USA Mobile Drug Testing offers drug testing to detect synthetic marijuana commonly called K2 and Spice, but it is also sold as Bliss, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Blaze, Genie, Spice, Zohai, JWH -018, -073, -250, Yucatan Fire, Skunk and Moon Rocks.
What is synthetic marijuana, spice and k2?
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. These compounds are made from fertilizer from China, mixed with lettuce leaves. The drug, five times more powerful than marijuana, causes agitation, confusion, hallucinations, vomiting and, in some cases, heart attacks and even comas.
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?
Unknown – these compounds have not been around long enough for the long term effects to be studied.
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 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.
States, cities and counties have outlawed various synthetic marijuana products. There are problems because every time the DEA labels a chemical compound in spice an illegal controlled substance, the manufacturers in China replace it with another compound that is equally as harmful. Authorities also have to prove that it was sold with the intent to consume it, which is difficult because the drug is labeled “potpourri” with a “not for human consumption” sticker.
In addition to being available at gas stations and smoke shops, spice can be easily be bought online. The drug, which is illegal in Britain, Germany, Poland and France, can be bought in the US -- $35 for three grams -- with nothing more than a PayPal account or credit card online.
White House officials has been working over the past 24 months with Federal, Congressional, State, local, and non-governmental partners to put policies and legislation in place to combat the threats of synthetic marijuana, and to educate people about the tremendous health risk posed by these substances. USA Mobile Drug Testing supports all efforts to eliminate synthetic marijuana from our society.