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It's a mixture of herbs and spices that's been dubbed a legal form of marijuana. It's classified as incense that Americans are smoking to get high. But local law enforcement said it's anything but safe.
It's sold as incense. If you use it as that, you're okay. The problem is there are people smoking it, even eating it, and putting themselves at risk.
It's best known as K-2.
But that's only a brand name of the incense. Incense laced with a chemical that if smoked or ingested, mimics the effects of marijuana. Do a quick internet search and you'll find forums of people saying, they've smoked it and it works just like the drug, too.
And try asking around, chances are you'll find someone that's tried it.
That's what we did. We ended up at the Independence Center at Bryan LGH in Lincoln - a place where people can seek help to get off their addictions.
Meet Blake. Who spoke to us under the condition of anonymity.
"I'd previously used marijuana so I figured my body was used to it...so I didn't think it would do any harm," said Blake
He said he smoked it because it was easier to get than marijuana - it was legal afterall - plus, it didn't show up on drug tests. He was smoking the incense for 7 months, but then one day he was smoking with a friend,
"It was a real strange feeling," said Blake
What happened next, Blake will never forget.
“I've never felt anything like it before. It was like a tingling in my body and we just sat outside for about 2 or 3 hours. I thought I was going to die. I was pretty convinced in my head I was going to die. The only thing I could say was 'please help me' in a real slow voice,” said Blake
Blake and his friend didn't go to the hospital. Though, he thought about it. It was a paranoid ill experience that they were able to sleep off after several hours.
"I've done mushrooms, I've done ecstasy...but...I've never done like that before...never had anything like it afterward...it was the scariest experience in my life up to date...I'll never touch it again after that," said Blake
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