Multiple stories from news outlets around the country have recently featured the synthetic marijuana drug known as K2 or Spice. Earlier this month NPR reported that 150 people got sick from various forms of the drug in Colorado.
Last year an investigation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at a series of health problems caused by the drug in Wyoming, including acute kidney injuries. Similar problems were found in multiple states.
These drugs are referred to as synthetic cannabinoids by the CDC, which says they by are designer drugs of abuse typically dissolved in a solvent, applied to dried plant material, and smoked as an alternative to marijuana. According to the report, they found varying chemicals contained in the samples and were unsure as to which one(s) were primarily responsible for the causing the illnesses.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) says that fake weed products are popular among young people and are second only to marijuana for illicit drug use among 12th-graders. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has placed synthetic marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance list, stating that the main active ingredients have a high potential for abuse and no medicinal value.
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