All it takes is one hit to kill. Synthetic marijuana, with catchy names like Spice, K2, Scooby Snax and Mr. Smiley, is prevalent in Milwaukee, WI. Doctors call it a "killer." This synthetic form of marijuana has gained popularity among young adults despite being deadly and taking many victims
This marijuana consists of a blend of dried, shredded herbs or plants that is sprayed with chemicals and sold in bright, colorful packaging or advertised as incense in silver packets resembling potpourri – all designed to deceive and entice. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has identified over 27 different compounds in this type of marijuana that are on its controlled substance list. The inconsistency of what's inside Spice packages makes it difficult for law enforcement to pin down, and presents a problem for emergency medics to treat.
Spice has no known health benefits and has a high potential for abuse. Studies show that easy access, and the undetectable nature of the ingredients used in Spice, help to maintain the drug's popularity. For some, the false advertising that Spice is a natural product helps to maintain its popularity. This misconception that because it is natural, it is also safe, is a dangerous ruse that has proven fatal for some first time users.
According to Chris Hoyt, an assistant professor at Colorado School of Medicine, who treated more than 100 patients at the University's hospital for abuse of synthetic marijuana, the reactions are varied. Some had irregular heartbeat, uncontrollable vomiting, stomach pain, severe anxiety, agitation and low blood pressure. This inconsistency, Hoyt said, points to the variable nature of the drug.
Other dangerous side effects may include: body spasms, delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, seizures, coma and even permanent brain damage. Some other names attributed to this synthetic drug are: Black Mamba, Skunk, Bombay Blue, Blaze, Bliss, Dawn, Genie and Mr. Nice Guy.
If you or a loved one have fallen prey to this dangerous and deadly form of marijuana, Drug Treatment Centers Milwaukee can help. Call the 24 hour helpline at 414-921-7038 today.