Parents! BE ON ALERT! K2, SPICE, INCENSE BAD NEWS!
You may have heard about K2, SPICE, or INCENSE on the news lately . . .but I am here to tell you first hand this stuff is a killer and at the very least, a life changer. I couldn't understand why one of my relatives behavior and physical well being changed. . .DRASTICALLY. Usually very nice, she had become verbally vicious -yelling about everything and insignificant things and lying. She started throwing up every time she ate- and started to gain weight and complain of not feeling good. Her eyes looked funny. She started sleeping after every meal. Then the binging started. And the constant vomiting, coughing, and headaches. She began sleeping 14 hours at a stretch. And there was a strange smell coming from her room. When asked what she was burning in there -and we got the most ridiculous answers: "Candles", "Nothing!", "OMG! Strings off my pants!", "Paper". No one believed these flimsy excuses. This nice girl turned into an unrecognizable monster! And she started t gain weight. Her constant complaints of not feeling good warranted her to go to the doctor . . .but no matter how many times it was suggested . . .she said I can't go today.My son kept telling us she was burning something or smoking something in the room we let her stay in. I developed an irritating cough. She kept the door locked so it was hard to catch her in the act. Eventually though, I did. They roll this easy to buy at most convenience stores "incense" like they would marijuana. Before too long, I found little roaches or the ends of the joints she was smoking. By this time I had looked up the side effects of this very dangerous substance . . .and she had almost every single one of them! I was absolutely horrified to know that it caused violent behavior and physical illness. Psychosis, panic attacks. And she was psychotic enough to have lied about smoking this garbage in her room! We do not allow any smoking in our home. I have asthma and my son- home on college break has it really bad. And she was so stoned out on this stuff that she didn't even consider this! We laid down the law and told her we would just ask her to leave if she continued smoking this mislabled incense. She agreed not to smoke it anymore and swore she wasn't addicted. And I was born yesterday! I was left to watch her by myself while the rest of the family took a two week cross country trip. That is when things really got bad. She decided I was the weaker force in the family, and she got MEAN! I was actually afraid to be alone with her. I slept with one eye open . . if at all. I checked to make sure she was alive several times a night. She went to work, and I went into her room. I almost dropped to the floor when I saw the mess of vomit in the garbage . . .and the burned foil and paper and ashes all over the floor. I had her come to clean up the mess and tossed her out. I still couldn't sleep- thinking she was going to break in and hurt me for kicking her out. Or at the very least, damage the house.She eventually came back when the rest of the family returned . . .and she promised she had quit. And I believe she did for a few weeks. She was nicer, funny, healthier (no vomiting and/dry heaves. Her eyes were brighter. Last week she started showing signs of smoking it again. And yes- again she lit up in the house. And on the lanai. And we caught her red handed. The government and the state of FL are trying to ban this horrible killer (heart attacks with no underlying reason-other than that the young people who suffered these fatal attacks had all smoked K2.The companies that sell it lace this stuff with synthetic cannabis- and they are not detectable in drug tests. ONE HUNDRED and NINETY TWO are illegal in this stuff. What these young people are putting into their systems is anyone's guess. But to companies that manufacture this junk change the formula making it hard for law enforcement to bust these companies! They play a game and they KNOW IT! SERIOUS and HARD facts:Marketed under various names. They label the stuff with names like Spice, K2, Spice Gold, Spice Silver, Spice Diamond, Genie, Yucatan Fire, Bliss, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Zohai, Red MagicSpice, Dream, Blonde, Sky High, Smoke, Skunk, ZohaiOrange Dragon Smoke, and Dawn. Just to name "a few". Marketed as incense. Spice/K2 is a legal substance marketed since 2006 as a dried, herbal blend for use as incense. However, people are smoking the incense because it produces a high similar to marijuana, but of longer duration. The incense is sprayed with JWH-018, a synthetic THC, before it is packaged for sale. This spray is reportedly an "analgesic chemical which acts as a cannabinoid."More potent than marijuana. Depending on the synthetic compound used in a specific commercial brand, spice can be anywhere from 4 times to over 100 times more potent than marijuana (THC). And rumor has it is getting MUCH stronger than it was a couple of years ago! That comes from people who have smoked it since it hit the shelves. Not for human consumption. Spice is sold in smoke shops, head shops, discount cigarette shops drive through liquor stores and on line in a variety of colors/flavors-usually sold in foil packaging or in small glass containers. It is sold as incense and marked "not for human consumption". However that is the very fine print. The bold print is one of the names mentioned above. A package of spice can cost $25 to $50 depending on the brand.Significant health risks. Spice is causing a significant health risk. Spice/K2 is often contaminated with unidentified toxic substances which contribute to various adverse health effects (also cause hallucinogenic effects similar to effects of PCP. Symptoms/side-effects may include:mimics marijuana "high" (often induced more quickly/more intense than "real" marijuana)hallucinationsseizures/tremorscoma/unconsciousness/vomitingnumbness/tinglingincreased respiration rate elevated/ blood pressure (reported up to 200/100-medically dangerous)/elevated heart rate (reported up to rate of 150-medically dangerous)increased level of anxiety/agitation leading to panic attacks (possible suicide attempts)All effects of K2/Spice drugs may not be known for a very long time because of long time period that body stores them. Developed for research, never tested on humans. Spice/K2 was developed by Dr. John W. Huffman, a Clemson University professor, as part of research for the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) on endogenous cannabinoid receptors-but never tested on humans nor approved by the FDA. Dr. Huffman said in an interview to WebMD, "It is like Russian roulette to use these drugs. We don’t know a darn thing about them for real. It shouldn’t be out there."Not just smoked. Spice is most often smoked but can be mixed in with food or drink.State and International bans already in place. I implore you to be aware of this and the changes and side effects that occur if someone smokes it. If you suspect someone is . . .please intervene. There is help for people addicted to this. And it IS addictive! It has a floral/musk-like sent. I am also begging the people of FL and all states to help get this stuff off the shelves. I report it to the local sheriff's dept. if I see it being sold. And they do get busted! The bottom line: This stuff is readily available and it kills. As one 15-year-old girl who was addicted to it and suffered serious neurological side effects from it put it . . . "if you are in Drug Court or on probation and are smoking this stuff to beat the tests . . .you would be better off smoking the real stuff because a misdemeanor is better than being dead." Just for the record, I do NOT promote smoking Pot either! Spread the word, and never assume that everything is OK.Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/11/08/synthetic-drugs-show-deadly-side-effects/#ixzz22A2LBwrPA message from a very concerned resident of Manatee county's young people and ALL of the ones in the world smoking this evil substance.