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U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) officials recently announced a temporary ban on a popular new marijuana substitute known as “K2” or “Spice”, that contains various natural herbs and a synthetic spray coating that makes the blend have a marijuana-like effect on the body. According to officials, the synthetic spray contains five dangerous chemicals that are sending users to the emergency room.

“Makers of these harmful products mislead their customers into thinking that ‘fake pot’ is a harmless alternative to illegal drugs, but that is not the case,” explained Michele Leonhart, acting administrator at the DEA, in a statement. “Today’s action (banning the chemicals) will call further attention to the risks of ingesting unknown compounds and will hopefully take away any incentive to try these products.”

Currently, the chemicals are not a controlled substance, which means they are fully legal. And since makers of such products label them with disclaimers saying they not intended for human consumption, there is really no course of action that authorities can take to curb use. Subsequently, the popularity of artificial marijuana, especially among young people, has risen dramatically in recent years.

An ABC News report explains that the number of people harmed and sent to emergency rooms because of artificial marijuana has “risen exponentially” over the past year and a half. And according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, there have already been 500 cases of adverse reactions to the drug this year, which include severe seizures and losing consciousness.

“You’re basically playing Russian roulette with these chemicals,” explained Gary Boggs, a special agent at the DEA, to ABC News. “Hallucination, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure … these chemicals appear to bind to certain parts of the brain, so the potential for long-term effects are very deadly.”

2 Comments

  • Monex says:

    You may have heard it called pot weed grass ganja or skunk but marijuana by any other name is still a drug that affects the brain. That means marijuana grown in a place like Hawaii might be chemically stronger than the marijuana in Mexico or vice versa.Marijuana Invades the BrainHow do the chemicals in marijuana change the way a person sees hears smells tastes and feels things?When someone uses marijuana these chemicals travel through the bloodstream and quickly attach to special places on the brains nerve cells.

  • k2 herb says:

    They have been trying to ban this k2 incense stuff for at least a year and the effort is an utter failure, surprise surprise! Herbal incense itself isn’t being banned. Select chemicals that have been found in some of the products are being banned. So all that is happening is the manufacturers of K2 herb products are tweaking the formula to keep their product legal. There are loads of places still offering legal k2 smoke products, like k2incense. org I say put age restrictions on it and regulate it, otherwise we’re just dumping more time and money, that we don’t have, into a failed prohibition.

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