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Herbal Drug Causes Teen Heart Attacks: Should It Be Legal?

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A strain of "designer drugs" made to mimic the effects of marijuana have been linked to heart attacks, WebMD reports. The herbal drugs are generally sold as incense, going by names like K2 and Spice, but most buyers realize the herbs contain synthetic additives that are meant to be smoked.



Three 16-year-old boys reported severe chest pain within a week of smoking "K2-like substances." When doctors at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center examined the boys, they found that all three had suffered heart attacks. Doctors are still unsure what caused the heart attacks, but WebMD suggests it could be the binding strength of synthetic cannabinoids, which is apparently stronger than that of marijuana.

The Drug Enforcement Administration immediately criminalized five different kinds of synthetic marijuana, but the product will be very difficult to monitor since it already has a significant online market, and producers frequently come up with new versions to avoid suspicion.

Dr. Colin Kane told WebMD, "[The drugs] certainly did damage to their hearts. Hopefully there will be no long-term health implications, just a scare. But time will tell ... They did comment it was very easy to get. They had no trouble buying it at gas stations, and they said lots of other kids were doing it."
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  • Eric Melara 2013/05/23 15:32:52
    Yes, it should be legal
    Eric Melara
    People just need to be cautious and learn how to do a herbal cleanse the right way. I love them!
  • nanmx 2011/12/31 19:14:39
    Yes, it should be legal
    nanmx
    What....so now all we have to do is find someone that got harmed by something or people claim they were harmed....are it was a bunch of bs and didn't happen but the media runs it like it did and now we can just make a whole category of thing illegal....we'd have to be pretty stupid to fall for that!
  • nanmx nanmx 2011/12/31 19:20:12
    nanmx
    +2
    Having said that.....if it is a "designer drug" designed to act like illegal drugs I take that back...but you can be sure it will be swept into legal herbs that are very useful and give us independence to determine our own health....and the AMA and global elites hate that and are working dilligently to takek away our right to purchase and use vitamins, herbs and homeopathy....check out codex alimentarius online...the UN is on a power grab w/your body!
  • Clint L... nanmx 2012/07/15 18:39:18
    Clint Lothrop
    +3
    my girlfriend had a seizure in the water after smoking this. The Herbs should be legal but the research chemicals should not.
  • gambitgarrison 2011/11/29 22:17:15
    Yes, it should be legal
    gambitgarrison
    +1
    Anybody who thinks that drug laws curb drug use might be on something.
  • nanmx gambitg... 2011/12/31 19:28:52
    nanmx
    +1
    True but that doesn't mean we have a free-for-all either....trust me....the reason we have a drug problem is because the powers that be...global elites....find it an espeditious way to bring down America....keep the youth drugged up and our future is sealed...
  • Clara 2011/11/17 13:36:45
    No, it should be illegal
    Clara
    ...
  • Grammar Freak 2011/11/14 20:55:51
    No, it should be illegal
    Grammar Freak
    +2
    Legalize marijuana & the artificial substitutes will automatically go off the market because the real deal will be available.

    It's simple logic & economics.

    Ahhhh... lobbyists.
    sigh.
  • Darence Grammar... 2011/11/23 11:14:22
    Darence
    +1
    I like your post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...
  • Grammar... Darence 2011/11/23 23:00:12
    Grammar Freak
    Thanks.
  • zegatonz 2011/11/14 05:54:22
    No, it should be illegal
    zegatonz
    +2
    Cal, who claims to work in the military and have extensive medical knowledge run out of fallacies while responding to my comments; , so he/blocked me; i am not against mariguana being legalized; it should be legalized, but as any other mind altering drug, it should be somewhat controlled; beer is legal, but not for minors or operating certain machines, especially in public; the abuse of any activity, especially those that alter the mind, need to be kept away from developing minds, and other people; if you are a consenting , self- supporting adult, you should do with you body and mind as you wish, as long as your actions do not cause harms to others or society has to clean your mess; drinkers, smokers and any one who engages in dangerous activities should required a sort of insurance,like car drivers, so society does not have to pay for their actions;.......
  • gnome555 zegatonz 2012/07/21 19:35:43
    gnome555
    +1
    yes!illegal!!be cuz tho beer is legal ,but not for minors .. some how they still get a hold of it and kids will always find ways to get want they want and most the time teen want things that are bad for them tat cause harm to deal with pain they dont quite get or haw to handle some pains at there age ..sometimes they to it cuz thats whats "in" or just because there told not to.. i feel it should be illegal because kids ,teens will always make mistake that they might regret or might cause them there life's .. and with all the dangers in life for teens why add to it with one more thing we have to watch for there's enough things we need to watch for its hard for the world to more forward if the next generation is dien off or dumber do to drugs
  • Caysa.Evans 2011/11/12 21:02:33
  • Bdawg 2011/11/12 03:54:46
  • Casper 2011/11/11 13:36:47
    No, it should be illegal
    Casper
    +2
    The people who sell this crap are just as braindead as those who buy it. We need to legalize marijuana. This will end the need for this synthetic crap and the idiots who partake in its proliferation.
  • Roro 2011/11/10 08:28:55
    No, it should be illegal
    Roro
    +1
    yes whats tyhe point if it only makes them die and there parents are sad? and there sad because there addict to it and failing in their lives
  • American☆Atheist 2011/11/10 01:23:06
    No, it should be illegal
    American☆Atheist
    +2
    not to kids
  • gnome555 America... 2012/07/21 19:37:15
    gnome555
    +3
    yes!illegal for ever one!!be cuz tho beer is legal ,but not for minors .. some how they still get a hold of it and kids will always find ways to get want they want and most the time teen want things that are bad for them tat cause harm to deal with pain they dont quite get or haw to handle some pains at there age ..sometimes they to it cuz thats whats "in" or just because there told not to.. i feel it should be illegal because kids ,teens will always make mistake that they might regret or might cause them there life's .. and with all the dangers in life for teens why add to it with one more thing we have to watch for there's enough things we need to watch for its hard for the world to more forward if the next generation is dien off or dumber do to drugs
  • Dandydon 2011/11/10 01:17:46
    Yes, it should be legal
    Dandydon
    +3
    Doesn't matter,one way or the other.
    What it comes down to,each person makes their own decisions in life.
    You make good choices,you get rewarded,you make bad choices,you pay the price.

    Live and learn...Some people never learn...sadly,that's how "stupid" is eliminated from the gene pool...
  • Peewee ... Dandydon 2011/11/10 01:27:53
    Peewee ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    There's a reason for Natural Selection.... How much can you 'protect' people from themselves?
  • Dandydon Peewee ... 2011/11/10 01:31:20
    Dandydon
    +1
    You can't....Stupid is,as stupid does....lol
  • TheNigh... Dandydon 2011/11/10 16:39:18 (edited)
    TheNightFly
    +1
    I don't believe the safety of children is the only motive for government banning drugs. If that were the case, a simple age restriction is all that's necessary. They treat the issue far too seriously and react far too aggressively for it to be a mere matter of protecting the public. I think the military understands the potential of weaponized narcotics as a quasi-non-lethal form of crowd control and they don't want domestic terrorists / revolutionaries / freedom fighters using it against them should they ever need to impose marshal law.
  • Dandydon TheNigh... 2011/11/10 22:15:28
    Dandydon
    +2
    Age restriction never stopped kids,from finding a way around a restriction.
    I'm not for banning because when you start giving Government a inch,they'll take a mile.
  • TheNigh... Dandydon 2011/12/09 16:52:32
    TheNightFly
    +1
    It's not meant to. The point of an age restriction is to stop adults from supplying to children, not to stop children from supply themselves.
  • Dandydon TheNigh... 2011/12/09 21:50:14
    Dandydon
    +1
    If somebody wants something bad enough,they'll get it,restriction on whoever or not..
  • gnome555 Dandydon 2012/07/21 19:46:09
    gnome555
    +3
    yes! but y tell then its ok that just leaves for people that not nothing to try it cause they think its "ok" and get hurt there will always be people that will go after what ever they want but that is there flat IF WE GOT GET AWAY then its ours to the people that just try it and not know what it dose
  • johnpaul TheNigh... 2011/12/09 15:18:46
    johnpaul
    +1
    The banning of drug gives drugs a lot of free advertisement, and creates a larger demand for drugs. The law of supply and demand will always over ride the legal codes of man!
  • TheNigh... johnpaul 2011/12/09 17:02:23
    TheNightFly
    +1
    Agreed. In a truly free society, there's no such thing as contraband.
  • johnpaul TheNigh... 2011/12/12 13:44:50
    johnpaul
    Yow, whenever government tells you what to eat or not to eat or in this case smoke, or what to wear or not to wear, and the list goes on. It becomes religious cult to enforce what somebody call good on the people. Greed is most of the time the hidden agenda!
  • gnome555 Dandydon 2012/07/21 19:40:52
    gnome555
    +3
    yes but kids how make mistakes and that cause them to die cause one mistake should we really be the ones to test the teens of this day and age ?? dont them have enough we need to keep this away from them
  • DS in Oak Ridge NC 2011/11/10 01:09:21
    No, it should be illegal
    DS in Oak Ridge NC
    +4
    Tough call. As a substitute for illegal marijuana, it shares many of its positive and negative characteristics. Rather than permit a way to side-step the illegality of grass, it would be better to revisit the grass decision vs. allow more dangerous substitutes on the market.
  • janet 2011/11/10 00:58:59
    Yes, it should be legal
    janet
    +1
    Not the stuff that cause heart issues but Marijuana should be legal.
    But that is just me, I do not think it is a harmful drug not like K2 or Spice is.
  • Kay janet 2011/11/10 07:34:10
    Kay
    +3
    Agreed. And the only reason teens are reaching out to spice is because weed is illegal. The government should realize that marijuana is definitely not the worst thing out there
  • janet Kay 2011/11/13 01:09:58
    janet
    I agree
  • Derek Wuest 2011/11/10 00:43:59
    Yes, it should be legal
    Derek Wuest
    +2
    personally i feel that in a FREE country, one should be able to risk having a heart attack to have a good time. the feds are giving bath-salts hell too... land of the free, home of the SLAVE. UNITE!!!! MAKE A CHANGE
  • KB Derek W... 2011/11/10 02:40:59
  • Keen Tojones 2011/11/10 00:04:53
    No, it should be illegal
    Keen Tojones
    +5
    Why don't they just go ahead and legalize marijuana? Marijuana doesn't do this to people.
  • avalanche 2011/11/09 23:38:34
    Yes, it should be legal
    avalanche
    +1
    If somebody wants to kill themselves with this garbage, then let them, there will be one less idiot.
  • JULIE avalanche 2011/11/10 15:06:11
    JULIE
    These are mostly young kids that think because its sold over the counter, its safe
  • avalanche JULIE 2011/11/10 16:16:50
    avalanche
    +1
    Then parents should be more concerned and educate their children.
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