WASHINGTON – Lawmakers are racing to ban synthetic marijuana following increased calls to poison control centers from people who have used the drug.
Synthetic marijuana mimics the effects of THC, the drug’s main stimulant, but the chemical compounds are very different. It has several street names including Spice, K2 and Red X Dawn.
Since the beginning of 2012, the National Capital Poison Center has taken calls from 34 people in altered mental states or with elevated heart rates after smoking the substance. That compares to 128 for all of 2011.