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Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

People often call it by brand names: K2, Spice, or A-Bomb. It’s generically referred to as herbal incense, or sometimes, sythentic marijuana or synthetic cannabis. While it is true that the demand for these products arises from the demand for a legal alternative to cannabis, these technically illegal smoking blends (and they are illegal under […]

Legal Highs: One of Prohibition’s Deadly Consequences

Legal Highs: One of Prohibition’s Deadly Consequences

Nearly a century ago, politicians here in the United States learned the hard way that making something illegal will in no way undermine the market for said illegal item. In fact, once alcohol had been made illegal, there is little documentation that either supply or demand decreased. Instead, supply became more dangerous (run by organized […]

The First Time I Smoked K2 Spice I Thought I Was Going To Die

The First Time I Smoked K2 Spice I Thought I Was Going To Die

I have seen a definitive increase in the number of stories in the mainstream media in the last few months about people using synthetic marijuana and experiencing frightening and sometimes fatal reactions. This week it was reported that three people in Colorado died recently after smoking synthetic marijuana, and up to 75 hospitalizations have been […]

The Origins of K2 “Spice” Synthetic Cannabis And Why It Is So Dangerous

The Origins of K2 “Spice” Synthetic Cannabis And Why It Is So Dangerous

Its street names, appearing first in Europe around 2004 and in subsequent years on the streets of the United States, evoke cosmic experiences in far-off places: “K2” references the world’s second-highest mountain without any hint of the tranquility in the name of its taller neighbor, Everest; “Spice” alludes to the sci-fi novel Dune with its compelling descriptions […]

It’s Time To Legalize All Drugs, Not Just Marijuana

It’s Time To Legalize All Drugs, Not Just Marijuana

PHOTO: Aftermath of an alcohol-prohibition era mob hit in Los Angeles, circa 1933. For the first time, the majority of Americans believe marijuana should be legal. In fact, it has not only just become a majority belief, it’s become trendy to talk about—marijuana legalization is probably the only topic that can really bridge the conservative-liberal […]