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Thursday, November 11, 2010

'Fake Marijuana' Users Showing Up in Emergency Rooms

A form of synthetic marijuana known as "K2" is sending young people to the hospital with racing heart beats, extreme anxiety and hallucinations, toxicologists warn.
In recent months, physicians and toxicologists say more young people have been showing up in emergency rooms after smoking synthetic marijuana. Despite the side effects, K2 is legal in many states, although many state legislators are rushing to pass legislation banning it.
Since the start of 2010, the American Association of Poison Control Centers has received nearly 2,000 reports of people who became ill after smoking K2, compared to about a dozen in 2009. Poison control officials described some of the symptoms as "life-threatening."
K2 is often marketed as incense and sold in packets of herbs laced with synthetic marijuana at "head shops," gas stations, convenience stores and online for about $30 to $40 per three-gram bag. The drug also goes by other names, including Spice, Spice Gold, Spice Diamond, Yucatan Fire, Solar Flare, K2 Summit, Genie, PEP Spice, and Fire n Ice, according to the U.S. Drug Intelligence Center.
While people who smoke K2 think they're going to experience deep relaxation and euphoria, those who end up in the hospital report unpleasant experiences, said Dr. Anthony Scalzo, medical director of the Missouri Poison Center and chief of toxicology at St. Louis University.
"The classic symptoms are agitation, anxiety, racing heart beat, elevated blood pressure," Scalzo said. "And some kids are having very negative psychotropic experiences. One said, 'I felt like I went down to hell'."
In some cases, the drug also causes vomiting, tremors and seizures, according to federal drug abuse agencies.
In the United States, the Drug Enforcement Agency has listed K2 as a "drug or chemical of concern." But because it isn't officially "scheduled," it remains legal under federal law, according to published reports.
Alarmed by the rise in popularity, several states have rushed to outlaw K2. Earlier this year, Kansas became the first state to ban K2. Other states that have outlawed it include Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Michigan and Illinois (where K2 remains legal until the end of the year). There are similar bills pending in many other states, including Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, New York, New Jersey and Louisiana.

43 comments:

  1. I would never smoke anything synthetic...all natural here.

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  2. to be honest why use the fake stuff when real stuff is not actually bad for you and easy to get xD

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  3. Fake-Ganga? What is this world coming to?

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  4. This is why I don't do drugs. This, and the fact that my body is a temple of purity.

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  5. I know a guy who lost his leg due to this shit, never tocuh it ever ever ever!!!!

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  6. i actually don't mind synthetic cannabinoids, but it's important to remember that they are VERRRY POTENT!!

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  7. hate people who do this stuff. why poison your customers? retards.

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  8. herd some bad stuff about this.

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  9. rly?
    ok then fuck these guys , damn morons
    keep up the good work bro

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  10. that makes me sad, i dont think i would ever buy anything that wasnt real weed though

    nice blog, check mine out sometime, its...interesting

    http://bigpoppasinterestingthings.blogspot.com/

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  11. Dang. And I wanted to try it, just to beat the piss test.

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  12. That's pretty funny, fake weed is more dangerous

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  13. Fake herb? Why don't they just smoke the real thing? lol

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  14. One of the nicer blogs i've read.

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  15. that's a unique perspective on it

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  16. that's great, I can't wait for more

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  17. well it just sounds like they smoked way too much

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  18. Get real weed instead is what they should tell them.

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  19. only idiots smoke spice ^^

    it costs more and sends you to the hospital xD

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  20. Population control?
    Gene pool needs a little cleansing.

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  21. My friend is now a quadreplegic and on a ventilator because he can't even breathe on his own. now that is serious. and my friend almost killed his entire family. It need to be ban in all states. Thanks for the info.

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  22. This is horrid... it's like smoking aspirin or something. Wow.

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  23. When will we learn that drug prohibition is absolutely futile especially in the case of k2 herb products? Not all of this k2 incense stuff is illegal. They are constantly reformulating it to get around these bans so people will continue to legally buy k2 products and I guess the big dogs will continue to waste money on chasing it down.

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