Synthetic Marijuana, K2, Spice Blamed for Violent, Bizarre & Psychotic Behavior-Why is it Still Being Sold Online?

Synthetic Weed

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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ALJae 4 years ago

Did you have to read my article to write this?


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Virtual Treasures 4 years ago from Michigan Author

No. But I did go just now and read your article. I'm not sure what you're asking?


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Mel Carriere 21 months ago from San Diego California

Unfortunately, I have personal experiences with people taking this horrible drug, and first hand experiences of its horrible effects. It is ridiculous that while relatively harmless Marijuana remains banned this evil stuff is sold right off the shelves. Great hub!


Nick 11 months ago

Dec. 29 2015 I took one hit of some "syn", don't know if it had been tampered with further because it came in a small ziplock bag. But I became phsycotic, basically blacked out and don't remember most the parts where I was trying to hurt others. I do slightly remember some of the things I done, most of it seemed like I was having an actual nighmare.

I'm almost sure I was saying and doing some really scary things, and I had crazy strength from what I'm told. How the situation unfolded and how I reacted definitely factor into what happened to me ultimately. I took off from my friends house, scared for my life, hallucinating that someone was trying to hurt me. I dove about 15 feet down into a creek in 45 degree weather. Stayed in there for prob around an hour. Hallucinating. I ran up and down the creek for a while. Suddenly I lost any mobility. I remember sitting in the water thinking that if someone didn't help me very soon that I was about to die. Then my senses, first my sight, then my hearing. I was dying. I woke up to a state trooper with his flashlight in my face, never been happier to see them. 2 civilians had pulled me out of the creek onto the road where a state trooper had pulled up to the scene and preformed cpr on me and saved my life. I overdosed, was in critical condition icu for around 48 hours. I hope someone is looking for information before it's too late and sees this. I scared so many people. My friends said they had never been as scared of anybody in their life. My family had never been so afraid for my life. I have done many drugs even this one many times and in way bigger quantities. Let me be an example, think about who you love. I could've killed someone or myself. That's how bad this shit really is.

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