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Teens Passing the ‘Fake Pot,’ For Real Marijuana


Teens are opting to smoke natural marijuana instead of the synthetic “fake pot” that goes by the names of K2, Spice, No More Mr. Nice Guy, and so on.

USA Today reported in a survey that high school seniors who said they smoked synthetic drugs such as K2 and Spice dropped from 11 percent in 2012 to 8 percent in 2013.

The survey was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan and was supported by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse; more than 40,000 students in middle and high school participated.

Synthetic or fake pot may have appeared in the United States around 2009 and has been marketed as a “legal high” according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers website. Fake pot is very different from real marijuana in that it contains powerful chemicals called cannabimimetics, basically dried plant material is sprayed with these chemicals and packaged to look like the real deal.  After a spike in emergency rooms visits and deaths, in 2011 the Drug Enforcement Agency banned some of the chemicals used to make fake pot, but the manufacturers just use different powerful substances.

Thus users don’t know for sure what they are getting since the ingredients varies; in early 2013, federal health officials discovered that two new types of fake pot had sickened more than 200 people in a month in Colorado according to Global News Update.

However, the use of natural marijuana is going up, according to one of the investigators, fewer teens see the drug as risky, and thus this perception may increase usage.

“Young people are getting the wrong message from the medical marijuana and legalization campaigns. If it’s continued to be talked about as a benign substance that has no ill effects, we’re doing a great disservice to young people in giving them that message,” Gil Kerlikowske, director of National Drug Control Policy, told USA Today.

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3 thoughts on “Teens Passing the ‘Fake Pot,’ For Real Marijuana

  1. the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    when i first smoke my junior year it was illegal everywhere….spent our senior year rocking the vote in cali for marijuana legalization in ’96….from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%…

    20 years behind us Georgia, sad and scary…nobody denies freedom like the south, nobody


  2. Brian Kelly B Bizzle says:

    Bear in mind that this so-called "study" was conducted and so-called "statistics" were obtained during a time of national marijuana prohibition, and is therefore all the more reason to Legalize, Tax, and Regulate Marijuana Nationwide!

    What message are we send sending our children when it is easier for them to obtain marijuana now with it being illegal than it is for them to buy alcohol?

    It doesn't take the intellect of a genius to understand that stores card kids for I.D..Thugs and gang members do not. They also push the real hard drugs on children. Stores do not.

    Marijuana legalization will make it harder for children to obtain it.

    What message does it send our children when the President of The United States himself alongside a long list of successful people openly admit regular pot use at one time or another in their lives?

    While we tell our kids how it will ruin their futures, and then ensure so, by allowing our government to to jail our children and give them permanent criminal records when they get caught with a little Marijuana? Especially if they are the wrong skin color or from the "wrong neighborhood". Which in turn, ruins their chances of employment for life.

    The Prohibition of Marijuana is the wrong message to send our children while we advertise and promote the much more dangerous use of alcohol like it's an all American pastime.

    The worst thing about marijuana and our children is what happens to them when they get caught up in the criminal justice system due to it's prohibition. .

    Protect our Children! Through the Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Nationwide!

  3. I think there is some confusion; the study looks at "fake pot" also known as K2, teens are seeing it as being more dangerous than natural marijuana.

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