The Dangers From Smoking Fake Marijuana
Smoking Fake Marijuana Can Really Kill You.
Do you think just because you can buy " Fake Marijuana" in any corner store, gas station or tobacco shop, and on the internet, that it is safe to use? Well think again. I wanted to write about this subject, because I found out a very dear friend of mine is smoking this Fake Marijuana. I knew it could not be a good thing when he is always coughing his head off. He is coughing worse than someone that smokes cigarettes. And I know because I smoke cigarettes.
Then I saw a news segment on Time Warner Cable News and it confirmed my suspicions. I told my friend about the dangers of smoking this fake marijuana, but it did no good. I think this stuff looks like catnip, and comes in flavors that smell like incense. I did not try this stuff. My friend was showed it to me, then he smoked some, and the smell even though it does resemble incense made me cough, and I had a hard time breathing. Keep in mind I did not smoke any of this junk. And I never would. Why would I want to?
So lets talk about this Fake Marijuana, also known as Spice. ( As well as other street names)
This nasty stuff is marketed legally as an Herbal Incense, and as being 100% organic herbs. The label says not for "human consumption." This is how they can sell it legally. This product was first introduced in 2002. The technical name for this is K-2, and it was first created in the mid 90's by a chemist named John W. Huffman. It is also known by JWH-018 ( which is his initials) And apparently this stuff was being sold in China & Korea as a plant growth stimulant. This is how the chemist recalled learning about the K2 compound. There is the possibility this stuff was first smoked in Europe. You can get really high on it,and it is about 10 x's more active than THC, which is the active ingredient in real marijuana. And you can smoke a lot less of the K2 and get just as high from it.
The K-2 acts just like weed, and you would expect to see the same effects, which would include relaxation, reduced blood pressure and sleepiness. Though in high doses can cause hallucinations and delusions. This is a very dangerous drug. There are other symptoms , such as blood pressure that is dangerously elevated, vomiting and pale skin. This means the K-2 is affecting the Cardiovascular system. It will affect the central nervous system, and will cause severe potentially life threatening hallucinations. There could even be seizures in some cases. The K-2 has never been tested on humans and could very well have toxic effects. It has been tested on mice however, and when the experiment was over with, the mice were euthanized. So it was not proven how it affected the mice in the long term. The drug is unregulated , so we don't know what else this drug can be contaminated with.
There are so many sad stories out there about this Fake Marijuana , and it is not funny. Why are people not paying attention? For one thing, there is not enough out there in the Media about this subject. Yes you can find it online, but the people smoking this stuff are not reading about the bad side effects of this very harmful and dangerous drug. We all hear about smoking and alcohol, but not K-2. There needs to be more awareness about this. We don't want our younger kids turning to this as a way to trick parents. They could just sit in their room and smoke it, and tell you they are burning incense because they like the smell. It used to be you burned incense to cover the smell of weed. There are also other factors in regards to why people smoke this stuff. They may hold a job that require drug tests, or they are on probation or parole. These people will get random drug testing. So they are looking for another way to get their "High On". In respect and no offence to anyone, but nowadays nobody has a private life.
There are many horrific stories out there about what this terrible junk can do to a person. In Dallas there were three teenage boys who suffered heart attacks, after smoking the Fake Marijuana for a few weeks. All the boys did recover from this, lucky for them. Texas banned the K-2. In another case a 13 year old boy from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania had underwent a double lung transplant after his lungs had collapsed from smoking the Fake Marijuana, and he had smoked it out of a homemade pipe made out of a Pez candy dispenser, and he died from an infection. He became ill after smoking the fake weed. He had complained of numbness in his hands and feet. He could not breathe and he was vomiting blood. There were severe chemical burns in his collapsed lungs.
Now here is a horrific story for you to think about. A guy in Texas faced felony charges after he bit, killed and ate his roommates dog while he was high on "Spice". He took spaniel mix out to the porch, where he beat and strangled the poor dog, and then he began chewing "hunks of flesh" from the dog. The roommate called the police, and told them the guy was "going crazy". The police arrived at the home and found the guy sitting on the porch with "blood and fur around his mouth" and the dead dog on his lap. The roommate told police the guy was "on a bad trip" right before the awful incident happened.
These are just a few examples of what this legal incense type of drug can do to a person. This is a true story, as it was on ABC News. Also the show 20/20 did an investigation which aired in 2011, and found spice and bath salts being sold to teenagers all across the country. Many of these kids were showing up at drug treatment centers, and according to Louisiana Poison Control Center " they think they are dying". They will experience extreme paranoia, and they are having hallucinations. They are seeing things, and hear things, aliens, demons and monsters.
There have also been reports in the Albany NY area, where I live, though Thank God none of the people involved have died. I see over in New Jersey, That Fake Marijuana is now a real crime. According to the state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa. He has announced a full ban on this synthetic drug, New Jersey became the 4th state to criminalize any variation of the chemicals. This is now a 3rd degree crime. A person can get 3 to 5 years in prison, and as much as $25,000 in fines. Over in Denver: Police stepped up operations to try an rid their city of this terrible drug. They had confiscated boxes of the fake weed, which they believe was being sold to teens. The bust was less than 500 feet from the high school. The target was high school kids. How sad. They seized 1,000 packets of "fake weed", and it has a street value of around $20,000.
This I hope is only the tip of the Iceberg in getting this horrible, yet legal drug off the streets. I have 5 grandkids, and they range in age from 16, down to 2 years old. I don't ever want them to be able to get their hands on anything like this. We need to put an end to this. The crazy money grubbing manufactures out to make a quick buck, at the expense of the unsuspecting and gullible, yet stupid public people. No offense here folks. We have to know though, you can't buy something like this in a store, and not know it won't harm your health. After all the label does say " Not For Human consumption". Here is a clue, right?
Let us just get this horrible "Fake Marijuana" off the Streets!!
Update: I am so happy to hear that the Law makers are really trying to get this nasty stuff out of the stores, and off the street. And there will be stiff penalties for those caught selling this stuff, and using it as well.
Recent Update : As Of July 2015. I just heard first hand, from someone that I know personally this Fake Marijuana is being smuggled into the prisons by visitors. I'm sure if all involved could face serious charges if caught bringing the stuff into prisons. Not only is it being brought in, it is being sold to other inmates for profit.