Talk to any emergency room physician, and they’ll have stories about
young men coming into their hospital acting extremely violent and confused.
While many of these individuals had positive drug tests, the degree of
confusion and violence demonstrated was much greater than ER doctors would
After these patients were sedated for a few days, they began telling stories
about what led them to the hospital, and these stories all had a similar
thread: they all used synthetic marijuana. Despite the similar name, this
new designer drug is different from the marijuana that we’re all
Hospitals across the nation have seen a spike in patients suffering from
adverse side effects from synthetic marijuana. In April, 160 people visited
New York hospitals in a little over a week due to synthetic pot, and Alabama
public health officials said that nearly 100 people were hospitalized
due to synthetic marijuana between March and April, according to
U.S. News & World Report.
It Goes By Many Street Names, Including ‘Spice’ and ‘K2’
Synthetic marijuana is known by a dozen or so street names, including “Spice”
and “K2.” It can be purchased for as little as $5, and unlike
drugs such as cocaine or heroin, it’s not made out of just one chemical.
It can be made from as many as 100 different chemicals, mostly made in
China and Pacific Rim countries and sprayed onto dried, shredded plant
materials. All of the synthetic chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana
are illegal to possess, use and sell in the United States.
The attraction to
Spice or K2 is that it’s cheap, widely available and produces an intense high.
But the fact that it’s not real marijuana is what makes unsuspecting
users, many of whom are young, wrongfully believe that the drug is safe.
Spice users report the following adverse effects:
- Extreme anxiety
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Kidney failure
Since there’s no antidote to synthetic marijuana, doctors can only
treat the complications and hope the patient eventually makes it through
their acute confused state without causing too much harm to themselves
Can I get a DUI for synthetic marijuana?
Synthetic marijuana is criminalized under state and federal laws. Since
synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants are criminalized under the federal
Controlled Substances Act, an individual can be found guilty of driving under the influence of Spice.
So, the message that we’d like to leave about “K2” or
“Spice” is that it can lead to incarceration, a
DUI, or even death.
Arrested for a drug-related DUI? Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.for a free case evaluation with an Orange County DUI attorney!