K2 or “Spice” is a mixture of herbs and spices that is typically sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredients in marijuana. The chemical compounds typically include HU-210, HU-211, JWH-018, and JWH-073. K2 is commonly purchased in head shops, tobacco shops, various retail outlets, and over the Internet. It is often marketed as incense or “fake weed.” Purchasing over the Internet can be dangerous because it is not usually known where the products come from or what amount of chemical is on the organic material.
Bilss, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Genie, Spice, Zohai
K2 is typically sold in small, silvery plastic bags of dried leaves and marketed as incense that can be smoked. It is said to resemble potpourri.
Methods of abuse:
K2 products are usually smoked in joints or pipes, but some users make it into a tea.
Effect on body:
Physiological effects of K2 include increased heart rate and increase of blood pressure. It appears to be stored in the body for long periods of time, and therefore the long-term effects on humans are not fully known.
Effect on mind:
Psychological effects are similar to those of marijuana and include paranoia, panic attacks, and giddiness.
Drugs causing similar effects:
There have been no reported deaths by overdose.