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Synthetic Marijuana Sales Soar As Demand Rises

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Spice and K2 users are grabbing this product off the shelf so fast that some stores are claiming on Friday they pulled in $10,000 in Spice sales alone. This rise can be contributed to states rushing to have it banned and users rushing to hoard the product before it is banned in their area.

The number of states that have either banned synthetic pot or have lawmakers working on bans is increasing as Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed a state ban last week. Just as with alcohol and other items that have been prohibited by law in the past, are K2, Spice, and related substances going to go underground? Right now Spice and other K2 products can be legally purchased mainly online and and at head shops.

Capitol Hemp owner Adam Eidinger said that in the 18 months he has been stocking Spice, the demand has doubled every month and it is now making up a third of his revenue. If other Spice retailers are experiencing this same effect on their sales, what is going to happen when it becomes prohibited in every state?

The debate over the use of K2/Spice has been getting stronger as lawmakers react to not only the cries of their constituents, but to the lack of data or official studies on the effects of its use. Other than what is reported by retailers and Spice customers, there has been no official report on the number of its users.

There has been an increase in the number of calls to poison centers across the nation concerning Spice. Across 41 states the American Association of Poison Control Centers has logged over 500 cases of bad reaction to Spice for the first half of 2010 and only 13 cases for 2009.

The Arkansas Board of Health recently placed K2 and all of its derivatives on its banned substance list in an emergency order signed by Arkansas Governor Beebe. Kansas was the first state to outlaw the products in March 2010 followed by Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Arkansas.  Lawmakers are also working on bans in many other states.

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  • Gregory Gonzales

    I’d like to see some studies done on K2. The bad reactions I’ve heard of so far are increased heart rate, hallucinations, seizures and tremors – these are obviously terrible effects. Still, I’m not convinced that we can label K2 “dangerous” just yet. Have there been deaths? Fiendish addictions? K2 is definitely more harmful than marijuana, but reacting without thinking (what our lawmakers do when they ban a drug without looking at research) is ridiculous, especially with the revenues that are being made.
    Perhaps if marijuana were legalized, and employees didn’t have to worry about drug tests, no one would turn to potentially hazardous drugs. Marijuana in the workplace, for the most part, isn’t a problem. Hell, half of my coworkers tell me they work better high.
    However, K2 anywhere could potentially be an issue, without the proper research.

  • I have not read of any deaths attributed to K2, spice, or any variants of K2, and just like you, I have read of both negative and positive reaction to these substances from alleged users and various internet sources, but no official research materials. Most of the “dangers” or side effects reported, I noticed comes from poor knowledge of use. The “smoking” or “hits” are not controlled by the rule of “puff, wait 5 to 10 minutes” then repeat, rather they pass it around “hitting” it like a joint, or by smoking it like cigars and cigarettes. At least half of the information that I have reported is from researching the K2 articles that are out there and the comment sections where most alleged K2 users defend its use and some share their experiences both good and bad.

    The danger, it seems, lies in poor knowledge by the people using it and by the lawmakers banning it without proper research which appears to be contributing to its popularity.

  • Big Jo

    Most of the people that I have heard about having bad side effects, have smoked WAY too much.

    I recently read a comment by a guy who said he had a panic attack, started hallucinating and then had a seizure at the hospital..

    The kicker, you may be asking? He’d smoked an entire 3 gram bag to himself.

    Now Im not in here singing K2’s praises or anything, but I’ve tried it several times and got really -REALLY- ripped off of a 0.3g bowl. I didnt have an attack, I didnt hallucinate, and I didnt seize. My wife, off the same dose, got really really ripped, and then had a panic attack (from which I was easily able to talk her out of).

    My point is this stuff affects everyone differently. It is both un-natural and un-tested and NOT PATENTED. Which means anyone can slap a K2 sticker on a baggie and sell you whatever they want to.

    To all you adults out there that like to get high, and think you might like to try this stuff: I say do the research, find out about it for yourself, and if you still want to give it a go have at it. However you need to tread lightly, this stuff varies in potency and can get really intense really fast. That’s not to mention that so far anecdotal evidence suggest that it may also be dangerous.

    Personally I’d stick with cannabis, but thats dangerous too when you factor in drug dealers and cops both armed to the teeth..

    Be safe my friends.