Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 11:48 AM
"The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) exercised its emergency scheduling authority to extend, by six months, control of five chemicals (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, CP-47,497, and cannabicyclohexanol) used to make so-called “fake pot” products," states the D.E.A. in a release Fed. 29.
JWH and company are burly synthetic cannabinoids created in labs, manufactured in China and un-tested on humans. People are using them to get high and pass a drug test, especially groups regularly drug tested for marijuana, like servicemembers, athletes, and as the D.E.A. relates below, teens and young adults. Their maker, chemist John W. Huffman has said "people who use it are idiots".
"Over the past couple of years, smokeable herbal products marketed as being 'legal' and as providing a marijuana-like high, have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults," the DEA writes. "These products consist of plant material that has been coated with research chemicals that claim to mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops, and over the Internet. These chemicals, however, have not been approved by the FDA and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process. Brands such as “Spice,” “K2,” “Blaze,” and “Red X Dawn” are labeled as herbal incense to mask their intended purpose."