What is K2 Spice?
Synthetic cannabis (commonly known by the brand name K2 or Spice) is an herbal and chemical product that, when ingested, mimics the effects of THC or marijuana. Often marketed as 'herbal incense', synthetic cannabis was legal for many years. As of March 1, 2011, five synthetic cannabinoids are now illegal in the US because 'these substances have the potential to be extremely harmful, and thus threaten public safety.' However, the popularity of K2 Spice continues to grow rapidly because it is easily obtained, and is very potent even in small doses. Click here for Drug Testing Resources.
Is K2 Spice dangerous?
11,000 people went to the Emergency Room after smoking K2 Spice in 2011. The numbers for 2012 are
still being tallied, but are expected to be significantly higher. Although official studies have yet to be concluded, initial data shows a strong correlation between K2 Spice and recurrent psychotic
episodes. In addition to mental health issues, there have been many instances of harmful physical effects. Synthetic cannabis has been associated with heart attacks, convulsions, shortness of breath,
and vomiting. One preliminary study shows that, unlike traditional marijuana, K2 Spice is habit-forming and can
be as addictive as a narcotic. To see related VIDEOS and news ARTICLES click here.
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Did you know?
- According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance, as much as 38% to 50% of all workers comp claims are related to substance abuse.
- Approximately 80% of drug users steal from their workplaces to support their habits.
- Drug-using employees are four times more likely to be involved in workplace accidents and five times more likely to file a workers comp claim.