K2, Spice and The Secret Ingredient, JWH018

There is a new way substance abusers are trying to get around those pre-employment and random drug tests.  They are inhaling incense (such as “Spice”), ingesting herbs and plant products, and smoking fake marijuana called K2.  Sound innocent?  Wait until you learn about JWH018, a synthetic cannabinoid.

 K2, Spice and other “fake marijuana” products made their entrance as a legal substitute for marijuana around 2004.  It is generally sold at head shops and on the internet, easily accessible by anyone, even teens.  What many don’t know is that these alternate products are coated with a man-made toxic substance, JWH018.  JWH018 is an analgesic chemical that produces effects similar to THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes a person “high”.  However, JWH018 is 3 to 5 times more potent than THC.

 Though these products are currently legal in the U.S., the Drug Enforcement Administration has labeled them as “a drug and chemical of concern.”.   With symptoms such as:

  •  Increased heart rate and/or blood pressure
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Agitation
  • Vomiting
  • Occasional psychotic episodes

 parents, employers, schools and communities should be worried.  Just because something is legal does not mean it is safe.

 JWH018 does not show up in standard drug tests, and users know this.  Ingesting this herbal blend is becoming a sport for those who previously made a game of attempting to adulterate specimens or gauge their timing before their drug test to avoid showing up positive.

 ExperTox now offers a test for JWH018.  Urine is the only specimen that can be tested at this time, and the results will reflect “Detected” or “Not Detected” versus reference ranges.

 It’s not the ‘60s anymore, yet “incense” has made a comeback – beware.

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4 Responses to “K2, Spice and The Secret Ingredient, JWH018”


  1. 1 sepTIC April 3, 2010 at 12:53 am

    As far as scientific evidence goes, I believe the toxicity of JWH-018 is unknow. Additionally there have not been any deaths attributed to JWH-018 yet.

  2. 2 CommonSense2010 September 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Agreed, put man-made chemicals into your body can be dangerous. However, something like 68% of all processed food we buy and consume have chemicals known to potentially cause cancer. Inhalation of any type of smoke is dangerous. I think it is pretty safe to assume most cognitive adults (and i’m grouping here) know that inhaling smoke can be dangerous. Here’s common sense, if a person does something knowing that it either is or can potentially be harmful, that is on them.

    Just because some people enjoy doing something with possible risk, should we make a law or ban it? If so, then lets start where it’ll hurt us the most, lets ban the use of any vehicle that pollutes, could cause bodily harm to someone, causes laziness and as result obesity. Lets ban all food that is not natural. perparation of food must be rigidly controlled (no cooking with grease, it’s unhealthy). Don’t forget most brand name personal hygiene products, alcohol, tobacco, wood stoves, barbque grills, firearms, etc.

    I may be a little extreme in the above paragraph, but it suits my point. Here a big issue, “The War on Drugs”. Start by taking this war where it should be focused, big pharma. Drug companies produce tons of new drugs every year, these drugs have a plethora of side effects that are harmful. Whats worse, they will develop a drug, and then coin a condition with a new name disease the drug “fixes”. Even worse still, these companies are more concerned about making a buck than the people they are selling to. Point of fact, Baxtor Corporation resurrected the 1918 Spanish influenza from exhumed bodies by searching through DNA. This virus is known as H1N1 aka swine flu. In otherwords, the outbreak was cause because of Baxtor. While test the virus in pigs it made the leap to humans (hence why it was called “swine flu”). It should have been called the Baxtor flu. Here’s the kicker, Baxtor filed the patent on H1N1 a full month before first reported human case. Since they own the patent, they made money off each immunization they sold, on an outbreak they created. They should have been held sociable responsible.

    Why not focus your concerns on the people and items that are actually killing and harming people, then those that people are choosing to use recreationally on their own

  3. 3 Robert Murphy November 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I would just like to put my experiences with this product out there. I have been using Marijuana for many many years now although this product Is similar to the effects of weed it is not the same. People need to understand that like any substance (caffeine, food, alcohol,…..) If abused or mis understood/misused can have adverse potentially life threatening side effects. Always know what you are doing and use in moderation or it can be harmful
    in some way..Duh! rather than try to make every substance on the planet Illegal and put Innocent Americans in jail because the government cant respect peoples privacy (that is supposed to be protected by our Constitution)that is wrong. Some day if we continue this way we could be put in jail for coffee or a hamburger, why not they can kill you. Basically what I’m saying is if you don’t know what you are doing dont use this product and if you do the research use caution. The truth is that this substance if properly used can have the same Positive medicinal benefits of Medical Marijuana. I personally think that this has the potential of being a better option than Marijuana for many reasons. One, it is cheaper(compared to the balloned value of Marijuana). second, there are different types of this substance that effect the body/mind in different ways due to the selective affinity to the cannabinoid receptors depending on the chemical. which means it could have many medicinal values. Third, to get the desired effect you dont have to smoke it. It can be effectivly and safely broken down into liquid form using grain alcohol (95%/v edible corn alcohol), and applied to food or your favorite drink. You just need to calculate the mixture to be able to understand the dosage. IE: 1g added to 100ml or 3.39 ounces of grain alcohol = 10mg/ml. Smoking this substance is effective but not recomended, due to the fact that you are changing the chemical composition and possibly introducing unwanted chemicals and carcinogens. not to mention is much harder to get an accurate dose due to the fact that it is active smoked at only .5mg and to accurately measure that size of dose you need a super expensive scale. cheap scales are not the way to go due to accuracy in small doses. When taking orally an effective dose of 018 is around 10mg but is imperative to dilute in grain alcohol (using other solvent can pose a danger including rubbing alcohol DANGEROUS!)Grain alcohol is the same as potent vodka, edible but use responsibly. And just add to a drink or food like you would hash or Marijuana extracts, It takes more than smoking but has less side effects. Smoked dose equals 1-4mg “good luck measuring that” or Orally dose equals 10-20mg diluted in alcohol 1g+100ml=10mg/ml so the dose should be measured at 1-2ml. You can get a ml measuring dropper usually from any pharmacy for free or very cheap just ask the pharmacist. That is the safest way to effectively use and measure this substance safely with no known side effects different than Marijuana IE: red eyes, munchies, short term memory, and possible anxiety. Everyone needs to understand that its not the substance that is harmful, Its the person using it. just like a gun. not everyone should have one due to mental problems, stupidity, or lack of knowledge. becaus you may harm yourself or others. But educated sane people should be allowed if they know what they are doing. I agree that like Marijuana, alcohol, cigg’s…… should be regulated in some sense to keep out of reach of children and young adults who are immature and don’t know what they are doing. but to others should be a right. how is this substance or Marijuana different or more harmful than Alcohol? other than the fact that more than likely you wont loose control and beat up your wife or children like you may on alcohol. To me its a little bit of an oxymoron to say that alcohol is safe but this or marijuana isn’t and people should go to jail for having it. That is just stupid propaganda made by stupid people, and supported by stupid people. Basically, this is a human rights problem no different than slavery or segregation. IE: you can become a prisoner for possession and forced to be locked up against your will. you must pass a drug test to be able to get most jobs, yet anyone who abuses alcohol is fine and those who take prescription drugs (even if that drug is similar in effects or worse physically addictive) those are ok, no matter the side effects(some deadly). Yet these are highly discriminated against. It makes sense to me “NOT”. But i guess we as a society will never be perfect. Anyone who believes that is not only stupid but a hypocrite. Lets free America again. Back to our original values. Stop turning innocent Americans into criminals. Stop privatizing prisons/jails, definitely don’t let judges benefit financially from convictions or owning a stake in a private jail. Free all Americans who are jailed for cannabinoid substances (jwh,Marijuana).”FREE AMERICA!”

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