Legal Incense? Or Illegal Cannabis Sativa in a Different Package?
I cannot stress enough that this article is for education to NOT consume this stuff!
It is poison!
I have had a few comments that lead one to believe this is not a bad thing...this is a very bad thing...just read the list of ingredients...
I just wrote this after the latest comment and felt moved to add this to the top of this hub:
I approved your comment but disapprove of the content...the whole point of this is to educate that this is NOT safe nor good in any way...please do NOT consume this stuff or anything that will harm you..poison is poison no matter how pretty the packaging is...if I have in any way misconstrued my meaning in this hub I am so sorry this is not a good thing at all this is poison...it will not help you it will harm you do NOT consume this or anything like it!
Head Shops are NOW Smoke Shops
Funny; they look and smell and feel the same. Only differences are in the prices. Gracious sakes! Did you guys know that at a certain time NOT so Very Long Ago in this Universe you could order a water pipe out of the J C Penney catalog? With three pipes coming out of it and two ceramic bowls! I kid thee NOT! Still, one of my favorite stores...I miss my Penney's credit card almost as much as I miss....
Pardon me, lapse, temporary lapse was all that was, truly.
But last week at pool league; last one for me; I heard about this stuff called "K-2" that anyone can buy at the head shops and smoke. Supposedly you get the same effects as if you were smoking tetra hydra cannabinol. I wouldn't know as I am SO SURE NONE of you guys would either! So, being the inquisitive and research loving writer/nurse that I am I decided I better check it out.
NOT LIKE THAT! GEEZ! You guys never give me any breaks!! lol
Anyway I went to Moon on Grant, been there forever, as I mentioned and I know the dudes in there, some young, some not so young.
If there is anything anyone could say to kids that MIGHT have some effect is this:
"No, it won't kill you; No, it won't make you go into harder drugs, all that is your personal choice. What we know for a fact is that it stops you; in your tracks. One day you wake up and you are fifty and all you've done is smoke pot and hold the easiest job possible all your life and you are still living in a one room studio with Hendrix posters on the wall"
No that Hendrix is bad, he is wonderful....anyway
Back to this ....stuff.....Here are the ingredients of Red Bird Incense IN ORDER STRONGEST TO LEAST STRONGEST OR SHOULD I SHOW BIAS AND ADD NON POISONOUS?:
- DAMIANA=TUNERA DIFUSSA= (COPIED FROM WIKIPEDIA)
Turnera diffusa, known as damiana, is a shrub native to central America, Mexico, South America, Caribbean. It belongs to the family Turneraceae
Damiana is a relatively small shrub that produces small, aromatic flowers. It blossoms in early to late summer and is followed by fruits that taste similar to figs. The shrub is said to have an odor somewhat like chamomile due to an oil present in the plant. The leaves have traditionally been made into a tea which was used by native people of Central and South America for its aphrodisiac effects. Spanish missionaries first recorded that the Mexican Indians drank Damiana tea mixed with sugar for its ability to enhance lovemaking.
LETTUCE OPIUM=lACTUCARIUM= (COPIED FROM WIKIPEDIA)
Lactucariumis the milky fluid secreted by several species of lettuce, especially Lactuca virosa, usually from the base of the stems. Lactucarium is known as lettuce opium because of its sedative and analgesic properties. It has been reported to promote a mild sensation of euphoria, but Lactuca virosais poisonous, and at least one fatality has occurred during an attempt to use it for intoxication.Because it is a latex, Lactucarium physically resembles opium, in that it is excreted as a white fluid and can be reduced to a thick smokeable solid.
MUGWORT=ARTEMISIA VULGARIS=(COPIED FROM WIKIPEDIA)
Mugwort is often said to derive from the word "mug" because it was used in flavoring drinks. However, this may be a folk etymology. Other sources say Mugwort is derived from the old Norse muggi, meaning "marsh", and Germanic "wuertz", meaning "root", which refers to its use since ancient times to repel insects, especially moths The Old English word for mugwort is "mucgwyrt" where "mucg-" could be a variation of the Old English word for midge "mycg". Wort comes from the Old English "wyrt" (root/herb/plant) which stems from the Old High Germany "wurz" (root) and the Old Norse "urt" (plant).Mugwort is called chornobylnikin Ukranian, and has given its name to the abandoned city of Chornobyl (Chernobyl in Russian). The name cherobyl has an interesting history, meaning "place where mugwort grows" in the related Indo-European languages
PASSION FLOWER=PASSIFORIA= (COPIED FROM WIKIPEDIA)
The family Passifloraceae is found worldwide except in Antarctica, and Passiflorais absent from Africa though many other members of the family Passifloraceae exist there (e.g. the more plesiomorphic Adenia).
Nine species of Passiflora are native to the USA, found from OHIO to the north, west to California, and south to the Florida Keys. Most (seventeen) other species are found in South America, China, Southern Asia, New Guinaea, Australia and in New Zealand. New species continue to be identified: for example, P. pardifolia and P xishuangbannaensis have only been known to the scientific community since 2006 and 2005, respectively.
Species of Passiflora have been naturalised beyond their native ranges. For example, Blue Passion Flower (P. caerulea) now grows wild in Spain The purple passionfruit (P. edulis) and its yellow relative flavicarpa have been introduced in many tropical regions as commercial crops.
The bracts of the Stinking Passion Flower are covered by hairs which exude a sticky fluid. Many small insects get stuck to this and get digested to nutrient-rich goo by proteases and acid phosphates. Since the insects usually killed are rarely major pests, this passion flower seems to be a protocarnivorous plants, the passion fruit or maracuja (P. edulis) is cultivated extensively in the Caribbean, Florida, South Africa for its fruit, which is used as a source of juice. A small purple fruit which wrinkles easily and a larger shiny yellow to orange fruit are traded under this name. The latter is usually considered just a variety flavicarpa, but seems to be more distinct in fact
SPEARMINT=MENTHA SPICATA= (COPIED FROM WIKIPEDIA)
Mentha spicata (Spear Mint or Spearmint) is a species of mint native to much of Euope, Southwest Asia and is considered invasive in the Great Lakes region where it was first sighted in 1843
The name 'spear' mint derives from the pointed leaf tips
Recent research has shown that spearmint tea may be used as a treatment for mild hirsutism (hair on face) in women. Its anti-androgenic properties reduce the level of free testosterone in the blood, while leaving total testosterone and DHEA unaffected
Spearmint has been studied for antifungal activity; its essential oil was found to have some antifungal activity, although less than Oregon Its essential oil did not show any evidence of mutagenicity in the Ames Test Spearmint has also been described as having excellent antioxidant activity; its antioxidant activity was found to be comparable to the synthetic BHT Due both to its antioxidant activity and its common use to season lamb in Indian cuisine, it has been studied as an additive to radiation-processed lamb meat, and was found effective in delaying oxidation of fats and reducing formation of harmful TBARS
Red Clovr=TRIFOLIUM PRETENSE=(COPIED FROM WIKIPEDIA)
It is widely grown as a fodder crop, valued for its nitrous fixation which increases soil fertility. For these reasons it is used as a green manure crop. Several cultivar groups been selected for agricultural use, mostly derived from var. sativum. It has become naturalised in many temperate areas, including America and Australia as an escape from cultivation.
Red clover restores and balances hormonal function and nourishes the uterus. Red Clover contains isoflavones (estrogen-like compounds) which promote estrogen production and which may enhance fertility in women and boost estrogen levels in women with estrogen deficiencies. In addition, the Red Clover contains calcium and magnesium which can relax the nervous system and improve fertility. Traditionally, Red Clover has been administered to help restore irregular menses and to balance the acid-alkaline level of the vagina to promote conception.
The isoflavones and phytoestrogens from red clover have been used to treat the symptoms of menopause It has also been reported that red clover has been used for a variety of medicinal purposes, such as bronchitis, burns,cancers,ulcers,sedation, asthma and syphilis
It is an ingredient in eight-herb essiac tea.It is the national flower of Denmark and state flower of Vermont
7. MOTHERWORT=LENORIUS CARDIACA= (COPIED FROM WIKIPEDIA)
Motherwort has a long history of use as a herb in traditional medicine in Central Europe, Asia and North America. Like many other plants, it has been used for a variety of ills, and consumed. Midwives use it for a variety of purposes, including uterine tonic and prevention of uterine infection in women, hence the name Motherwort.
The herb contains the alkaloid leonurine which is a mild vasodilator and has a relaxing effect on smooth muscles. For this reason, it has long been used as a cardiac tonic, nervine, and an emmenagogue. Among other biochemical constituents, it also contains bitter iridoid glycosides,diteripoids flavonoids (including rutin, quercetin), tannis colatile oils, and vit A (this is an oil non soluble vitamin which is toxic if taken in large amounts.).
Yìmǔcǎo enters the Bladder, Heart and Liver meridians in TCM theory. As a blood invigorator, it is currently used to regulate menstruation involving blood stasis, for post partum abdominal pain, for Damp heat skin conditions, and as a diuretic to reduce swelling and oedema.
8. CHAMOMILE=CAMOMOLIE=(COPIED FROM WIKIPEDIA) The Medline Plus database maintained by the US Nat Library of Medicine, in conjunction with the NIH, lists over 100 separate ailments and conditions which chamomile has been traditionally used, for which it lists only a few as having undergone scientific study on animals and/or humans. Moreover, through the Medline Plus database, these agencies explicitly warn, "although chamomile is widely used, there is not enough reliable research in humans to support its use for any condition." Of the dozens of traditional claims listed, this database explicitly lists only fifteen conditions in which any animal or human scientific testing has ever been done and it ranked one negatively as having "Fair scientific evidence against" such a use (Post-operative sore throat/hoarseness due to intubation). In short, according to these two agencies, there remains insufficient scientific studies to produce a medical recommendation for any medicinal or therapeutic use of chamomile in extract, ointment or infusion.
Medline Plus and The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine further caution of rare allergic reactions, atopic dermatitis (skin rash), drowsiness or sedation, the potential to stimulate the uterus, leading to abortion and the unevaluated safety of breastfeeding while taking chamomile although some sources do not contraindicate breastfeeding Interactions with other herbs and medicines has not been well studied for chamomile.
9. PEPPERMINT=MENTHA PEPERITA= (COPIED FROM WIKIPEDIA) The toxicity studies of the plant have received controversial results. Some authors reported that the plant may induce hepatic diseases, while others found that it is of protective functions against the liver damages which are caused by heavy metal inductions In addition to that, the toxicities of the plant seem to variate from one cultivar to another and are dose dependent. This is probably attributed from the content level of pulegone Some of the toxic components may come from herbicides.
Peppermint has a long tradition of medicinal use, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as ten thousand years ago Peppermint has a high mentol content, and is often used as tea, and for flavouring ice cream, candy, chewing gum and toothpaste It is the oldest and most popular flavour of mint-flavoured confectionery. Peppermint can also be found in some shampoos and soaps, which give the hair a minty scent and produce a cooling sensation on the skin.
In 2007, Italian investigators reported that 75% of the patients in their study who took peppermint oil capsules for four weeks had a major reduction in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, compared with just 38% of those who took a placebo.
Similarly, some poorly designed earlier trials found that peppermint oil has the ability to reduce colicky abdominal pain due to IBS Peppermint flowers are large nectar producers and honey bees as well as other nectar harvesting organisms forage them heavily. A mild, pleasant varietal honey can be produced if there is a sufficient area of plants.
Peppermint oil is used by commercial pesticide applicators, in the EcoSmart Technologies line of products, as a natural insecticideOutside of its native range, areas where peppermint was formerly grown for oil often have an abundance of feral plants, and it is considered invasive in Australia, Glapagos, New Zealand and the USA
10. LIONS TAIL=EROWID LEONOTIS LEONORIUS= UNABLE TO FIND ANYTHING ON WIKIPEDIA ON THIS PLANT...THIS IS THE ONE THAT COMES OUT ON YOU TUBE AND STATES IS ITS JUST LIKE MARIJUANA...SO WHY THEN ADD POISONUS PLANTS TO THIS CONCOCTION?
"Leonotis leonurus is a shrubby perennial growing 2-3 meters tall and producing red, orange, yellow, or white tubular flowers. The dried flowers, when smoked, provide a mild sedation reminiscent of Cannabis. They have a history of use in S. Africa as an intoxicant." THIS SITE URL IS AS FOLLOWS: Nymphaea caerulea, an aquatic flower This lotus is used to produce perfumes since ancient times; it is also used in aromatherapy. Recent studies have shown Nymphaea caerulea to have mild psychoactive properties. It may have been used as a sacrament in ancient Egypt and certain ancient South American cultures. Eating Blue Lotus can act as a mild sedative. Nymphaea caerulea is distantly related to, and possesses similar activity as Nelumbo nucifera, the Sacred Lotus. Both Nymphaea caerulea and Nelumbo nucifera contain the alkaloids nuciferine and aporphine. The mildly sedating effects of Nymphaea caeruleamakes it a likely candidate (among several) for the lotus plant eaten by the mythical Lotophagi in Homer's Odyssey. Used in aromatherapy, Nymphaea caeruleais purported to have a "divine" essence, bringing heightened awareness and tranquility. Some sources site it as an antispasmodic similar to copal resin. In modern culture, blue lotus flowers are used to make various concoctions including blue lotus tea, wine and martinis. Recipes for such drinks involve steeping or soaking the petals for up to 3 weeks. Blue lotus tea is prepared by boiling the entire flowers for 10–20 minutes. Nymphaeanouchali, an aquatic flower The Red and blue water-lily is used as an ornamental plant because of its spectacular flowers. It is also popular as an aquarium plant under the name "Dwarf Lily" or "Dwarf Red Lily". Sometimes it is grown for its flowers, while other aquarists prefer to trim the lily pads, and just have the underwater foliage. Nymphaeanouchali is considered a medicinal plant in Indian Ayurvedic medicine under the name Ambal; it was mainly used to treat indigestion. Recent experiments have confirmed that it has medicinal qualities as an antihepatotoxic and antidiabetic. Like all waterlilies or lotuses, its tubers and rhizomes can be used as food items; they are eaten usually boiled or roasted. In the case of the Red and blue water-lily, its tender leaves and flower peduncles are also valued as food. The dried plant is collected from ponds, tanks and marshes during the dry season and used in India as animal forage Nelumbo nucifera, an aquatic flower The distinctive dried seed heads, which resemble the spouts of watering cansphoto, are widely sold throughout the world for decorative purposes and for dried flower arranging. The flowers, seeds, young leaves, and "roots" (rhizomes) are all edible. In Asia, the petals are used sometimes for garnish, while the large leaves are used as a wrap for food. In Korea, the leaves and petals are used as a tisane. Yeonkkotcha (연꽃차) is made with dried petals of white lotus and yeonipcha (연잎차) is made with the leaves. The rhizome (called ǒu (藕) in pinyin Chinese, ngau in Cantonese, bhe in Hindi, renkon (レンコン, 蓮根 in Japanese), yeongeun (연근) in Korean) is used as a vegetable in soups, deep-fried, stir-fried, and braised dishes and the roots are also used in traditional Asian herbal medicine. Petals, leaves, and rhizome can also all be eaten raw, but there is a risk of parasite transmission (e.g., Fasciolopsis buski): it is therefore recommended that they be cooked before eating. Lotus rootlets are often pickled with rice vinegar, sugar, chili and/or garlic. It has a crunchy texture with sweet-tangy flavours. In Asian cuisine, it is popular with salad, prawns, seasame oil and/or coriander leaves. Lotus roots have been found to be rich in dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, copper, and manganese, while very low in saturated fat. The stamens can be dried and made into a fragrant herbal tea called liánhuā cha (蓮花茶) in Chinese, or (particularly in Vietnam) used to impart a scent to tea leaves. The lotus seeds or nuts (called liánzĭ, 蓮子; or xian liánzĭ, 鲜莲子, in Chinese) are quite versatile, and can be eaten raw or dried and popped like popcorn, phool makhana. They can also be boiled until soft and made into a paste, or boiled with dried longans and rock sugar to make a tong sui (sweet soup). Combined with sugar, lotus seed paste becomes one of the most common ingredients used in pastries such as mooncakes, daifuku, and rice flour pudding The Blue Lotus, a book in the Tintin series The Blue Lotus (French: Le Lotus bleu), first published in 1936, is one of The Adventures of Tintin, a series of classic comic-strip albums written and illustrated by Hergé featuring young reporter Tintin as a hero. It is a sequel to Cigars of the Pharaoh, with Tintin continuing his struggle against a major gang of drug smugglers. The story also highlights the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. The Blue Lotus is a pivotal work in Hergé's career, moving away from the stereotype and loosely connected stories and marking a new found commitment to geographical and cultural accuracy. The title, Blue Lotus, refers to the name of an opium den, itself a reference to the blue lotus. 12. SKULLCAP=SCUTELLARIA=(COPIED FROM WIKIPEDIA=Scutellaria is a genus of about 300 species of plants commonly known as skullcaps, MOST OF WHICH ARE POINONOUS!!!!
13. ESSENTIALS OILS AND EXTRACTS=WHO KNOWS???????
Is This Amusing to Anyone Else?
At first I thought I would let the facts speak for themselves but then I really started to laugh and to cry.
So here is my take on the whole thing.
- "similar to" marijuana
- natural insecticide
- treats symptoms of menopause
That's a nice list. The one that worries me, as a nurse and a mother and a grandmother, besides number 9. is 1, 2, 3 and 5. Not only due to their effects but due to their poisonous effects as well as their ability to look like another herb even worse than the one listed!
So, the question of the day is:
"Do you know what incense is in your home?"
What do you think? Should DEA and ATF look into this incense "similar to" cannabis?
It has been several months since this article was first written. This morning on Good Morning America there was a small bit about K 2. red bird and others of this type of "Incense" being sold. There has been 560 reports to emergency rooms of teenagers having "seizures and dangerously high heart rates" to the effect that now some states have banned the incense sell altogether. Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee were listed, with Kansas being the first state to ban the substance.
The only problem now, being that other states are waiting for the government to get involved with federally funded studies to determine the true side effects of smoking the incense.
Good Morning America interviewed young people on the streets to ask about their opinion, with the answer being unequivocally that of it is safe to smoke this substance.
What do you think?