Synthetic cannabinoids might seem like a good idea for people who are trying to stay "sober" or trying to avoid getting dinged on a urine test. However, the sheer volume of stories about the negative side effects synthetic cannabinoids like spice or K2 should make even the most experienced person want to stay away at all costs. This drug is a synthetic blend of chemicals that are meant to mimic the effects of THC, but without the stigma.
Unfortunately, the effects of synthetic cannabinoids are far worse than any side effect that comes along with pot. If you're still on the fence about the validity of spice horror stories, here are some truly alarming ones.
On August 15, 2018, emergency responders were caught off guard when non-stop reports of adverse drug reactions started rolling in. In all, 72 people were treated for an overdose on K2. A majority of the cases came from New Haven Green, a large park downtown. Initially, officials believed the synthetic cannabis was laced with some type of opioid, so medics gave the victims Narcan, a substance that fights opioid overdoses; the DEA later tested the substance and discovered nothing was added to the K2.
Fortunately, none of the victims passed, but Rick Fontana, New Haven's director of emergency operations, said: "Two individuals had life-threatening symptoms, and the others had non-life-threatening symptoms." According to Fontana, symptoms included "vomiting, hallucinating, high blood pressure, shallow breathing, semi-conscious and unconscious states."
A Subway sandwich shop was left in disarray after a naked woman went on a rampage through the store. Not only did she break everything, but she sprayed a fire extinguisher all over the place too. Police believe this to be a spice-related reaction.
In 2013, a "bad batch" of Black Mamba (a version of K2) flooded the Denver market, sending dozens of users to the hospital. Some of the victims even ended up falling into comas. One nurse said of the incident: "I've been in emergency medicine for the last 11 years, and I've never seen a problem like this before."
In 2012, Jeffrey Reynolds was charged with feticide and attempted second-degree murder, after stabbing his wife and cutting out their unborn baby. He initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but changed his plea to no contest and admitted that he had been high on synthetic cannabinoids during the incident.
Reynolds said, "In an effort to not break the law by purchasing 'legal weed,' I was deceived or poisoned by a real company I easily found during a quick 'Google' search."