Social Action Update: Drug References – K2, Spice
Brothers, there is a resurgent drug epidemic that is impacting our communities. Many of us that are around ‘the younger generation’ with younger neighbors, Sigma Beta Club members, family and others it’s important that we are aware of the current drug references and usage. As we interact with the youth in our lives, we can go into the engagement empowered with this knowledge. This Code Blue Alert is to inform and enlighten our Brothers about the risks of synthetic marijuana. In many states that comprise the Eastern Region, synthetic marijuana can easily be found in gas stations, convenience stores, neighborhood markets and bodegas.
What are the street names/slang terms?
The most common names for synthetic marijuana are K2 and Spice, but it is also sold as Bliss, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Blaze, Genie, Spice, Zohai, JWH -018, -073, -250, Yucatan Fire, Potpourri, Skunk and Moon Rocks.
What is synthetic marijuana?
K2 or Spice is a mixture of herbs, spices or shredded plant material that is typically sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
What does it look like?
K2 is typically sold in small, silvery plastic bags of dried leaves and marketed as incense that can be smoked. It is said to resemble potpourri.
How is it used?
K2 products are usually smoked in joints or pipes, but some users make it into a tea.
What are its short term effects?
Short term effects include loss of control, lack of pain response, increased agitation, pale skin, seizures, vomiting, profuse sweating, uncontrolled / spastic body movements, elevated blood pressure, heart rate and palpitations. The onset of this drug is 3-5 minutes, and the duration of the high is 1-8 hours.
In addition to physical signs of use, users may experience: dysphoria, severe paranoia, delusions, hallucinations and increased agitation.
What are its long term effects?
What is its federal classification?
On March 1, 2011, DEA published a final order in the Federal Register temporarily placing five synthetic cannabinoids into Schedule I of the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). As a result of this order, the full effect of the CSA and its implementing regulations including criminal, civil and administrative penalties, sanctions, and regulatory controls of Schedule I substances will be imposed on the manufacture, distribution, possession, importation and exportation of these synthetic cannabinoids.
Source: Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Institute on Drug Abuse, American Association of Poison Control Centers
Eastern Regional Director of Social Action