K2: What Is It, and What’s the Hype?

K2 Drug Testing ARCpoint Labs of Worcester

The K2 package says that it is herbal incense. Do not consume is clearly stated on the package. Before becoming illegal, K2 was sold in smoke shops and online, but not to be used as synthetic marijuana.

The use of K2 was so high that The Synthetic Drug Prevention Act of 2012 banned sales of K2 and five chemicals that are used to make it: JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47, 496 and cannabicyclohexanol. JWH stands for John W. Huffman, the chemist who created the herbal incense. He claims that these chemicals were primarily used as research tools.

So, why is it a recreational drug, and what caused it to become illegal?

K2’s compound is similar in structure and function to tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana.

“You can get very high on it. It’s about 10 times more active than THC (tetrahydrocannabinol),” said its creator, organic chemist John W. Huffman of Clemson University, in an interview with LiveScience.

The effects of THC can be tiredness, relaxation and reduced blood pressure. When smoked at high doses, the individual experiences hallucinations, increased blood pressure and rapid heart rate.

There are frightening reports of users who used K2 recreationally. According to K2info.org, there have been confirmed reports of hyperventilation, kidney failure, heart attack, nausea/vomiting, high rates of addiction, severe paranoia, and more.

Dr. Anthony Scalzo, professor of toxicology at St. Louis University, and J.W. Huffman both agree that the drug is dangerous, according to LiveScience.  Huffman also stated,

“It’s like playing Russian roulette. You don’t know what it’s going to do to you.” Huffman believes K2 was first smoked or used as a recreational drug somewhere in Europe.

Other names for K2 include Spice, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Genie and Zohai.

Unfortunately, we cannot stop the use of K2, although it has been made illegal. Luckily, ARCpoint labs of Worcester is now offering K2 testing, since standard drug tests do not detect synthetic drugs, such as K2. Please visit our website for more information on our K2 drug testing and any other drug testing services.

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  1. June 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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