Friday, May 18, 2012
The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana
Synthetic marijuana sold at gas stations under such names as K-2 and Spice are advertised as a legal way to get a herbal high. However, these “herbs” are made with synthetic chemicals that are sprayed onto dry herbs and plants in an attempt to mimic the appearance of marijuana. Professor Tod Burke, a professor of criminal justice at Radford University, these chemicals are more potent than THC and can lead to loss of consciousness, paranoia, and psychotic episodes. Twenty states have imposed bans on the substance and legislation is pending in an additional 37 states.