Spice: Not Just Phony Weed

Drug agents say the descriptor of “synthetic marijuana” is no longer sufficient in a culture of ever-evolving analog drugs like Spice.

“It’s much more along the lines of an LSD type of drug, a hallucinogenic,” says Madison-Morgan Counterdrug Team member Sergeant Dewayne McCarver, “Very dangerous, it’s nothing like marijuana.”

Deborah Soule, executive director of Huntsville’s Partnership for a Drug-free Community says she has seen the evolution as well. Soule says the flashy, colorful packaging markets straight to young people and says parental involvement is paramount.

You’ve heard of Joe Camel?,” asks Soule, “he seduced kids with tobacco, it’s the same thing happening all over again and kids are seduced by the color the creativity and they really believe its harmless. Kids think they are infallible and that nothing is ever going to happen to them and that’s why it’s so important to have discipline and guidance from the family.”

Drug agents are cracking down hard on spice following recent legislation that stipulated more chemicals as illegal, but Soule says it’s so serious, if parents turn a blind eye to the chemical poisons, they may well be planning a funeral.

“Kids just don’t understand the power of addiction!”

The DEA calls Spice a “potent poison” and drug agent compare the synthetic drug as being one chemical away from the ingredients in insect spray.

$20,000 worth of spice confiscated in apartment drug bust


Huntsville Police made a large spice bust at an apartment on Thursday night.

Officers served a search warrant at the Monte Sano Terrace Apartments, at Apt. 411.

A long-term investigation led them to this location to make an arrest. There, they found several boxes of spice worth $20,000. Police said this controlled substance analog has a hallucinogenic effect similar to LSD.

Mohmed Michael Mertinez-Shoucair was arrested during the bust and charged with trafficking a controlled substance.

Mertinez-Shoucair was arrested and charged with drug trafficking in June during a spice bust at the Lincoln Mini-Mart, on Washington Street, which was busted twice before.

He was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance analog for this bust. His bond was set at $250,000.00.

Other charges expected to follow on other individuals involved.

Huntsville drug bust nets agents a large amount of spice

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Huntsville drug agents arrested a man Thursday night and charged him in a big spice drug bust at an apartment in the 100 block of Prince George Drive.

Police arrested Mohmed Michael Mertinez-Shouca and charged him with drug trafficking. He was taken to the metro jail and his bond is $250,000.

STAC agents served the warrant shortly after 9 p.m. and confiscated a large amount of spice.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse says that “spice refers to a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana.”

Synthetic drugs present new problems for probation

Oakland Park resident Jimmy Hewett thought he could smoke Spice even though he was on probation and subject to random drug testing.

He thought wrong.

Hewett is one of the first in Broward County to get in trouble with the court for smoking Spice, a synthetic marijuana – but many people on probation are smoking fake weed and not getting caught.

ad him tested for synthetic marijuana on May 23, two days after he was quoted in the Sun Sentinel saying he smoked 3 grams of Spice a day.

A judge issued a warrant for his arrest on June 12 after a lab in Richmond, Va., confirmed that Hewett had tested positive for Spice.

On Tuesday, Hewett will answer to the court for violating probation.

Because synthetic marijuana is openly sold at gas stations and convenience stores, Hewett says he didn’t think he was doing anything wrong.

That’s the argument his attorney, Andrew Smallman, intends to make.

“For people on probation, in their minds this stuff would be ideal for them to use as a substitute for illegal drugs,” Smallman said. “They can buy it at the store and it’s out in the open. It’s just like buying a cigar or a cigarette.”

Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said he hasn’t yet seen anyone in Broward charged with possession of Spice. “But I’m sure they’re coming.”

Finkelstein said he would be watching what happens in the Hewett case.

“If I go to 7-Eleven to buy Spice and it’s openly sold and it’s not marketed as mind-altering, why is it I have violated my probation?” Finkelstein said. “The courts are trying to adapt to changes to chemical compounds that are being sold. You have to be specific. You can’t just say you can’t use mind-altering drugs.”

Hewett was arrested in late 2010 for having Temazepam pills in his pocket without proof of a prescription – a third-degree felony with a maximum five-year sentence. The judge gave him a break in December and placed him on probation for two years.

If Hewett is found guilty of violating probation, the court could sentence him to five years in prison, according to his attorney.

Smallman said he hopes to get the warrant dismissed.

“You have to violate probation willfully and substantially,” Smallman said. “I have a hard time seeing how it was willful or substantial if you can buy it from the behind the counter at 7-Eleven.”

Smallman also wants proof that the chemicals found in Hewett’s drug test were on the list of banned compounds.

As soon as federal and state officials outlaw specific compounds used to make synthetic marijuana, new ones show up in stores, tweaked by chemists trying to stay one step ahead of the law.

Even with sophisticated testing, toxicologists are having a tough time detecting those new compounds.

What’s more, the tests are expensive – $200 to $300 – and the state can’t afford to test everyone on probation or parole, experts say.

“Probation officers aren’t going to [routinely] test for this,” said Dr. Bruce Goldberger, professor and director of toxicology at the University of Florida.

That’s what Spice users are counting on.

Still, with cities in South Florida lining up to ban synthetic marijuana and bath salts, tests are being conducted among high-risk users, said Jim Hall, director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Substance Abuse at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.

“When someone is admitted to probation they are instructed on the court orders,” said Jo Ellyn Rackleff, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections. “One of the standard court orders is that they abide by all laws. And both bath salts and synthetic marijuana are illegal. People on probation know they are not supposed to use mind-altering substances.”

Hewett says he has learned his lesson.

“The older stuff was more like marijuana,” he said. “The newer stuff makes me sick. I can’t take this stuff anymore because I’m on probation.”

Smoking Spice

For all those adherents to the “ignorance is bliss doctrine,” synthetic marijuana, commonly and hereafter referred to as spice, is now illegal in Georgia and many other states.

In May 2012, Governor Nathan Deal signed SB 370, which classifies synthetic marijuana (JWH-018) as a Schedule I drug — up there with heroin, GHB and natural marijuana.

While once a viable alternative to smoking the green, odorous plant, spice has now become a pointless alternative.

Yet people continue to smoke it.

Spice is a synthetic compound that mimics the effects of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that yields the high. The compound is usually sprayed onto a burnable substance and then marketed in pouches as incense (c’mon manufacturers, who are you really fooling?).

The only “edge” spice held over marijuana were that it was techinically a legal substance — and that it didn’t show up on as many drug tests.

But that didn’t mean it was safe.

Users have reported feelings of nausea, paranoia and dizziness arising as a result of using the drug. From there you know the high isn’t as “good” as the one that marijuana yields.

The fact that people continue to smoke the substance is baffling. Governor Nathan Deal signed SB into effect after reports surfaced of deaths and psychosis resulting from using the drug.

Both of those are occurrences that one should never want to risk.

The only other “advantage” spice held over marijuana is that it didn’t show up on basic drug tests. There are two lines of pragmatic logic that stem from this fact. First, if chemists can dream up the drug, it’s highly probable that other chemists can dream up drug tests to detect that drug. And second, if spice usage is becoming such an epidemic even after the drug was illegalized, it’s exceedingly likely that said drug tests will become widespread amongst doctors, employers, etc.

Your decisions are your own, and we as an editorial board can only provide the information necessary to make sure you make choices with all of the facts readily accessible.

So if you are going to smoke an illicit substance, why would you smoke one that yields graver health effects and even possible death?

Before the legal and medical studies came to light, spice was a craftier alternative to getting high on marijuana.

But now, it’s just a imbecilic drug to imbibe in.

Spice: Synthetic marijuana was declared illegal in New Mexico last year, but it’s still gaining a foothold in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD — For years, spice, potpourri and incense have been used by the general population for cooking and making their homes smell sweeter. But that has changed.


Today, those harmless sounding products are finding their way into the hands and bodies of teens and adults in Carlsbad and Eddy County as illicit drugs.


Pecos Valley Drug Task Force Commander Carroll Caudill said the use of spice in Eddy County is becoming a problem.


Termed as synthetic marijuana, spice is sold under many brand names such as Texas Tea, Mystic Monkey Potpourri, K2 Spice and Route 69. Users smoke it or drink it as a tea to get a high.


Sold in glitzy packaging, some dealers charge $20 a gram, about the amount found in an artificial sweetener package such as Sweet’N Low, Caudill said.


“I think at this point it is becoming a real big problem,” he said. “In the last six months the amount of spice we have seized has really increased. It’s becoming a big problem, not just in our county. Law enforcement in neighboring counties and cities are telling us the same thing. That’s why we have been diligent in trying to stop the sale of spice. But it is difficult.”


Last month the task force reportedly seized more than 4,000 packets of spice from a local business and arrested the owner, who is now facing federal charges.

Caudill said up until last year when Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill making New Mexico the 16th states to ban synthetic marijuana,

law enforcement’s hands were tied. Now that there is a state law — backed by a new federal law signed by President Obama last week — that bans spice and other chemically formed drugs such as bath salts, Caudill said it gives law enforcement agencies such as his the green light to investigate and arrest users and dealers.


In signing the bill last year, Martinez, a former top prosecutor in Dona Ana County, said: “These drugs are no less harmful just because they are known by catchy names and are chemically different than the substances they are supposed to replicate. They can pack a powerful punch and can hold devastating consequences for anyone who uses them.”

Caudill sees it the same way. He said before Martinez signed the bill manufacturers would make a slight change in their spice ingredient, and by that one change, it would become legal and frustrate law enforcement.


With the new federal law in place, changing part or all of the chemical ingredients still makes spice or bath salt illegal. The federal law could land a dealer in federal court, as seen recently by the alleged dealer arrested in Carlsbad.

How are teens and adults in Eddy County getting the product if it is banned in New Mexico?

“It’s all coming from out of state,” Caudill explained. “In the most recent case we worked, the stuff came out of California and Arizona. Some of the stuff was also from China. It’s easy to buy it online and get it sent in the mail. It is very difficult to police when it comes in the mail.


“They are selling it online as incense. But it is not fit for human consumption. The dealers fully know what they are doing. Unlike marijuana, crack and meth, a (drug sniffing) dog doesn’t detect spice. The Postal Service may have a way to detect it, but we don’t.”

Eve Flanigan, Carlsbad Community Anti-Drug/Gang Coalition program manager, who works with teens in Carlsbad and Eddy County, lauded the Drug Task Force’s recent arrest of an alleged local dealer.

“It’s a big problem. We have had teen

s telling us for the past three or four years that they have been using spice and bath salts. There is a strong awareness among teens about the drug, but not among adults,” she said.


Flanigan said parents need to be educated on the products.


“The Food and Drug Administration is now regulating these drugs that have flown under the radar for so long,” she said. “Spice is similar to marijuana in that people mostly roll it and smoke it. The packaging of spice is glitzy and the marketing and packaging can change in a day. The bad thing is there is no labeling on the package telling the user what the product contains. You don’t know what chemical was mixed in.”


According to a publication by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute on Drug Use, spice products are popular among young people. Of the illicit drugs most used by high school senior, spice products are second only to marijuana.

Easy access and the misperception that spice products are “natural” and therefore harmless, have likely contributed to their popularity. Another selling point is that the chemicals used in spice are not easily detected in standard drug tests.


To demonstrate the popularity of spice among teens, Flanigan tells a story about a local juvenile probation officer who told seven of her young probationers that she was going to have them tested for spice at the same time.


“She had them together and gave them the opportunity to admit if they had used it before actually having them tested. Every single one of them said they used spice. That was about 18 months ago,” Flanigan said.


Consequences from using spice

Caudill said claims made that spice is safe to use scare him.

“I don’t know if we have had anyone in Carlsbad overdose and die from using spice,” Caudill said. “I read recently about a doctor’s research. He said spice acts more like an amphetamine and not (like) marijuana. He said he had one 14-year-old patient that tried to commit suicide by jumping out of a multi-story office window. Parents need to be very vigilant about what their teens are bringing into the house.”


Flanigan said she has read many publications about the effects of spice and all reported abusers of spice in need of medical attention as a result of their use of the drug showed symptoms that included a rapid heart rate, vomiting, agitation, confusion and hallucinations. Spice can also raise blood pressure and cause reduced blood supply to the heart. In a few cases, the drug has been linked to heart attacks

She said because spice has flown under the radar for so long, it’s really hard to tell how toxic it may be. But public health officials have voiced concern that there may be harmful heavy metal residues in spice mixtures.


Caudill said while the law is now clear that spice or any other synthetic drug is now illegal to use, still, policing it is not easy.


“It’s one more thing we have to look at,” he added.

Four arrested in Herbal Incense – Spice Drug Raid

MENOMINEE, Mich. – A drug bust in Menominee, Michigan is putting a tough new law to the test.

Police raided Ma’s Smoke Shop Monday night, because it was allegedly selling packets of synthetic marijuana.

A new state law banning the possession and sale of the drug went into effect last week.

It goes by many names including sour diesel and brain freeze.

“Bottom line is money. And people do a lot of crazy things for money. Obviously they are going to sell this with the risk of getting caught,” said Brett Botbyl, Menominee Police Chief.

This synthetic marijuana is part of an investigation that led police to Ma’s Smoke Shop in downtown Menominee.

Police executed a search warrant here Monday night.

“We arrested four people for possession, or possession with the intent to deliver the synthetic form of marijuana known as K2, or spice,” said Botbyl.

Police say more arrests could be on the way.

“We’re working with the prosecutor’s office to seek additional warrants for two additional people on this,” said Botbyl.

“The first night search warrant we seized hundreds of packets. Subsequent search warrant that we performed last night at the storage unit, we seized in excess of 450 packets,” said Botbyl.

Three men and one woman were taken to jail. Charges have not yet been filed, but authorities say the suspects could face serious time behind bars.

“Possession is a two-year felony; delivery is a seven-year felony. That’s just an example of how serious the legislature is taking this,” said Dan Hass, prosecuting attorney.

Hass says K2 is more than a concern.

“I would say it it’s reached epidemic proportions,” said Hass.

Hass says the new law will give his office an advantage in the courtroom.

“Hopefully we can get this stuff off the streets. It’s a bad drug,” said Hass.

Meanwhile, crime tape encircles this building. Police have changed the locks, and Ma’s Smoke Shop is closed for business.

Samples have been sent to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab in Marquette.

Prosecutors are waiting for police reports and recommendations before they file any charges.

Down to Earth Mango Review

Now i know i am not the only one out there that loves MANGO scent.  If your looking for a strong scent of mango and a nice burning herbal incense then down to earth mango is the herbal spice for you.  I bought a 1 gram bag of down to earth mango from someincense.com for $17.99.  At first i thought it was a little pricey for only getting one gram. 

I mean really how far can 1 little gram of herbal incense go right?  Well when i ordered the spice from the website i did it on a monday night.  I was very pleased to get it in the mail in a little package within 36 hours after i placed my online order.  I mean wow holly crap that is super fast.  I was thinking it would take like 4 days to get my herbal incense order in the mail or longer.  As i have ordered herbal spice from several other websites in the past and it took a while before i got it.  Most of the time i got free shipping, what can i same you get what you pay for.

Since i was completely out of herbal incense i was very pleased to get this nice little package in the mail so quickly.  Now lets get to this mango flavor i am so pleased with.  I got the package of down to earth and it was sealed in a small plastic bag, once i opened the package of spice i noticed a very pleasent aroma of mango.  I mean i have not even put fire to this spice yet, and already such an amazing smell.  I am thinking hell yes.

So let me tell you the packaging was very nice, and once i got the herbal spice out of the package i was thinking its best to roll it up in a joint.  I had some rolling papers and started to break up the spice.  Great news about this herbal incense is that there was NO stems.  When i say none i mean this stuff was perfect and ready to roll up with out all that work we always have to do on other herbal blends.

So i took a nice amount and placed it in the rolling paper and filled it up, licked the rolling paper and were off to take this review of down to earth to the next level.  Grab my lighter from my desk and put some fire to this nice looking herbal incense joint i rolled, as i did do a really nice job on this joint since the spice was so fine and steam free.

Once i put the fire to the end of the joint i took a deep long pull off it and held in the hit for about 20 seconds and it was a nice flavor of mango.  At first i thought i had a big fat fresh mango that i was bitting into and i just ripped it off the tree. I was now getting excited i mean the spice is burning perfect and i am loving the flavor of this spice.

So i went for a few more hits and did the same thing holding in each hit of the spice for several seconds.  By the time i got to my 4th hit i was like holly crap i am feeling great.  So i reached down and put the damn thing out.  Oh my i am sitting hear all by my self smoking all this joint?  What i did not have any idea that this was going to be so smooth and strong.

Let me make sure i get my message across cause strong can mean a ton of things.  This was not strong as in i feel like crap and starting to shake or anything. I mean feeling really relaxed and great.  It was strong enough i did not need to smoke more of it.  So i am looking down at this one gram bag thinking hey this little bag of down to earth packs a great punch.

I am very happy and this could be the best 17.99 i have ever spent on herbal spice.  The high from the spice lasted about an hour could have been a little less but i did pick my joint back up in like 40 min and take a few more pulls from that bad boy as i did not want that amazing feeling to go away. I mean shit how does thats why we relax and smoke herbal spice right?

In closing i would say if you like herbal incense and you love mango flavor as much as i do, then you cant go wrong with ordering and trying a one gram bag of down to earth spice for your self. I would rate it a 9/10 over all and its a bargain at 17.99 as its not about quantity it about quality.  Thanks for reading my review and if you have an experience with herbal spice, leave a comment and share with others. Its simple all you have to do is type in a few words at the bottom of this post guys & gals.

Mr. Nice Guy LMAO Herbal Incense Review

Mr. Nice Guy is no stranger to the ever growing and changing world of K2 Spice, herbal incense, and herbal potpourri’s.  Their new lineups seem to be considered “Herbal Burnables”.  Mr. Nice Guy’s  other latest release at someincense, which also has been getting rave reviews, well about as good as you can expect from 3rd generation herbal incense products.

The herbal mixture is consistent with all Mr. Nice Guy incense and potpourri products, mostly marshmallow leaf(which is a good thing). The herbs are a bit on the “smelly” side and so what of a harsher burn than what I have come to expect with Mr. Nice Guy, but nevertheless this clown delivers as promised.

Having tried both Mr Nice Guy and LMAO, I would rank LMAO a bit stronger but a bit harsher. Where as Primo is more smoother but a little weaker, so there is a bit of trade off between the two.  Either way these both make for good new 50 state legal herbal incense.

The effects produced, although short lived, are rather pleasant. I would say from start to finish the effects lasted about 25-30 minutes. Now I don’t know if this is more of a placebo effect do to the name “LMAO” or from the picture of the clown but it seem to provide more of an upbeat, funny feeling. Rather than a more relaxed state. I seemed to chuckle more than usually. I experienced no bad side effects afterwards. The price was typical of what you could expect from Mr. Nice Guy herbal incense.

If you’re not afraid of clowns and are ready to take a trip to the circus you can order some Mr. Nice Guy LMAO from this website.

Scooby Snax Herbal Incense Review

When the Fun Loving Criminals were “Running around robbing banks all wacked off of Scooby Snacks”, I do not think they were thinking of this happy little blend from someincense.com! Scooby Snax rather should be conjuring up images of food piled high, sharing it with your best bud while trying to avoid as much work as possible! I once tried this product that must have been a bad batch because it ended up leaving an aftertaste of fish behind that was foul. In the interest of science however, I am always willing to try something again, with the optimism that I will be proven wrong. WHEW! I am glad I did… the pre-burnt aroma is fruity, fun- matches the colorful tie-dyed package with Scooby on the front. The herbal blend is fluffy and light, and compacts well into the burner. The blend itself has a few sticks in it, but nothing that would ruin your day.
When lit, the herbal blend gives off copious amounts of thick smoke that is very pleasant and long-lasting. Not harsh at all, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how long each light lasts you- upwards of 20 minutes per light. Beginner to expert incense burners will not be disappointed in this one! There’s no mystery as to why Scooby has that look on his face- this is a fun herbal blend that goes well with music, friends, or just enjoying the little things in life around you.  Any  incense enthusiast could not go wrong adding this to their collection of daily blends. Since the herbal blend they are using seems so fluffy and light, it is an extremely versatile blend for all types of incense burners!