K2 is a mixture of herbal and spice plant products, but it is sprayed with a potent psychotropic drug (JWH-018 or
synthetic THC) and likely contaminated with an unknown toxic substance.

K2 compound was first created in the mid-1990s in the lab of organic chemist John W. Huffman of Clemson University, who studies cannabinoid receptors. K2 has an affinity for the cannabinoid brain receptor (CB1) that’s about 10 times greater than THC.

K2 has been sold since 2006 as incense or potpourri for about $30 to $40 per three gram bag

Appearance: K2 is similar in appearance to Marijuana and is typically smoked using the same paraphernalia as Marijuana.

A urine drug screen will not detect K2.

Effects: Since JWH-018 or K2 acts like marijuana, you’d expect to see the same effects, including sleepiness, relaxation, reduced blood pressure, and at high doses hallucinations and delusions. Some patients between the ages of 14 and 21 are experiencing hallucinations, increased agitation, elevated blood pressure and heart rates, not consistent with marijuana.

Side effects include: Further testing is needed, but the symptoms, such as fast heart beat, dangerously elevated blood pressure, pale skin and vomiting suggest that K2 is affecting the cardiovascular system. It also is believed to affect the central nervous system, causing severe, potentially life-threatening hallucinations and, in some cases, seizures.

Long term effects: There is not enough scientific research or data on K2 to establish long term effects at this time.

Slang Terms: Spice Gold, Herbal Incense