Synthetic Cannabis Creator Wants Fake Weed Banned, The Real Thing Legalized

John W. Huffman, a professor of organic chemistry from Clemson University, unwittingly gave rise to the synthetic marijuana phenomenon through his research on the interaction between various drugs and the brain. His formulas, published in countless medical journals, became recipes for industrious entrepreneurs looking to make a quick buck off a cheap but dangerous high. More dangerous than the cannabis it was being packaged to compete against. Spice, K2, Skunk — those should ring a bell.

From 1984 until early this year, Huffman and his team at Clemson created 460 synthetic cannabinoid compounds for tests on lab animals. Under a $2-million federal drug grant, they studied the interaction between drugs and brain receptors.

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The synthetic marijuana became widely available, youths being able to pick it up from corner stores, novelty and head shops. I, along with several friends, gave it a try, and can attest to a definite quickening of my pulse. It made me feel unsteady, a feeling cannabis has never given rise to. I immediately assured my fellow smokers I’d never try it again and they would be wise not to as well. Something just didn’t seem right. Huffman himself is quoted as saying:

These things are dangerous — anybody who uses them is playing Russian roulette. They have profound psychological effects. We never intended them for human consumption.

Psychological effects are just the beginning.  According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, they’ve had over 4,500 calls over the past 2 years from people using fake marijuana.  Emergency room doctors are treating patients for seizures, hallucinations, tremors, paranoia, convulsions, high blood pressure and rapid heart rate.

The emergency ban has been applied to five of Huffman’s compounds, the most popular being JWH-018, JWH-073 and JWH-200;  JWH-018 is reportedly ten times more potent than THC and can be easily produced.

You can make them in two steps from commonly available starting materials.

Should the Department of Health and Human Services decides to outlaw the synthetic cannabinoids, they would remain illegal for up to six months, at which point the DEA would start making public notices concerning the outlaw of them, along with other bureaucratic steps to solidify their permanent illegality.

However, despite unintentionally keeping underage kids, military personnel and the those of you in the corporate world high (you know, because they like to piss test you and whatnot), Huffman thinks real cannabis should be legal. He says:

“You can’t overdose on marijuana, but you might on these compounds. These things are dangerous, and marijuana isn’t, really.”

If only our government would listen.

Source: LA Times

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4 Responses to “Synthetic Cannabis Creator Wants Fake Weed Banned, The Real Thing Legalized”

  1. Trevor October 16, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    i like the way it goes from talking about cannabis and what not and then it says marijuana (which is a wild tobacco that grows in mexico) yet i do agree .. cannabis has never killed any one and is proven to link and open up certain receptors in the brain. also it has been said .. idk about proven… but said that it can cause minor short term memory loss for up to 2/3 days ,but after, it is said to increase brain capacity

  2. sara corey May 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    I have tried Spice while I lived in North Georgia….the person I was staying with smoked it all the time and turned me on to it. I immediately noticed how high I was after just 2 hits, and my heart felt like it was going to leap out of my chest. I smoked it a few more times after that, then came to the conclusion that I did not like the way it made me feel. My “friend”, however smokes it like it was the real thing. She has always been an emotionally unstable individual, but I firmly believe that smoking Spice has only increased her emotional instability a hundred fold. That garbage needs to be removed off the shelves.

  3. SouthJersey_01 June 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    An all out ban of synthetic cannabinoid compounds is long overdue. I was addicted to these compounds for the better part of 3 years and can attest to the detrimental effects of the JWH series compounds as well as other, stronger compounds currently available in “spice” blends on the market. Though banned in some states, these blends and associated chemicals are still widely available in certain areas despite their extreme health risks.

    The compounds listed in this article are by far the least potent of the lot. Compounds such as AM-2201 are over 50X more potent than Delta-9 THC and cause severe addiction, psychosis, and severe gastrointestinal dysfunction. In my case, I became addicted almost immediately to AM-2201, the active component in most current spice blends, and lost the ability to eat solid food for nearly 6 months. I lost 93 lbs of body weight due to this addiction causing me to nearly die of starvation. The habit itself was nearly impossible to break due to the wide availability of the compound and the incredibly fast ramp-up of tolerance that is experienced with abuse of these drugs.

    I would strongly recommend anyone currently using these blends or associated compounds to stop immediately and seek substance abuse counseling or other support to overcome their habits before they suffer any more ill effects from use/abuse of these chemicals.

  4. Joshua Brenton May 29, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    I agree with every single post thus far. I just wanted to share my experience, I smoked k2 for about 3 and a half years, every day, all day. The first stuff that came out was a mild high, but I became addicted to it within a month. For the first 8 months or so, I smoked pot, then when that would kick in and I would smoke some k2. It made my body go numb and I felt like I was floating so I kept doing it. Then that chem became banned and I got some more potent stuff called Pyara. They were rose petals, that when smoked induced an almost LSD feeling and mild hallucinations. I smoked it for over a year, and got it cheap. Towards the end, I mixed it with a blend called Mad Hatter and had seizures in front of my girlfriend and friend and friend’s mom for 30 minutes, during which I was screaming I’m gonna die, and praying to God, which I was not a believer of. The addiction kept me smoking it, and made me swear off mixing them. It got to the point I was being tested for it and failing, plus it was hard to find so I finally quit. I smoked pot for one month, sparingly, to help me get off of it. Now that it’s over, I’ve been clear for over 3 years, and I will say although I may die at a younger age because of it, who knows, the only good thing was that it made me breathe a lot easier than pot. When I smoked pot everyday, I had breathing problems and felt short of breath all day. I know this is the 420 tribune, but pot is not much safer, you all know the decent stuff makes you short of breath all the time. I feel a million times better being sober, and I suggest the same for everyone. It only took 3-4 weeks after quitting weed to breath better and feel non-dependent on it. It was hell, but I’m so over it and never going back.

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