K2, also know as “Spice”, is a combination of herbs mixed with a lab-produced strain of marijuana is usually marketed as incense or bath salts. K2 originated at Clemson University, where researchers developed synthetic cannabinoids in an effort to create therapeutic drugs. But the cannabinoids also have the same effects as THC, the key ingredient in marijuana. Since K2 is largely created by individual sellers, it’s unknown what else could be added.
K2 and “Spice” are often marketed as incense and sold in packets of herbs that are laced (often sprayed) with synthetic marijuana at “head shops” and online. The drug also goes by other names, including Spice Gold, Spice Diamond, Yucatan Fire, Solar Flare, Genie, PEP Spice and Fire n’ Ice, according to the U.S. Drug Intelligence Center.
K2 was never intended for human consumptions and have not had any studys done on human, so the effect could mean bad news. There have been many previous reports of young people going to the emergency room because of agitation, anxiety, racing heartbeat and elevated blood pressure. Recently, 3 Dallas Texas teens suffered heart attacks and were admitted to the hospital. The report stated they all three have been consuming K2. This is just one of many reports on the bad effects of smoking K2. Since the synthetic marijuana has been available there has been hundreds of emergency room visits and calls to the poison control center regarding K2. By mid 2010, there were over 570 calls to the poison control, in which there was only a mere 13 calls all 2009.
Already illegal in Britain, Germany, Poland and France, K2 is slowly being banned in states across the U.S. But even if you can’t buy it at a head shop in certain states anymore, it’s widely available on the Internet — which seems to be where K2 rose to popularity in the first place. For $35, users can buy 3 grams of K2 “incense” with nothing more than a credit card or PayPal account. “The temporary scheduling action will remain in effect for at least one year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services further study whether these chemicals should be permanently controlled,” a DEA statement said.