The kids call it by many names, fake weed, K2 Spice, Spice Gold, or simply K2. This drug is anything but safe and may cause hallucinations, vomiting, heart palpitations and other dangerous side effects.
K2 can be produced using chemical compounds called JWH-018 or JWH-073, that were developed in the 1990's. These compounds are structured similar to THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and can be legally acquired and sprayed onto varying mixtures of dried herbs, flowers and tobacco leaves. K2 is most widely known to produce mellow and euphoric feelings for users.
So…the point of this is that the adolescent told me that he had been smoking K2. He told me that it was a “legal” substance that you could buy over the internet or in smoke shops...K2 may be 10 times more active than THC (marijuana) and while it may have many of the same effects as the high with marijuana, it has also been found to cause hallucinations, and seizures.
Witnesses say Daniel informed residents at the Waco home where the incident took place that he was "on a bad trip from ingesting K-2" — a type of synthetic cannabis known to exacerbate existing psychoses — before getting down on his hands and knees and "chas[ing] a neighbor while barking and growling like a dog."
He then proceeded to beat and strangle the family dog before biting into it, "ripping pieces of flesh away." The dog was later pronounced dead at the scene.
In February of 2011, the Drug Enforcement Agency made it illegal for one year to possess and sell five chemicals used to make the fake pot products. In February of 2012, the ban was extended for another six months, according to the Huffington Post.
Despite this ban, manufacturers are still producing the product and selling it in a number of states. One Website for K2 prominently displays a banner that says, “Our product contains no DEA-banned substances.”
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing followed the lead of local officials in nearby cities and banned the sale of K2, Spice, other forms of synthetic marijuana, and the drug known as "bath salts" Tuesday afternoon.
“To anyone distributing K2 or other synthetic marijuana in the City of Detroit to the detriment of our citizens, we have a message for you -– we will seize it and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” Bing said in a statement.
K2 is hideous. I tried it and was flooded with homicidal thoughts and wanted to kill myself to protect others. I felt like a demon entered me and was telling me to kill people. I just kept praying to Jesus asking Him to keep me safe and my family safe. I felt like I had taken something that made me paranoid with audible hallucinations. This shouldn’t be called legal weed but should be called legal death. I fortunately had a moment when I called a friend. She came over right away. She stayed with me until the hallucinations stopped. K2 has literally made me want to give my life back to God. Scariest thing EVER!!!!
K2 is produced in China and Korea. The product is similar to Spice which is the popular brand name of incense labeled as “herbal smoking blend” that is sold in smoke shops in Europe, Canada and other parts of the world since around 2002. On the street K2 is also known as Blonde, Summit, Standard, and Citron.
Because of the marijuana type high K2 has given marijuana smokers another reason to smile because it is legal to possess and purchase throughout most of the United States. But what makes the drug so feared and hated among parents and law enforcement agencies?
The teenagers who suffered heart attacks had none of the usual medical problems that usually precede heart attacks in adults, such as high cholesterol or blood pressure. However, all three admitted to smoking K2 a few days before experiencing chest pain.
Doctors speculated that K2 might have caused temporary spasms in the coronary arteries, which in turn could have cut off the heart's blood supply long enough to kill part of the muscle.
While grassroots organizers and community members in Livingston County recently met to discussion what action can be taken against gas stations and party stores selling the designer drug K2, communities across the state are grappling with the same problem.
A meeting hosted by the Livingston County Community Alliance May 7 in Howell resulted in a list of action items for grassroots organizers to take on and will lead up to pickets of stores selling K2 in the county.