State of Texas as well as federal officials are taking regulatory action against a popular synthetic drug called “spice” or “K2″.
The Washington State Department of Health stated that the drug, also known as K2 among other names, is a type of synthetic cannabis or THC. The drug, which contains cannabinoids similar to THC is manufactured in a lab and then is sprayed onto a plant-type incense.
The product experienced a recent surge in popularity with younger adults and adolecents. They can buy the incense legally as it is marketed as natural incense “not for human consumption.” It sells in small packages for as much as $30.00 per quarter ounce in most headshops, convenience stores and online.
The Galveston Daily News in Texas noted sales have skyrocketed because it is widely available and does not show up in drug tests. Toxicologists can not yet identify the various chemicals in different brands.
Side effects from the use of K2 often include agitation, anxiety, vomiting, elevated blood pressure, seizures and hallucinations. Authorities say that there have been case reports of psychotic episodes, withdrawal and dependence. Poison Control Centers around the nation have reported receiving more than 1,550 calls related to products containing the drugs.
The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration recently placed a ban on five of the chemical precursors usedto make the product. The ban, which took effect on Dec. 24, is to last 12 months while the agency studies whether a more permanent ban should be put in place.
All stores and websites must stop selling the incense if it contains any of the five chemical compounds.
Origins has seen an increase in the amount of clients admitting to treatment for K2 use and abuse. The course of treatment is similar to that of cannabis dependence. For information regarding being treated for problems with K2, contact Admissions at 800-U-GET-WELL.