Recently the Press & Argus ran an article on a dangerous product being sold and used in our community. K2, also known by a number of harmless names like LOL, OMG, IDK, spice and potpourri., is a synthetic form of marijuana- a synthetic "cannabinoid" to those who prefer the scientific reference. What this is is a herb-like substance that is sprayed with man-made chemicals. It is marketed as incense/potpourri. Even though it is labeled " not for human consumption," it is being smoked for the purpose of getting high. When smoked, K2 mimics a high similar to smoking marijuana. In larger doses it has hallucinogenic effects and has been linked to five deaths across the country. Severe side effects are common and include : migrane headaches, a rapid heart rate, changes in blood pressure, seizures, vomiting, hallucinations, agitation, aggression, anxiety, panic attacks, paranoia and depression leading to thoughts of suicide. K2 users have also reported addiction and withdrawl. K2 is available for purchase in some of our local gas stations and party stores and online.
The bottom line is K2 is extremely dangerous and is being used by many of our young adults. Knowledge is the best way to get the word out! Join Pinckney Community and The Pinckney Coalition to offer an educational forum on K2 at the Pinckney High School Auditorium Tuesday May 8 at 7 p.m.