Bad Trips On K2 Prompt 911 Calls
Man-made marijuana known as K2, cleverly marketed as “incense,” led to a bad trip for several Denton teenagers. One young woman reported having seizures and blacking out.
(In the photo, that’s K2 Summit on the left, K2 Blonde at top, and the real stuff at bottom)
Fort Worth Weekly’s recent cover story (“The Real Deal On Fake Dope,” March 24, 2010) looked at the rise of K2 as a popular buzz of choice.
The Weekly staff had a K2 smoke-out after work one night to see if the stuff was any good. Most people weren’t enthusiastic but at least nobody had seizures or blackouts…that I can recall.
Here’s my report:
I’m high as I write this. Kind of. Not really. Or am I?
If you have to think about whether you’re stoned, then you’re probably not.
Others around me, however, are reporting good buzzes.
“This stuff creeps up on you,” said Andy, who might otherwise be scornfully labeled a “Bogart” had his valiant hogging of the joint not been done in the name of science.
“I’m trying to type and I can’t concentrate,” Marley said, smiling and clearly pleased with this realization.
About a half-dozen dedicated employees at Fort Worth Weekly bravely volunteered to work overtime one evening and gather in a circle to smoke K2. None of us have ever tried it, and only or two have heard of it.
(Names have been changed to protect the not so innocent).
We start with a hand-rolled joint of “Blonde.” A local smoke shop charged $41.99 for 3 grams, which makes for about six medium-sized joints. We’ve been told that Blonde is a chill version of K2.
“It smells like catnip,” Andy says before we light up.
K2 is easy to roll. No stems or seeds. Packs nicely. Burns well. But it resembles swag gone bad (ie: cheap weed that’s gotten a bit moldy).
After it’s lit, the descriptions of the smell change to “woodsy,” funky,” cigar-ish,” “incense,” and “like a clove cigarette.”
Everyone gets a few hits, and we report our findings.
“It’s relaxing my brain; I’m not thinking any great thoughts or creative things, but my mind feels relaxed,” Fred said.
“Actually, I’m pretty impressed with it,” Jedediah said. “It’s like cush (high-grade marijuana).”
Others weren’t as taken.
“I feel something, but not like good pot,” MC Puffy said.
We roll up another joint as more scientists gather around, although Jedediah excuses himself.
“I’m stoned,” he said.
After our second taste of “Blonde,” we roll up a joint of “Summit” ($48.99 for 3 grams). This stuff has been billed in advance as more potent and intense than “Blonde.” It’s redder in color and tastes even more flowery. But it’s not as well received. Some people even complain that it ruined their Blonde high.
So we roll another Blonde and smoke it.
“That’s better,” Andy said. “I’m all talkative and goofy now.”
After about 30 minutes, a couple of people report still having decent buzzes; others say their stoned feeling has faded to almost nothing. Two report slight headaches and no more buzz at all. Everybody prefers real pot to K2.
Overall summary: K2 is kind of cool because it’s readily available, legal, and not detected in drug tests. But it’s kind of like buying a plastic plant for the house – it looks kind of real and it’s convenient because you don’t have to water it. But it’s still a fake plant that’s easily spotted across the room.