Blaze, Black Mamba, Blueberry Haze, LOL, Dank, Ultra Chronic, Demon Passion Smoke, Genie, Hawaiian Hybrid, K2, Magma, Ninja, Sativah Herbal Smoke, Nitro, Ono Budz, Panama Red Ball, Puff, Skunk, Bliss, Bombay Blue, Blaze, Genie, Spice, Zohai, Yucatan Fire, Skunk and Moon Rocks, Voodoo Spice, Legal Devil, the Presidential, Demon, Tsunami, Spice, and Scooby Snax. Believe it or not, they also come in many fruit flavors. Grape, blueberry, mango, strawberry, apple and watermelon appear to be popular flavors for the drugs.
The herbal blend is sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids, which are a man made chemical manufactured in a laboratory. Some of the chemicals haven't even been tested for safety on humans because they were never intended to be ingested. When the products were first created, the herbal blends were sprayed with a chemical called HU-210, which has a molecular structure very similar to THC. THC is the active ingredient in naturally grown marijuana. Because HU-210 is listed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance in the United States, the first sales of synthetic marijuana products were manufactured and sold only in Europe. Now, there are 2 synthetic cannabinoid agonists that have been created that are not listed as controlled substances, and were considered legal until very recently. By using CP 47,497 and JWH-018 in the synthetic marijuana mixtures, manufacturers were able to legally market their products at every gas station, convenience store and head shop in the United States, plus all over the internet. Even though the chemicals, and thus the drugs themselves, have been made illegal, they can still be purchased on the internet and in some stores that have simply refused to quit selling them.
K2 and Spice products have caused severe adverse reactions, including death and acute kidney failure. The more side effects of the drugs include tachycardia (increased heart rate), hypertension, extreme psychosis, paranoid behavior, agitation and irritability, nausea and vomiting, confusion, drowsiness, headache, electrolyte abnormalities, seizures, and loss of consciousness. More and more cases of acute psychotic behavior have been occurring and it is unknown whether manufacturers are changing the chemical components commonly found in the drug to once again be able to legalize them.
RECENT NEWS STORIES ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF THESE DRUGS
In a recent news story in the Sun Sentinel, a Dallas woman compared the high of synthetic weed to the high of crack. "This high is so powerful and short-lived that you find yourself smoking again in 20 or 30 minutes," she said. "I would have energy for a second, but once it was gone, that was it. I have never physically been addicted to anything. And I got addicted to this."
According to the the Waco Tribune-Herald, Michael Terron Daniel was high on the synthetic drug K2 when witnesses say he grabbed a medium-sized black dog and took it to the front porch. He started beating and strangling it, and proceeded to bite the dog until he was literally ripping pieces of its flesh away from the bone.
In Farmington Hills, Michigan police say Tucker Cipriano, 19, and Mitchell Young, 20, smoked the drug Spice before they attacked Cipriano's family with baseball bats, killing his father and critically injuring his mother and twin brother.
In West Bloomfield, Michigan, Jonathan Hoffman, 17, tested positive for Spice on May 18, the day police say his grandmother shot him to death. According to Jerome Sabbota, the grandmother's attorney, Sandra Layne, 74, shot her grandson out of fear after he had been behaving abnormally and had threatened her. He was hit with 9 bullets.
Unfortunately, there are many more stories like these, but there are many more that have ended in death, both by suicide and by medical issues caused as a result of ingesting these drugs. The chemicals used to make K2, Spice, and other synthetic marijuana blends have now been banned, but it hasn’t stopped the sale of the drugs. They are still readily available on the internet. It is important to remember that just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's safe.
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