The DEA admits that they can’t keep up with a new drug that’s hitting the street. It’s being called “Moon Rocks,” but you might know it better as Skunk, Spice, or K2 – you know, like the mountain because it supposedly gets people super high. Produced mostly in China, it is often marketed to people as a “safe” alternative to marijuana. It even looks alittle like it.

The New York Times reports that the Chinese spice supplier who provided the U.S. with 70% of its synthetic weed was apprehended in Los Angeles last month. The chemical compounds used to make spice were only made illegal at the federal level in the country last year, though the product can still be found all over the states, and its sending users to the emergency room by the barrelful.

What is spice exactly?

When the synthetic drug is in its base form, it looks a lot like smashed up crack. That’s why it has the name “moon rocks.” There are small white crystals that get mixed with plant materials to create the “safer synthetic pot” that has attracted so many.

There is one similarity between moon rocks and marijuana: they are both cannabinoids at a chemical level, binding to the CB1 receptors of the brain. The difference is that the synthetic version is so much stronger that is creates seizures and psychosis. Some even call it a “bad trip.” In just one year, more than 3,400 reports of exposure to Moon Rocks have been received in the US.

Synthetic weed in fact has nothing to do with weed, it’s just a marketing strategy aimed to get unknowledgeable peeps to use cheap product instead of actual, thoughtfully grown organic buds.

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