K2 is a combination of herbs mixed with a lab-produced strain of marijuana and is usually branded as incense. It is sold in packets of herbs at “head shops,” gas stations, convenience stores and online for about $30 – $40 per 3-gram bag. The drug also goes by Spice, Spice Gold, Spice Diamond, Yucatan Fire, Solar Flare, K2 Summit, Genie, PEP Spice, and Fire n Ice, according to the U.S. Drug Intelligence Center.
Unfortunately I’m hearing about many teens who smoke this as a synthetic form of marijuana. It is legal still in most states, although many legislators are working to get it banned. It was a growing trend in 2010, as the American Association of Poison Control Centers received 2,000 reports of people who became sick after smoking K2, compared with only a dozen in 2009.
It can cause panic attacks, racing heart beats, hallucinations and has other scary side-effects. Wanted to post about it so our readers can hear about it here first. Please, talk to your kids about the dangers of some of the dangerous over the counter synthetic drugs that are out there.