04/06/2012 - On March 28, 2012 NYSDOH Commissioner issued an order to prohibit the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana. Synthetic marijuana is a large family of chemically unrelated structures that are synthesized and marketed to mimic the action of THC, the primary psychoactive constituent of marijuana.
The most common adverse effects that have been reported include increased heart rate, paranoid behavior, agitation, irritability, nausea, and vomiting, confusion, drowsiness, headache, hypertension, electrolyte abnormalities, seizures, and syncope, (loss of consciousness). Severe side effects may include acute renal failure and significant negative effects to the cardiovascular and central nervous systems. Use of synthetic marijuana has also been linked to death.
Poison control centers throughout the country are reporting that products containing these chemicals, marketed as incense, herbal mixtures of potpourri have become drugs of abuse. They are sold under a variety of names including but not limited to: K2, Spice, Chronic Spice, Spice Gold, Spice Silver, Skunk, Black Mamba, Zohai, Mr. Nice Guy, K3, K3 Legal, Genie, Spice Smoked Blend, Sence, Smoke, Chill X, Earth Impact, Galaxy Gold, Space Truckin, Solar Flare, Moon Rocks, Aroma, Scope, and Sky High.
Delaware County Public Health urges anyone with information on where these substances are being sold to contact the New York State Department of Health District Office in Oneonta, NY, at 607-432-3911.