Herbal Incense, Spice, Mr. Happy, and More Synthetic Marijuana
Disclaimer: I am not a health professional. Please seek the advice of your doctor before you change your diet, exercise program, or any other lifestyle changes.
What is Spice, K2, Mr. Nice Guy, Mr. Happy, Atomic and other Herbal Incense
Herbal incense is a mixture of great smelling herbs and flowers that come loosely packed in a brightly colored and attractive packet. The package is clearly marked, “NOT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION” to legally protect the manufacturers and retail stores. However, this is exactly why people buy it. It is consumed to obtain a “high” similar to what you get when smoking marijuana. Spice is a bit more potent, however. What many people don’t realize is that there is an additive to the product which is not listed on the package. It’s a compound very similar to Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. This synthetic substitute causes a similar high without detection from a urine test. For this reason, it is quite popular among those who have to pass a drug test for employment, government assistance, or as part of a hiring process.
Is This Product Legal?
This product has been on the market and legal for several years. It started becoming popular in the mid 2000s. Many convenience stores would carry the product, and it was legal to buy and sell it, just about anywhere. The Herbal Incense has several names; Spice and K2 are the most common. However, there are others such as The Dark Knight, Atomic, and Mr. Happy. The cost is about $20.00-$25.00 per gram, actually more expensive than marijuana, and the high is much shorter.
With each year that goes by, each individual country is passing a law, classifying this substance as a Schedule I controlled substance, therefore making it illegal to sell, purchase, or possess. As of March 1, 2011 all 50 of the United States have deemed this product an illegal drug and have outlawed it. As of March 1, 2012 Finland was the last country to ban herbal incense.
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What are the Dangers and Effects of Smoking This Product?
Herbal Incense is equal to or more potent than smoking marijuana. There is a synthetic compound added to the natural herbs and flowers called JWH-018. It is supposed to release a feeling of euphoria, or “high” for those who smoke it. It burns much hotter than marijuana, making it harder on the lungs.
There has been little to no clinical studies. Because the manufacturers and retail stores are selling you a product that is not made for human consumption, as they claim on each individual packet, there is no need for the government, specifically the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate it. This means that most people are taking a major risk when ingesting this product since nobody has any idea what kind and how much of the synthetic THC substitution is added to the mix.
A hospital is not a fun place to be overdosing or having a bad trip on a bad drug. If you are given the opportunity to smoke herbal incense, please be wise and heed this warning that you may be very sorry you try it. Unfortunately, many people have had bad experiences causing hospital visits because of a bad reaction.
Thank you for your reading my hub. I certainly hope the read was helpful and educational so that you can be aware of what is legal and available to your children. I like to learn from others, as well, so please feel free to comment below.
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