“Synthetic Marijuana” on Page 1 of the New York Times
From O’S News Service September 2, 2015 A front page story in today’s New York Times will leave many readers with the impression that a drug made by bootleg chemists called K2 is in fact synthetic marijuana. Reporter Nick Casey writes:
The people here on this stretch of 125th Street in East Harlem may change, but the drug remains the same: K2, also called synthetic marijuana, a potent mix of herbs and chemicals that has become widely used among homeless people in New York City.
The chemicals in K2 that activate the cannabinoid receptors are made by bootleggers who get the formulas from chemical journals. Here’s some relevant background from O’Shaughnessy’s: an interview with John Huffman, the inadvertent inventor of “Spice.”