Fake (But Legal) Marijuana Is Freaking The Kids Out

What's worse than America's youth getting stoned out of their gourds on illicit reefer? Kids hallucinating on legal but psychotropic fake weed. And you thought watching hours of Adult Swim and eating an entire box of Ho Hos was dangerous.

It's perfectly legal to buy fauxijuana "incense" blends (heck, you can do so over the internet), but according to Anthony Scalzo of Saint Louis University, smoking so-called "K2" blends can result in hallucinations and other unexpected, not-so-mellow reactions in its users:

K2 may be a mixture of herbal and spice plant products, but it is sprayed with a potent psychotropic drug and likely contaminated with an unknown toxic substance that is causing many adverse effects. These toxic chemicals are neither natural nor safe.

Sclazo further elaborates that usage of K2 may not necessarily be limited to Footloose-like towns that refuse to sell Steve Miller Band LPs:

K2 use is not limited to the Midwest; reports of its use are cropping up all over the country. I think K2 is likely a bigger problem than we're aware of at this time.

A couple things before we continue (I don't want to feel like I'm contributing to a totally unnecessary moral panic or giving bad ideas to more impressionable readers):

1.) If you're buying fake jazz cigarettes over the internet, you probably shouldn't.
2.) If you're smoking fake jazz cigarettes you bought over the internet, you definitely shouldn't.
3.) If a cooler, rebellious kid offers you a K2 doobie, just say no - he's neither cool nor rebellious. If he really had his shit together, he'd have hooked up with a halfway decent pot dealer by now.

In sum, if you have to resort to getting high from legal (albeit extremely psychotropic) herbs you bought from Amazon.com, you might as well be eating a bowlful of nutmeg (NOTE: please don't). Seriously, anti-drug advocates have a marketing coup on the K2 issue.

[via ScienceDaily]