By Dalton Clark

What is K2?

K2, or synthetic marijuana, is a drug that mimics the effects of marijuana. It is made by spraying synthetic chemicals on natural herbs. It is usually labeled as "incense" and can be sold in some gas stations, online, or in head shops.

How Does K2 Enter The Body?

K2 is either smoked or inhaled in a pipe by itself or mixed with tobacco in something like a cigarette. It can also be taken in a tea after is has steeped in warm water, which makes the effects slower and milder.

Slang Terms for K2

  • Spice
  • Bliss
  • Black Mamba
  • Bombay Blue
  • Blaze
  • Genie
  • Moon Rocks
  • Yucatan Fire
  • Skunk

Short Term Effects

  • Impacts brain function (memory, thought, sensation of pleasure, etc...)
  • Problem with thinking (less of an ability to learn and remember things)
  • Improper perception (reaction time, ability to identify and distinguish things)
  • Increase heart rate
  • Makes driving risky

Long Term Effects

  • Effects the brain (poor thinking, memory loss)
  • Effects lung function (breathing problems, cough, chest cold)
  • increased chance of lung cancer
  • Weakens the immune system

Signs of K2 Abuse

  • Seizures and tremors
  • Coma
  • Vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Hallucinations
  • Very high blood pressure
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Terrible headaches
  • Inability to speak


K2 is both physically and psychologically addictive.