Many of you have heard the terms “fake marijuana,” “K2,” and “Spice,” popping up in news stories lately. An Iowa teenager recently committed suicide after consuming this product. So what exactly is K2?


According to (Dr. Anthony) Scalzo, K2, an unregulated mixture of dried herbs, is growing in popularity because it is legal, purported to give a high similar to marijuana and believed to be natural and therefore safe.

“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,” said Scalzo, who also directs the Missouri Regional Poison Control Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

When you hear things like “sprayed with a potent psychotropic drug,” that’s a good indication that said product is not “natural.” And when you hear things like this, you also know the product is far from safe.

David Rozga, 18, smoked K2 on June 6 before he suffered a severe panic attack, told friends he was “going to hell,” then went home and shot and killed himself.

People like to say that K2 is “similar” to marijuana. Really? How many people have smoked some weed then went home and shot themselves?

As states rush to ban this substance, it’s very important to keep in mind that K2 is not marijuana. The symptoms associated with its use are far removed from what people experience when they use marijuana; the biggest difference of course being that people die as a direct result of consuming K2.

The media realizes that if they say people are smoking incense and dying, it’s not as sensational as saying they are smoking “fake weed,” and dying. It’s like someone drinking a bottle of rubbing alcohol and saying they got sick from drinking a few beers. Calling it “fake marijuana” doesn’t make it marijuana.

If you’re a kid and you’re thinking of trying K2 because it’s still legal to buy in your state, you’d be better off running the risk of buying real, illegal marijuana. Even if you get caught, you won’t die from inhaling a toxic substance or experience “hallucinations, severe agitation, elevated heart rate and blood pressure, vomiting and, in some cases, tremors and seizures,” like you do from K2. You’ll just be another statistic in The War on Drugs.

- Joe Klare

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Joe Klare has been writing about marijuana issues for the past 5 years online, in print and on air.