Synthetic cannabis is a psychoactive herbal and chemical product which, when consumed mimics the effects of cannabis. It is best known by the brand names K2 and Spice, both of which have largely become genericized trademarks used to refer to any synthetic cannabis product. (It is also for this reason that synthetic cannabis is often referred to as spice product, due to the latter.)
Spice or K2 has a strand that mimics THC the active ingredient of marijuana. However spice is a more dangerous drug than marijuana. K2 is the brand name and can be bought online or in smoke shops.
The legal pot was really created by a medical scientist and it was supposed to help a medical condition, however it was deemed too dangerous. The mimic THC, is a hundred times more potent than weed. The higher potency is cause for concern.
On November 24, 2010, Drug Enforcement Administration Officials finally imposed a nationwide ban to the “legal weed”, K2, due to the alarming rise in reported abuse. On March 1, the Drug Enforcement Agency used its emergency enforcement authority to add five chemicals commonly used in Spice or K-2 to the list of Schedule I drugs in the Controlled Substances Act.
It is important to stay educated on not only the existence of the drug, but also the terms and language used by drug users. Education and awareness are two of our best weapons in the fight against illicit drugs.
Street Names for Synthetic Marijuana
- Black Mamba
- Bombay Blue
- Fake Weed
Methods of Use: K2 products are usually smoked in joints or pipes, but some users make it into a tea.
K2 – Effect on the Mind
Psychological effects are similar to those of marijuana and include paranoia, panic attacks, and giddiness.
K2 – Effect on the Body
Physiological effects of K2 include increased heart rate and increase of blood pressure. It appears to be stored in the body for long periods of time, and therefore the long-term effects on humans are not fully known.