From the psychiatry ward: Don’t do K2

Just before leaving for work this morning, last summer’s placeholder version of my Terra Sigillata blog attracted a new comment from a reader currently under inpatient care for a bad experience with K2 synthetic marijuana. I can’t independently confirm the veracity of this account but it is pretty typical of those I have received at my blogs over the last two years.

I’ve reproduced the comment from Kelly b below exactly as written:

I am currently laying in a hospital bed in the mental ward I have been here since Tuesday night it is now Thursday night. I have had k2 alot in the past 2 months, and this time I felt as tho it was my last night on earth I thought inwas going to die I tried the shower and a cold one at that I have had suicidal thoughts and I was so scared. As everyone else is saying i thought it was safe because it was legal, well your wrong I did my homework and looked it up and they were saying it was fine. I thought I was going to die the other night I wa sweating even tho it was cold that night and everything looked sketched my thoughts took over and I had no control of them. It was Like I was jumping in and out of reality and occasionally it still happens I’m am afraid I’m going to be stuck like this for the rest of my life please people just because your not having these affects doesn’t mean it won’t happen to u eventually take our advice I would not wish this feeling on anyone not even my worst enemy’s. My advice is stop before it’s too late

As DrugMonkey has recently written in a post on cathinones in “bath salts,” we can’t be sure exactly what chemicals are in these products right now, whether they are bath salts, plant food, synthetic marijuana.

But given another disturbing case – the death of Max Dobner – it’s increasingly clear that these sort-of legal highs are reaching new lows.

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3 Responses to From the psychiatry ward: Don’t do K2

  1. Grant says:

    We’ve just had synthetic marijuana products banned in New Zealand today in response to recent concern of sales of these ‘legal highs’ and the presence of impurities in them. (The ban is apparently an interim measure until there is an overhaul of the Misuse of Drugs Act.)

    I wouldn’t mind putting that commenter’s words into New Zealander’s hands.

    Also: say, has that comment thread has gone on “forever”!

  2. John Wasserburger says:

    I just wanted to comment that my son, Jake, killed himself with a shotgun after 2 months of heavy use of Spice. He was only 19 and had a very promising future. He was a Private Pilot with advanced multi-engine ratings and was a college sophmore. This product totally destroyed his mind. I didn’t know he was addicted to this and that it was the cause of serious depression and suicidal thoughts from the continued use. Hindsight is 20/20. I wish I knew several months earlier what I now understand.

  3. David Kroll says:

    Mr. Wasserburger, please accept my sincere condolences on the tragic loss of your son. You may not know that I’m the same blogger but you also shared this story with me at my other blog, Terra Sigillata. Stories like yours are sadly seeming to increase in number. I greatly appreciate your raising awareness of this problem during your understandable anguish. Particularly as a father myself, my heart goes out to you and your family.