The New High: A Hybrid Marijuana Up to 100 Times More Potent than the Real Thing


by Catherine Lewis

Sitcoms and Hollywood movies have often placed a comedic slant on smoking marijuana.  Usually the plot involves a stoner guy with a serious case of the munchies laughing hysterically at a cartoon rerun through a cloud of smoke.  But there is a new hybrid brand of marijuana that paints an entirely different picture.  It's called K2 or “Spice” and it's much more than “fake” weed.

A cannabinoid much more potent than marijuana

K2 is a synthetic cannabinoid and is completely legal in most states.  But unlike regular cannabis, many smokers who use it feel anything but mellow.  Users that show up in emergency rooms present an array of symptoms ranging from hallucinations to seizures. A number of them have GI upset, increased heart rate, hypertension and extreme agitation.  While smoking a lot of marijuana can cause similar symptoms, it's not very often pot smokers wind up in the emergency room.  Yet, there has been a consistent climb in the number of patients admitted into the ER with K2 overdose.

Easy accessibility

Part of the problem is that buying K2 is easy.  It can be bought over the internet or at any local head shop.  It's sold under the name Spice, Spice Gold, or Spice Diamond and costs about $30.  As with many of the new hybrid drugs, K2 is marketed as something totally innocuous.  In this case, K2 is sold as an incense or herbal mix and is not…

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