Parent Alert: Teen’s Smoking K2, Synthetic Marijuana

K2 is a combination of herbs mixed with a lab-produced strain of marijuana and is usually branded as incense. It is sold in packets of herbs at “head shops,” gas stations, convenience stores and online for about $30 – $40 per 3-gram bag. The drug also goes by Spice, Spice Gold, Spice Diamond, Yucatan Fire, Solar Flare, K2 Summit, Genie, PEP Spice, and Fire n Ice, according to the U.S. Drug Intelligence Center.

Unfortunately I’m hearing about many teens who smoke this as a synthetic form of marijuana. It is legal still in most states, although many legislators are working to get it banned. It was a growing trend in 2010, as the American Association of Poison Control Centers received 2,000 reports of people who became sick after smoking K2, compared with only a dozen in 2009.

It can cause panic attacks, racing heart beats, hallucinations and has other scary side-effects. Wanted to post about it so our readers can hear about it here first. Please, talk to your kids about the dangers of some of the dangerous over the counter synthetic drugs that are out there.

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2 Responses to “Parent Alert: Teen’s Smoking K2, Synthetic Marijuana”

  1. Michael Nutting
    February 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    A couple others are called: Peace Out, Red Magic, Mystyr…

    They are made out to be incredibly bad substances to smoke, but the truth of the matter is it really depends on the person ingesting the substance. I know some kids who have had serious freak-outs from smoking K2, but then I know some kids who simply get high.

    A few things to note about these synthetic herbs though: Being synthetic, they are worse for you than organic Marijuana, they are usually much more expensive than standard herb, and it’s impossible to keep up with what brand is what as these drug companies are constantly changing ingredients to try and stay ahead of the FDA.

    Suggestion: If someone absolutely has to smoke, they’d be better of smoking pot, not these dirty, unidentifiable substances.

  2. Cheryl Hanson
    March 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    Smoking of any kind, is very hard to quit. I believe that the new substances are a wake up call for parents, teachers and any one who deals with young, and very impressionable young adults and teens. If you have a young person in your family, you may need to repeat, and confirm that they understand how deadly this kind of behavior really is.

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