An imposter is running the streets in cities across America and around the world. It is utilizing aliases such as K2, Spice, Kush, and Scooby Snax. This imposter is not only dangerous but also deadly. The substance that I am referencing, many people are referring to as “fake weed” or “synthetic marijuana,” both of which are VERY wrong. This substance, which is giving cannabis a bad name and helping to keep prohibition at its stronghold, is NOTHING like cannabis.
This substance, which has caused dozens of deaths and thousands of ER visits and calls to the poison control center, is merely plant material sprayed with harmful chemicals. These chemicals are typically compounded to mimic the effects of natural cannabis on the endocannabinoid system. Unlike the natural plant, this sprayed substance can be fatal, even in small doses.
Other times, people looking to make a quick buck will merely spray with whatever they can, such as rat poison on dried plant material. This was seen earlier this year in Illinois and resulted in more than 160 people being sickened. For 4 individuals, it turned fatal.
Mid August 2018 in New Haven, Connecticut, 95 people were negatively affected by consuming such products, with physical symptoms including respiratory failure and loss of consciousness. The source of the product, who is believed to have caused these issues, has been found and faces up to 5 years in prison.
Local ambulances, hospitals, fire departments, and first responders are coordinating their efforts to handle the mass amount of calls related to “synthetic weed” overdoses. While there have been arrests in coordination with this issue, it is believed that there is still more synthetic product currently in the community. For this reason, the public health alert in New Haven will remain in effect.
Unfortunately, this is just one more reason why the federal prohibition of cannabis must come to an end. People should have legal, safe access to this miraculous non-fatal plant.Posted: Wednesday, October 10th, 10:00am 11 days ago
Ashley is a freelance cannabis writer and the co-owner of CannaLance. Her passion for sharing education and truth surrounding cannabis stems from a personal loss. Ashley has always had an elevated relationship with cannabis but it wasn't until 2015 that she turned that passion and relationship into a career as a cannabis writer.