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K2 is new, legal street drug that has marijuana smokers happy and authorities alarmed
The new street drug K2 has been causing quite a bit of controversy among parents and law enforcement and it seems to be spreading across the states like a brush fire.
K2 is an herbal blend of herbs and spices that is sprayed with synthetic, cannabinoids of which the active ingredient is JWH-014 (1-penthl=3=(1-naphtholyl)indole), JWH-108 is an analgesic chemical from the naphthoylindole family, which acts as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids produces effects in animals very similar to those of THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient in cannabis commonly known as marijuana.
The problem with JWH compounds is that they are believed to multiply the negative effects of marijuana three to five times. Symptoms include a racing heart, extremely high blood pressure and high anxiety.
This new drug K2 is a new player in the street drug game. It looks like potpourri and it is not cheap, retailing for about $10 a gram. The new marijuana like potpourri can be also purchased in head shops and online for $30 to $40 per pack.
K2 is produced in China and Korea. The product is similar to Spice which is the popular brand name of incense labeled as “herbal smoking blend” that is sold in smoke shops in Europe, Canada and other parts of the world since around 2002. On the street K2 is also known as Blonde, Summit, Standard, and Citron.
Because of the marijuana type high K2 has given marijuana smokers another reason to smile because it is legal to possess and purchase throughout most of the United States. But what makes the drug so feared and hated among parents and law enforcement agencies?
One reason the drug is feared is K2’s similarity to marijuana is catching the eye of school officials and substance abuse treatment providers. Because it is not intended for consumption, there are no age limits on buying K2 or Spice. Subsequently the drug is being purchased by everyone from teenagers to aged and seasoned drug users.
Another reason for concern is that K2 does not show up on a drug test, which makes it an attractive alternative for anyone who smokes marijuana.
An added concern is that since the drug is not cheap, it will lead to a rising increase in crime. The fear is that those who cannot afford the drug will resort to crime to get it.
But the reason that has most people concerned is that there is no one who really knows a whole lot about K2, and that is frightening. Many people believe that it is quite possible that K2 could produce the same potential issues as marijuana, issues like negative health effect, impaired driving, poor decision-making and a well believed drug dependency.
Although K2 has been classified as synthetic cannabis it has not been thoroughly tested. Nevertheless the new legal street drug has sparked wide-spread alarm across the United States and many states have already banned the sale and possession of the active ingredient chemicals.