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Synthetic Cannabinoids

Spice, K2, JWH-018, and others are herbal substances often marketed and sold as an incense.

Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic Cannabinoids: K2 or Spice, etc.

"Molly" and "Krokodil"

New Street Drugs

Molly in the US

Flesh-Eating Krokodil in Illinois

Krokodil - NIDA Drug Information

Spice/K2 Information


Synthetic Drug PowerPoint - April 2012, ODCP (for more information or a personalized version of this presentation, please contact ODCP)

K2 Can Cause Lasting Psychosis

K2 Gains Popularity Among Athletes: Similar High as Pot, No Positive Drug Test

Spice Information from NCIS

Spice In Utah Article

Spice Information

K2 In Missouri

Intelligence Alert - March 2009

K2 Information from WebMD

K2 Use in Missouri - 2010

Chemical in Spice Information

Iowa Poison Control Center - K2 Information

K2 Ingredient Information

Iowa Board of Pharmacy Information on K2/Spice

Synthetic marijuana is sold as K2 or spice. It is an herbal substance that is marketed and sold as incense.

Iowa's Board of Pharmacy took action to products like K2 and Spice from being on the shelves in Iowa.

Chapter 10 rules on chemicals in K2/Spice

K2/Spice Public Service Announcements


K2/Spice Radio PSA

K2/Spice TV PSA

K2/Spice Print PSA (3.75 x 6)

K2/Spice Print PSA (5.75 x 9)

K2/Spice, Bath Salts, and Salvia Legislation

Pete Grady of the Attorney General’s Office makes a strong argument that because of confusing language in section 134 of SF 533, the delayed imposition of the penalties for bath salts and salvia should be sixty rather than thirty days.

Law Update: K2/Spice, Bath Salts, and Salvia Legislation

SF 510

SF 533

Salvia Divinorum and Synthetic Cannabinoids Webinar - Oct 7, 2011


Webinar Recording

Schouten's Slides

Schouten's Outline

Reeve's Slides

Kalin's Slides

Voogt's Slides

Synthetic Cathinones: Bath Salts

Bath Salts Information

• NOT real bath salts! They are referred to as novelty items, and are labeled “not for human consumption.”

• Also marketed as bath crystals, plant food, and herbal incense.

• Described as a white, tan or brown odorless, powdery substance

• Contain MDPV (methlenedioxypyrovalerone) or mephedrone, both of which are derivatives of the chemical cathinone, a naturally occurring chemical found in the “Khat” (Catha edulis) plant. Cathinone is a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance. “Bath salts” may also contain large amounts of caffeine.

• Both MDPV and mephedrone are central nervous stimulants.

• Effects are similar to cocaine, methamphetamine, or MDMA. Sometimes called “fake” cocaine or “fake” meth.

• Can be snorted, injected, or eaten.

• Physical Effects: Racing heart beat, Extreme elevations of blood pressure, Sleeplessness, Loss of appetite, Strange eye movements, White powder on nostrils or lips

• Psychological Effects: Extreme agitation or anxiety, Hallucinations, Paranoia, Change in personality, Depression, Aggression or disturbed behavior, Delusions, Hostility, Violence, Suicidal thoughts

• MDPV and mephedrone can cause intense cravings and can lead to binges lasting several days.

• Sold at tobacco shops, convenience stores, gas stations, head shops, and truck stops among others; and via the Internet.

• The various brands are sold in 50-milligram to 500-milligram packets. Prices range from $25 to $50 per 50-milligram packet.

Bath Salts Information

Synthetic Drug PowerPoint - April 2012, ODCP (for more information or a personalized version of this presentation, please contact ODCP)

Iowa Poison Control Center: Bath Salts

Bath Salts Alert

A Deadly New Drug Craze - Dr. Oz Show