K2 or "Spice" (Synthetic Marijuana) is an illicit drug that is comprised of a mixture of herbs and spices, typically sprayed with a synthetic compound that is chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The most common chemical compounds of K2 include HU-210, HU-211, JWH-018, and JWH-073. K2 is often marketed in head shops, tobacco shops, or over the Internet as incense or "fake weed". Unknown product origin and amount of chemical compound in the organic material are just two of the many risks associated with K2/Spice.
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The Spice K2 drug is typically sold in small, silvery plastic bags of dried leaves and marketed as incense that can be smoked. It is said to resemble potpourri.
Methods of abuse
Spice is usually smoked in joints or pipes, but some users make it into a tea.
Effect on mind
Method of detection
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Psychological effects are similar to those of marijuana and include paranoia, panic attacks, and giddiness.
Effect on body
Physiological effects of K2 include hallucinations, severe agitation, dangerously elevated heart rate and blood pressure, increased respiration rate, panic attacks, dilated pupils, numbness/tingling, very pale skin, and vomiting. In some cases, tremors, seizures, coma/unconsciousness has been known to occur. K2 (Synthetic Marijuana) appears to be stored in the body for long periods of time, and therefore the long-term effects on humans are not fully known.
Drugs causing similar effects
There have been no reported deaths from overdose. Legal status in the United States On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, DEA published a final order in the Federal Register temporarily placing five synthetic cannabinoids into Schedule I of the CSA. The order became effective on March 1, 2011. The substances placed into Schedule I are 1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl) indole (JWH-018), 1-butyl-3-(1-naphthoyl) indole (JWH-073), 1-[2-(4 morpholinyl) ethyl]- 3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH-200), 5-(1,1-dimethylheptyl)-2-[(1R,3S)-3 hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (CP-47,497), and 5-(1,1-dimethyloctyl)-2- [(1R,3S)-3 hydroxycyclohexyl]-phenol (cannabicyclohexanol; CP-47,497 C8 homologue).
This action is based on a finding by the Administrator that the placement of these synthetic cannabinoids into Schedule I of the CSA is necessary to avoid an imminent hazard to the public safety.
As a result of this order, the full effect of the CSA and its implementing regulations including criminal, civil and administrative penalties, sanctions, and regulatory controls of Schedule I substances will be imposed on the manufacture, distribution, possession, importation, and exportation of these synthetic cannabinoids.
Common places of origin
Manufacturers of this product are not regulated and are often unknown since these products are purchased via the Internet whether wholesale or retail. Several websites that sell the product are based in China. Some products may contain an herb called damiana, which is native to Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
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