K2 Can be Lethal

No, I’m not talking about K2 the mountain, I’m talking about K2 the synthetic cannabis also known as “Spice”.

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“Spice” is extremely difficult to trace in the system making it hard for authorities to know how many fatalities it has caused. Spice is essentially a mix of herbs and spices which have been treated with various chemicals. It’s the chemicals which, when heated and inhaled, cause the high that spice smokers are after. The problem is that you really don’t know which chemicals and how much which means that any puff could be your final breath or, if not, which puff is going to cause irreversible harm. Spice has been associated with myocardial infarction, vomiting, hallucinations, heart palpitations, hypertension, convulsions, blurred vision, seizures and heart attacks.

Spice is readily available online and in gas stations and head shops. It isn’t illegal to have and it isn’t illegal to sell. It’s almost impossible to regulate as well because if one chemical is banned and made illegal, those who make the stuff simply add a different chemical and go right back to selling it legally.

Please share this post with your kids and teenagers and let them know that just because it isn’t illegal doesn’t mean it is okay to do.