Fake Weed – Spice – K2 Where are we now?


After several months of raids on the herbal incense spice industry many people from kids to mothers and parents of children using spice drugs all ask the same question. After all this where are we now?

The spice dealers are asking there chemists the same thing, it is a huge mess for all. Since i spend so much time and i get to see all the different angles of what this spice drug has done to so many i am writing from all angles.

One, when this herbal incense spice drug hit the streets no one had any idea of the long term effects from the drug. Retailers started to sell the spice drug under names like, K2 Spice, Herbal Incense, Mad Hatter, Mr Nice Guy, Cloud 9, Aroma spice, Jonny Clearwater, Scooby Snax, just to name a few. Since the DEA had no idea how this drug was being used the manufactures of the spice drug were able to get in to many gas stations around America.

As kids started to use the drug since it was not illegal and they are kids so they dont have a clue about the effects of drugs that they can buy at the local convince stores. It went crazy, they loved it and almost instantly were addicted to the high and the effects they felt from smoking the spice.

Now on the adult side, many long term adults that smoked weed for years and might now have a current job that drug tests them said Hey lets give it a shot. Many of users that were adults i spoke with said they were on probation and it gave them a new option. A way that they could still get that feeling that they have enjoyed for years from smoking pot with out the hash actions if they were to get caught by an employeer or law informent.

So the gas stations start to see large profits from the sale of the spice drug. Profits in the tens of thousands in just a weeks sales. As law makers learn more about the spice drug they drove to many places selling the spice to ask for them to pull it off the shelf. Well these small corner stores though out the United States are already making the largest profit they have seen in years. They are feeling like they might have a chance to get out of debt for the first time in years. They might make just enough to take that extra weekend get away they wanted for years but just could not afford to take due to they economy.

After a while of trying to get bills passed, congress passed the bill outlawing the UR144 chemical used to manufacture the spice drug. Well it was a little to late. At this point herbal spice was already used by millions across America. It had been legal for years with a lot of people that enjoyed it, were hooked on it, and made money selling it.

So what happens next? Well the store owners dont want to loose out on huge profits, and these clients that are coming into there store each week, several times a week to pick up there favorite blend of spice are not just buying spice. There at the store so there picking up soda, candy, and other items since there already there. So this is a total loss of business for these store owners now sales all across the board are going to go down.

Now you have this huge client base of users that are going to find a way to get there spice, remember there hooked they have been using it for some time now. You have the dealers that make the spice that have lined there pocket with millions of dollars in a horrible economy and they just got a nice life style.

The manufactures do what they know, they contact there chemist and demand that they make a small change in the DNA of the UR144 chemical. Now the drug dealers how do this for a living are one step ahead of law makers. Why might you ask?

I will tell you why, because the police and DEA have thousands of things to worry about, tons of drugs to deal with. The makers of herbal spice drug have one full time job. One single thing to focus on. How to get there product in front of as many clients as possible and make as much money as they can before the next ban of there current chemical.

They have passed new bills out lawing the spice drug. But the question is the same to all. Have we seen the last of it? I am here to tell you that we have not. One of two things is happening right now.
A new chemical will be used to produce spice drug and it will be back in stores by the end of the year.

Or worst it will go underground and dealers all over the world on the corner will be selling to anyone with a $5.00 bill.

Parents if you wonder if your kids are using spice, sit them down speak to them about the dangers of drugs. Get to know there friends and make sure you educate you kids.

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Synthetic Marijuana is ‘Dangerous Stuff’


In the wake of raids on a dozen Washington County businesses selling the drug, Dr. Neil Capretto of Gateway Rehabilitation said the problem is ‘everywhere.’

 

Dr. Neil Capretto said one patient who came intoGateway Rehabilitation called the synthetic pot he was smoking “like marijuana on steroids.”

In the wake of a raid of a dozen Washington County businesses that were selling the synthetic marijuana, often packaged as incense and labeled “not fit for human consumption,” Capretto, Gateway’s medical director, said the use of such “designer drugs” is on the rise.

“It’s everywhere,” the doctor said. “It’s through most of the country now.”

And it’s getting worse, he said. Right now, he said there are 140 different versions of synthetic marijuana, and each has its own “tweaked” version of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in the drug.

The concept is based of research done in the 1990s by a scientist who was working to create a synthetic form of the drug for legitimate reasons, trying to mimic the relaxation and sedation effects of marijuana.

But Capretto said the doctor later abandoned the research because the synthetic version was similar “but much, much more potent.”

How much more?

“It was two to 10 times more potent,” Capretto said, adding that the potency causes much more extreme effects, including hallucinations and loss of motor-coordination skills.

Generally smoked, the products sold and seized at local shops come mostly from China, where makers spray the drug on plant material, and market it as incense or potpourri.

“It’s like, ‘Wink, wink,” but everyone knows,” Capretto said. “This is some very potent, dangerous stuff.”

And while the drugs have made its way into many circles, the doctor said it’s use it most common in two groups.

The first group includes people between the ages of 18 and 30.

The other group? People in the legal system or a work environment that requires regular drug testing.

Capretto said that while technology is advancing, it’s difficult to screen for the drug because its make-up is slightly different from traditional THC.

 

“So you pass your drug test,” Capretto said.

He asked parents and members of the community to be vigilant—and not assume that the name “synthetic marijuana” or the fact it can be found in convenience stores and gas stations are signs it is safe to consume.

And he said he thinks the stores, which he said have made as much as $100,000 a year selling the synthetic marijuana also known also as K2 or K3, should be held accountable.

“We have to hold their feet to the fire,” Capretto said.

Police make local bath salts bust


VERONA TOWNSHIP — The Huron County Sheriff’s Office along with the Bad Axe Police Department made a large, bath salts-related drug bust on Joyce Drive on Tuesday afternoon.

After serving a search warrant, authorities entered the residence to find three individuals present, with one appearing to be in the process of injecting a substance into their arm.

Used, new and loaded syringes were reported to be strewn across the entire residence.

Through the course of about four and a half hours, nearly 50 grams of bath salts were confiscated along with about 15 syringes that were loaded with an unknown substance. Authorities believe the syringes contain a bath salt solution.

Also found in the bust were prescription drugs, possible morphine, K2 and other unknown pills, along with nearly $1,000 in cash.

The current street value of bath salts is ranging from $40 a gram to as much as $80 a gram. This value is roughly double what bath salts cost before being recently deemed illegal.

The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation initiated in a cooperative effort between both police departments. Some cooperation from the occupants was received and the investigation will continue.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” said Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson. “We receive tips on almost a daily basis, but it makes it difficult when the tipster doesn’t really want to get involved.”

While the bust is believed to be of a large dealer in the area, officials said the bath salts issue will continue to be an problem.

“By no means has the bath salts problem come to an end,” Hanson said.

The sheriff’s office has been in communication with the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office and been discussing options on criminal charges.

Huron Central Ambulance also assisted at the scene.
Authorities encourage anyone with tips on illegal drug activity to contact the sheriff’s office at 989-269-6500 during regular business hours or Huron Central Dispatch at 989-269-6421 anytime. There is also a confidential tips line at 989-269-2861.

TRIBAL WARRIOR GOLD HERBAL INCENSE REVIEW


TRIBAL WARRIOR GOLD HERBAL SPICE REVIEWS

LEARN MORE ABOUT K2, LEGAL HIGHS, SPICE DRUGS, AND HERBAL INCENSE. CHECK OUT THE LARGEST HERBAL INCENSE REVIEW SITE ON THE NET.

First lets start with how websites are marketing this herbal incense spice.  This is what they have to say,

Beat the oppressive DEA ban with our newly improved herbal incense!

This new formulation is legal throughout the U.S.A. and most countries worldwide. Now 50% stronger than the classic blends, 100% as potent as the originals, and as collectable as ever! Collect every pack to reveal the answer to Am-Hi-Co’s mystery question.

Now i am not sure your going to beat the DEA. I mean these are big words to come from any website. The website we came across claiming to beat the DEA just sounds like there asking for trouble. But anyway lets start off with our review of the product.

When we first got our package of herbal potpourri blend we ordered the TRIBAL WARRIOR GOLD HERBAL INCENSE.  This blend was packaged just like the photo above and comes in a sealed package.  Still there is not any way of knowing just what is really in this spice.  We decided to go with burning a small bowl of it since its our first time ever trying this blend.

Now with any herbal potpourri spice blend you burn for the first time you want to be careful with it.  Some are very strong and some will make you feel like crap.  This one was very week and did not really do the trick.  It was full of steams and the buds did not stick together well at all.  Really there was no buds, but the spice was very loose.

The two of use that were trying this TRIBAL WARRIOR GOLD HERBAL INCENSE for this review took 3 hits off our water bong and we started to feel a little something after a few minutes.  It did not last long and lucky for us we got it free for doing the review.  As always just cause someone sends us there product to write a review on.

We always want to thank them for doing that also.  Truth is that we are going to give an honest review.  If a product is not as good as others we have tried and reviewed. Let me just say i have tried over 200 different blends of spice.  I know what to expect and what blends are top of the line herbal incense. This blend is missing something and was not something i would write home to mom about.

We got this from a spike website.  On there website they are charging $27.99 for a bag of this spice.  Please dont waist your money on it.  Sometimes you just get a bad blend, and this was one of them times.

Aroma 3/10 – not really any aroma to this blend.

Cost 1/10 Way over priced for weak spice. ( at retail price)

Blend 4/10 Was very loose with some steams and no buds.

 

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.

Inquiry into Kronic, other synthetic drugs


Doctors, miners, police and judges have made their case to a state government inquiry trying to bring synthetic drugs, including Kronic, under control.

The inquiry committee, which includes Hunter MPs Clayton Barr and Sonia Hornery, has held meetings across the region this week to devise effective controls for synthetic drugs.

The Newcastle Herald reported last May that the products’ popularity had grown in the mining industry because the drugs failed to register in routine workplace drug tests.

Specialist drug and alcohol tester Coal Services Health is among several groups, including the NSW Minerals Council, appealing for the inquiry to ban the products.

A submission from the company cites testing difficulties, health risks for users and safety risks for their workmates.

Coal Services Health general manager Mark O’Neill said synthetic drugs required a different test because they created different by-products in users’ bodies.

But tweaked recipes meant the by-products often changed, Mr O’Neill said, essentially requiring testers to know which strain they were looking for.

‘‘The likelihood we’re going to have a simple on-site test device like we do for [other] drugs in the short-term is unlikely,’’ he said.

‘‘You can send it off to an accredited lab and identify if [synthetic traces] are there, but that’s about it.’’

Mr Barr said the risk of intoxicated workers going undetected in many industries was a major concern, requiring a ‘‘proactive and pre-emptive’’ solution.

‘‘How would you feel about a teacher [imbibing] and then teaching a class, or [supervising] kids abseiling?’’, Mr Barr said.

‘‘There is not going to be a simple solution.’’

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell banned several ingredients used in the products following the Herald reports, but formula changes have allowed the products to remain on shelves.

The Eros Association, which represents adult stores selling and importing the synthetic drugs, made a submission arguing for heavy restrictions instead of a ban.

‘‘Governments have to understand that banning these products mean they lose control of them,’’ the association’s submission says.

‘‘There is absolutely no jurisdiction in the world that has effectively prohibited these substances.’’

The inquiry is expected to report to NSW Parliament this year.

Montco D.A. talks about crackdown on sales of synthetic drugs


NORRISTOWN – On the street, it goes by the nicknames “K2,” “K3,” “Kush,” “Spice,” “Dead Man,” “Power Diesel” and some even call it “herbal incense,” according to authorities.

But while some might regard so-called synthetic marijuana as a safe alternative to other controlled substances, law enforcement authorities say it is dangerous and illegal.

“Synthetic simply means man-made, they’re not organic. While these drugs have been labeled by some as synthetic, they are just as dangerous and toxic and illegal as other controlled substances,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman warned this week.

Because drugs like K2 are labeled on the street as “synthetic, people think they “are fake and not real” and not dangerous, Ferman maintained.

 

“Let me tell you nothing can be further from the truth,” Ferman said. “These chemical compounds are just as dangerous, sometimes more dangerous, than some of the drugs we are accustomed to hearing about and seeing on our streets.”

In the wake of the arrests this week of a Pottstown man, who allegedly was driving high on K2 at the time of a May 21 double-fatal crash, and of a store owner and clerk, who allegedly sold the K2 to those involved in the crash, Ferman spoke about the dangers of the so-called synthetic drugs and about the relatively new laws that criminalize the behavior.

“K2 might look like something from a candy store, but it is illegal,” said Ferman, pointing to the colorful 30 vials of K2 that allegedly were seized from the Achi Store in Pottstown during the recent investigation.

K2 is a generic name for any number of substances known as synthetic marijuana. Authorities explained users take something considered harmless like an herb and spray a chemical compound on it to create K2. When smoked, authorities alleged, the substances replicate the high acquired from marijuana, even though they do not contain THC, marijuana’s active chemical.

“Reports from emergency rooms and poison centers have indicated that K2 can also produce effects not seen with marijuana use. The most serious of these side effects are panic, rapid heart rate and anxiety that results in suicidal episodes,” Ferman said. “We see paranoia, we see hallucinations and we see anxiety. We see all sorts of adverse reactions that cause people significant damage.”

Highlighting the dangerous nature of the drug, Ferman recalled a June 15, 2011, incident during which a 16-year-old Abington area boy leaped off of the third story of a four-story parking garage at the Willow Grove Park mall.

 

“We found through that investigation that he was under the influence, at the time, of K2,” Ferman said.

At the time of the incident, the sale of K2 was not illegal.

But under a relatively new law, commonly known as “bath salts legislation,” that was enacted Aug. 22, 2011, K2 is now considered a Schedule I synthetic cannabinoid, which is believed to mimic the effects of cannabis. A Schedule I drug is one that currently has no legitimate medical purpose under Pennsylvania law and has a high potential for abuse.

“What it did was criminalize what had come to be known as synthetic drugs, synthetic marijuana and bath salts,” Ferman explained about the legislation she supported. “The reason that the bill passed through the legislature is that over the preceding year we were inundated in law enforcement with incidents of violence and other disturbing acts by people who were under the influence of substances just like this.”

“So it was a response to what we were seeing on the street, a response to the substances coming into our community, being sold in convenience stores, in drug stores and gas stations, places like that,” Ferman recalled.

While many states are individually addressing the issue, the federal government also has responded by making such substances illegal.

Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams announced last year that law enforcement officers throughout the state of Pennsylvania would be enforcing the new law banning production, use and possession of dangerous bath salts and synthetic marijuana. Detectives and state police have been actively identifying and purchasing these substances from Berks retailers throughout the county since that time.

While prior to 2010 there was little known use or sale of K2 in Montgomery County, Ferman indicated over the last two years “there really has been an explosion” of young people involved in some “violent and disturbing incidents while they’re under the influence of these synthetic drugs.”

“It is primarily teenagers and young adults who are using these substances. We’re not seeing a great many stories about middle-aged, older folks, who are going out there and buying K2 or bath salts. We’re seeing a lot of kids who are using it because they believe, falsely, that it’s not dangerous and they believe it’s not illegal.”

“I think the message needs to go out there to young people that these substances can be just as toxic, just as dangerous and get you in as much trouble as the other substances that you would typically think of as being illegal,” Ferman said.

 

Possessing K2 for personal use is a misdemeanor while possessing K2 with the intent to distribute it is a felony, under the law.

Possessing 2-10 grams of K2 with intent to distribute carries a mandatory two-year prison sentence for a first time conviction. Possessing 10-100 grams of K2 with intent to distribute can carry a mandatory three-year prison term, while possessing more than 100 grams can carry a mandatory five-year prison sentence.

Sale of K2 to a minor carries a possible one year mandatory minimum prison sentence and the sale of it in a school zone can get an offender a two-year mandatory sentence, according to the law.

“Having a gun with these drugs carries with it a five-year mandatory minimum,” Ferman warned.

Ferman characterized those who sell the substances as being “no better than the street corner or school yard dealers.” She warned all store owners that authorities will prosecute them if investigations determine they are selling the substances.

“The substance, I’ve been told, originated in the Middle East and it’s something that started overseas, became popular in Europe and then came to this country a few years ago,” Ferman explained.

Court documents alleged that K2 was sold at the Achi Store in Pottstown for about $6 a container.

“You’re talking about not many dollars,” said Ferman, adding part of the appeal to users is that it is considered cheap. “Part of the appeal is that it’s been labeled as synthetic, so it makes kids think that it’s not illegal and that it’s not dangerous.”

Another part of the appeal is that those who want it believe they don’t have to turn to a so-called drug dealer on the street to get it but can walk into some convenience store and purchase it, authorities said.

When the law went into effect last year, Ferman said authorities set out to educate the public.

 

“We talked about the danger of these substances. We talked about the fact we were going to enforce the law and that we wanted store owners, shop owners, to know that they had an opportunity to get rid of these substances but we were going to enforce the law. Unfortunately, very tragically, we’re here enforcing the law in a case where there were some horrific consequences,” said Ferman, referring to the Pottstown double-fatal crash.

Roger Tracy Malloy, 27, of Pottstown, faces charges of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of a controlled substance in connection with the 11:30 p.m. May 21 crash on State Street that claimed the lives of James N. Crawford, 28, of Pottstown, and Rachael Witt, 15, a ninth-grade student at Pottstown High School, passengers in the gold Lincoln Continental allegedly operated by Malloy.

The brand of K2 that Malloy allegedly smoked before the crash was called “Dead Man.”

Authorities also filed drug delivery-related charges against Rafie L. Ali, 34, of Pottstown, the alleged operator of the Achi Store, and Mohamed Himed, 25, of New York, a store clerk.

The arrests mark the first time that a store owner has been charged in Montgomery County with selling K2, under the new state law.

Alleged user, sellers of man-made pot charged in crash


A Pottstown man who police said was “flying” on K2, or synthetic pot, and two others who supplied it from behind the counter of a local convenience store were charged Monday in connection with a May 21 car crash that killed two people.

In the first charges to be lodged in Montgomery County under the state’s recent ban on synthetic drugs, police announced the filing of two counts of vehicular homicide against Roger Malloy, 27, of the 300 block of N. York Street.

Malloy told police he had just smoked K2 on May 21 when the Lincoln Continental he was driving went out of control on rain-slick pavement, killing Pottstown residents James Crawford, 28, and Rachel Witt, 15, who were in the car.

A third passenger, Kendall Harper, 16, was severely injured in the crash on State Street in the northwestern Montgomery County borough, police said.

Police also announced the arrest of Rafie Ali, 34, of the 400 block of E. High Street, and Mohamed Himed, 25, of the Bronx, N.Y.

Ali, authorities allege, was proprietor of the store where Malloy purchased the K2. Himed was a clerk.

The pair were charged with corrupt organizations, delivering a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court papers, the two peddled the illegal substance for $5 a bag or vial from behind the counter of the Achi store, a convenience shop at 315 E. High Street.

The pair were not charged with vehicular homicide because the anti-synthetic drug legislation passed Aug. 22, 2011, has no provision for that.

“We can’t file homicide charges against them, but make no mistake, they do have blood on their hands,” said District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman during a briefing in Norristown.

The two men were arraigned late Monday before District Judge Edward C. Kropp Sr., who ordered each held on $1 million bail in the Montgomery County prison. Malloy was awaiting arraignment before Kropp late Monday.

Ferman portrayed the case as a cautionary tale about what can go wrong when young people use synthetic marijuana.

Also known as “spice,” “K2” and fake weed, it is a manmade chemical compound that can be sprayed on a natural herb. When smoked, it delivers a high similar to THC, the prime ingredient in marijuana.

“K2 might look like something from a candy store, but it can kill,” Ferman said. She said young people use it because they believe it is cheap, relative to marijuana, and because they think “it’s not dangerous.”

“It can get you into as much trouble as other illegal drugs,” she warned.

On June 15, 2011, a 16-year-old Upper Moreland boy who had just smoked K2 jumped off the third story of a parking garage in Abington Township and was severely injured.

Police said the boy was sitting in a car with three friends about 8 p.m. when “he began to act oddly and may have been hallucinating.”

“He suddenly climbed out of the car. . .and ran full speed and leaped off of the deck,” detectives said. No charges were filed in connection with the incident because the synthetic drug ban had yet to become law.

In the Pottstown case, the K2 “caused [Malloy’s] heart to beat faster, blurred his vision, and caused a sense of panic,” according to court papers.

The car skidded 443 feet before coming to rest in an alley. Malloy pulled his friends from the back seat of the car and then vanished, police said. Malloy was apprehended May 22 while trying to escape authorities on a bicycle.

 

Cities getting tougher on synthetic, dangerous pot substitutes


Sold as herbal incense in candy-like packaging, synthetic marijuana is dangerous enough to outlaw. So say city and county officials around South Florida.

Sweetwater has banned the stuff and Sunrise officials are expected to give final approval to a ban in June. Others may be close behind, including Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Hallandale Beach, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach and Miami Gardens.

 

Spice 101: What is it? Where Does it Come From? What are the Side Effects?


It’s been cited as the cause of 18-year-old Bloomfield Township resident Oliver Smith’s death and is alleged to have influenced 19-year-old Farmington Hills resident Tucker Cipriano’s fatal attack on his family. It’s called Spice, or K2, but what exactly is this increasingly infamous substance?

Trenton police are currently canvasing the city to find stores that might be selling the substance andasking them to stop.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse defines “Spice,” as “a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as ‘safe,’ legal alternatives to that drug.”

However, NIDA, law enforcement officials and doctors in the Metro Detroit area say the substance is anything but “safe.”

Although Spice is commonly defined as “synthetic marijuana,” Dr. Sanford Vieder, director ofBotsford Hospital’s Emergency Trauma Center, said, “it really isn’t. Marijuana has a sedating effect … This stuff actually has the opposite effect.”

Made up of dried, shredded plant material and chemical additives, the drug has been known to have psychoactive, or mind-altering effects. There is a “hallucinogenic component,” Vieder said, adding that “violent reactions to even the slightest stimulus” can be caused by the substance.

NIDA calls the labels on Spice products “false advertising,” as they often claim to contain “natural” psycho-active material from plants but don’t immediately alert consumers to their active ingredients, which are primarily chemical additives.

What’s in it?

Because the product is marketed as “not for human consumption,” there is no requirement on the part of manufacturers to list packaging contents or ingredient amounts, and no two packages are the same.

Even beyond the dangers of its chemical additives, the herbal mixture itself may produce allergic reactions to sensitive users, according to Livestrong.com.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has designated five of the chemicals most frequently found in Spice as Schedule I controlled substances, making it is illegal to sell, buy or possess them. However, because these chemicals can be easily substituted for others that produce similar highs, manufacturers of Spice products are able to continue selling the product legally.

Commonly sold as incense or potpourri, users will smoke the substance in joints or pipes, or even make it into a tea to achieve a high.

What are its side effects?

According to a recent article in The Journal of School Safety, one in nine high school seniors has used synthetic marijuana in the past year.

The article states that the use of Spice is now the second most frequently used drug among high school seniors, second only to marijuana.

The Drug Enforcement Administration states that smoking spice gives a person psychological effects similar to those of marijuana, including paranoia, panic attacks and giddiness. It also can cause increase heart rates and blood pressure. Because the manufacturing of Spice is not regulated, the DEA states the combination or herbs and chemicals used can be potentially dangerous, and smoking the drug can cause serious reactions including nausea and, in at least one reported case, brain swelling.

How does it achieve a high?

The compound K2 affects the brain in the same way as THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Both compounds bind to the CB1 receptors in the brain, which primarily affect the central nervous system, but K2’s affect is about 10 times greater than THC, according to LiveScience.com.

In simple terms, this means smoking a small amount of K2 can prove just as potent as a larger amount of marijuana.

Where is it sold?

Typically, gas stations, head shops and the Internet. In response to public outrage over sale of the substance, BP and Citgo gas stations have recently asked their franchises to stop selling Spice and K2.

Manufacturers of Spice are not regulated and are often unknown since these products are often purchased over the Internet, according to the DEA. Several websites that sell the product are known to be based in China.

What does it look like?

Spice is typically sold in small, metalic plastic bags. The substance itself resembles dried leaves and is marketed as incense that can be smoked. It has also said to resemble potpourri.

What are other names for it?

Bilss, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Genie, Spice, Zohai, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks, K2, Fake Pot