JWH-018 aka “Fake Marijuana” – Should It Be Banned?
People who have been arrested for drug crimes and are facing drug testing that is court-monitored have been increasingly turning to “legal incense,” synthetic compounds that can be 100 times more potent than THC, the primary hallucinogenic in marijuana. JWH-018 is the official name of the synthetic marijuana, and it does not smell or look like marijuana. However, the euphoria it produces is five times stronger and its high is shorter.
Its street names include K2, Spice, Red Magic, Smoke XXXX, Diesel, Serenity, and Blueberry Medication and it is easily obtained on the street, at gas stations, or online. These synthetic drugs are not prohibited under drug laws and their toxicity is little-researched. While the federal government does not regulate the use of JWH-018, the Drug Enforcement Administration is currently working to change that. Thirteen states have already banned it, as well as 12 European countries.