Zrylw.com recently sat down with several ANY LAB TEST NOW® franchise staff members to discuss the harms of what is becoming known as “fake weed.” While it may be legal, the ANY LAB TEST NOW franchise staff we spoke with detailed the consequences of its use.
Zrylw.com: On behalf of our readers, thank you ANY LAB TEST NOW franchise staff for your time.
ANY LAB TEST NOW Franchise: You’re welcome. We are happy to do it.
Zrylw.com: This question is for either of you. What is fake weed?
ANY LAB TEST NOW Franchise: It is basically a substance – an herbal incense product, really – that looks like and mimics the effects of marijuana. Often it has been found in tobacco shops and while there are disclaimers of its harmful effects on the package, people are still using it.
Zrylw.com: But it is legal?
ANY LAB TEST NOW Franchise: Well, it’s not really “legal” anymore. The DEA recently banned five of the most common psychoactive chemical compounds found in the herbal incense product that is marketed under the trade names K2, Spice, Serenity, Black Mamba and a variety of others. And many states are going through the motions to ban it statewide.
Zrylw.com: Where did it come from?
ANY LAB TEST NOW Franchise: The short form of the story is that it was originally created to test how THC binds itself to the brain. The creator of the chemical said that it was never intended for human consumption, however.
ANY LAB TEST NOW Franchise: In fact, its creator Dr. Huffman has said there is no real way of knowing how long this substance will stay in the human body or what the long term effects could be.
Zrylw.com: Can you explain more?
ANY LAB TEST NOW Franchise: The herbal incense is plant-based; however, it is coated with harmful chemicals that have led to its improper use. The chemicals are the “drugs”. The two most common synthetic cannabinoid compounds found in these products are JWH018 and JWH073. Although these chemicals react with the same THC receptors in the brain as natural marijuana, they actually pose some opposing symptoms. In fact, these chemical compounds do not show up in a regular drug test where THC is supposed to be detected. A special drug test for synthetic cannabinoids must be ordered.
Zrylw.com: How is it used?
ANY LAB TEST NOW Franchise: These psychoactive chemical compounds we have been discussing are sprayed onto organic plant matter to give it an appearance of marijuana. From there it is typically rolled into joints and smoked, though there are other ways of consumption.
ANY LAB TEST NOW Franchise: And then people assume that it is no big deal, just a variation of pot…
Zrylw.com: But I am sensing that is not correct.
ANY LAB TEST NOW Franchise: Absolutely. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported almost 2000 calls from people concerning frightening and negative consequences of the chemical. And the DEA Diversion Control Program listed Spice as a “chemical of concern.”
Zrylw.com: Does the traditional marijuana test pick up the use of Spice?
ANY LAB TEST NOW Franchise: No. However, at all the ANY LAB TEST NOW franchises, a drug panel test can be administered to detect it.
Zrylw.com: That’s good news. Obviously some grave concerns about this chemical.
ANY LAB TEST NOW Franchise: Very grave concerns and parents needs to know about this and its potential harmful side effects many of which are not known. We do know it is dangerous.
Zrylw.com: Thank you both for a very informative discussion that enlightens all parents and consumers.
ANY LAB TEST NOW Franchise: Thank you for talking with the both of us.
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