Spice has been in the news — at least in our newspaper — quite a bit lately.
The Air Force banned it, and then it developed a urinalysis for it. Occasionally, you’d read about some airmen or some cadets getting nabbed for the synthetic marijuana.
Not that many airmen are smoking spice — the surgeon general told me earlier this month it’s “a small slice of the pie” of drug usage — but the over-the-counter nature of the drug makes regulation even tougher.
All of this leaves the creator of spice and other synthetic cannabinoids shaking his head.
“These things are dangerous — anybody who uses them is playing Russian roulette,” John Huffman told the Los Angeles Times. “They have profound psychological effects. We never intended them for human consumption.”
He later added: “You can’t overdose on marijuana, but you might on these compounds. These things are dangerous, and marijuana isn’t, really.”