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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Image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_cannabis

“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.

 

 


Marijuana Consumption Doubles likelihood of collision

I can still remember what they used to say “I actually drive better when I’m high because I’m more focused” or something very like that. They were talking about how they drive while under the influence of cannabis.

A new study, published in the “British Medical Journal” (you can view the abstract on the BMJ website here), begs to differ.

In a study that encompasses almost 50,000 people and compromised 9 different studies, the conclusion reached is that consumption of marijuana doubles your likelihood of having a collision.

Strangely enough, this is the first study to isolate marijuana specifically; previous studies lumped marijuana in with alcohol and other drugs. This is significant because marijuana is currently the most popular drug being consumed with an increase of consumption showing up all around the world.

With many states cracking down harder on drunk drivers, the results of this study suggest that testing drivers for alcohol is probably not enough. If, as some studies suggest, 15% or more of drivers on the roads have consumed marijuana in the past 12 hours than simply targeting drivers who are under the influence of alcohol might be letting of a huge percentage of people who shouldn’t be on the roads either.