posted on Mar, 13 2012 @ 11:42 PM
I thought I would bring awareness of this, as I just learned of it. Stumbled across this
to outlaw the
synthetic drug "Spice," which is commonly sold in smoke shops and online.
Too many people are dying of this synthetic drug known as "Spice". Recently a young teen named Chase Burnett from Peachtree City, GA was found dead
early on a Sunday morning. It was said that he had smoked Spice and ended up drowning in his hot tub later. Health officials report the following
side effects of K2 or Spice:
Elevated blood pressure and heart rate
Extreme anxiety and paranoia
Although I have heard of this substance, I decided to look into it a little further upon learning of this unfortunate tragedy. Apparently Missouri
and Arkansas have already banned sales of the "synthetic cannabis." That term is a misnomer, as the main high-producing ingredients of Spice,
JWH-018 and others, are chemical compounds that activate the cannabinoid receptor system; But these chemicals were created for laboratory research and
work in a much different way than natural marijuana.
According to Jahan Marcu, one of a the few cannabinoid scientists in America based at Temple University in Philadelphia, "Humans should not be
smoking K2. The main reason is the animal data that is coming back is not that promising. There are a lot of JWH compounds and JWH is unique; it’s
very potent at low doses. What is a little scary is that around 10 mg per kilogram in rats there was some decreased breathing. We’re talking about 1
milligram per kilogram that was able to cause catalepsy in mice."
This was a very unnecessary death. Drugs like this should not be as accessible, or even out on the market at all. They have no medicinal benefit and
simply serve the purpose as a "legal high."