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What is this stuff they call legal marijuana or K-2?

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K-2, or spice, is marketed as an herbal substance. It can either be used as incense or smoked, and it remains legal in the United States. The product contains synthetic compounds (psychoactive substances) similar to THC. The psychoactive substances in K-2 bind very strongly to the CB-1 receptors in the brain but not so strongly to the CB-2 receptors, resulting in very accuentuated psychoactive effects. If a person would use this substance on a regular basis, then cumulative effects on the CB-l brain receptors could explain a personality change.

So far, serious drug reactions such as seratonin syndrome have not been reported, but K-2 abuse is on the rise.
   

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Between 2009 and 2010, synthetic marijuana peaked in popularity, but in 2012 the U.S. banned the sale of the substance on the federal level, which was followed shortly thereafter by a ban on the state level. Unfortunately, most manufacturers have found a way around the law by creating slight changes to the drug and more obviously by marking the packaging “not for human consumption.”


The danger of synthetic marijuana use is its affect on the brain and central nervous system. Similar to marijuana, synthetic marijuana connects to and blocks the cannabinoid receptors, however in synthetic marijuana the attachment is more secure and unpredictable. The inability to predict the outcome from abuse is a solid concern for health care professionals, who are understandably concerned too as to the long term effects of daily abuse.


Emergency room health professionals reported that individuals have been admitted with vomiting, impaired mobility and judgment, irregular heartbeat, confusion, slurred speech, aggressive and irrational behavior, delusion, loss of consciousness or a catatonic state.  


Unfortunately, the long term effects of Synthetic Marijuana have not been determined, but doctors speculate that any addiction would most likely be more psychological than physical because of the nature of the drug. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the uncertainty of the chemicals used in the drug, create a danger in the ability to treat individuals who are under the influence of the drug maintaining that the best recourse is to keep the individual clam and allow the drug to be naturally released from the body.


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