The direct answer is YES. Spice and a similar compound, K2, are commercial names for imitation marijuana marijuana that is being used across the United States by many of our teenagers and young adults. Spice or K2 is a synthetic cannabis drug that is psychoactive herb that mimics the effects of marijuana or cannabis.
These synthetic compounds, generically called designer drugs, were first seen for sale in the first part of the 2000 and were thought to be a harmless mixture of legal herbs, but further analysis showed that they were synthetic cannabinoids that have the same effects on the body as THC, the cannabinoid that causes the drug effect in marijuana.
Since there are presently no laws to make the sale of Spice and/or K2 illegal, the youth of America are using this window of legal opportunity to purchase and use a drug that is considered by professional as being more dangerous than marijuana.
The manufacturers of these drugs spice claim that they are a combination of medicinal herbs that are totally safe and legal. However, when professional chemical labs in Germany analyzed their products, they were unable to find the “fingerprint” molecules of the listed ingredients, but instead they speculated that these products were made form synthetic cannabinoid drugs. In fact, the chemical in Spice that causes the pot-like affects is about four to five times more potent than THC.
The products are being marketed as an “aromatic pot” or a nicotine-free pleasure smoke. It is being sold on-line and at head shops.
In 2009, the British government expressed concern on it rapid popularity and Germany, Austria and France have banned the sale of these substances.
In the United States, Spice is a banned substance, but K2 is still legal even though the Drug Enforcement Administration considers K2 a “drug of concern”, it is still being marketed on the Internet and in some head shops. Some states, Kansas and Kentucky, have introduced legislation and Health Department bans on K2 and other states are in the process of banning it as well, but it is still too easy for our minors to get access to the dangerous drug that is manufactured mainly in China and Korea.
Regarding whether parents should be concerned, the answer is definitely YES, since there are report of young people that have had untoward effects from this drug, including drug-induced psychotic episodes drug rehabs that have led to suicide in some cases.
We used to feel that if something was legal to sell, that the Food and Drug Administration would ensure the public that it was save, but we need to start relying on our own research before we jump to that conclusion.
Not only is it dangerous because of the side affects of drug, but it is obviously a poison to humans and will retard ones abilities to learn and remember what they have been studying, which is enough reason for parents to be highly concerned about its distribution to their children.