The article I read was about a marijuana-like substance that is legal. This substance called “K2” is legal, yet produces much harsher effects than its doppelganger marijuana. Like marijuana, K2 has synthetic cannabinoids that act like the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but causes much more severe effects such as extreme paranoia, anxiety, agitation, faster heart rate, higher blood pressure, and most notably near-death experiences. Some of the few cases of K2 have lead to self-suicide short after using the drug one in Iowa and one in Russia where both teens who used it killed themselves after going insane. Already many states in the U.S. are banning the drug absolutely, whereas others have done nothing about the relatively cheap more lethal marijuana alternative. Perhaps the most alarming facts about K2 is that it does not show in a drug test, it is unregulated, relatively cheap to purchase, and the effects of it haven’t been studied and are mostly unknown.
This article is important because it shows how many bad drugs there are in the world that goes unregulated and unstudied. K2 is one of many chemically engineered drugs that people have never even tried and do not know the effects. People expect the drug to be mellow or mild like marijuana, but it causes insanity as shown earlier. The ramifications of it being legal and easily obtained are shocking, something so lethal should not be so easy to get. This drug’s effects are so unknown and the only thing we know about it is that it causes people to go insane enough to kill themselves as example from the two suicide cases. K2 should not be legal and it should not even be debatable, the idea of having a legal one-hit killing drug is insanity.
This article is related to class because it shows the dangers of even curiosity with hard drugs. K2 is just one of the many “one-hit” or one-time killing drugs that are available in the world today. In class we learned about how even the old drug addicts from Alcoholics Anonymous knew that a one-hit drug was just too lethal to try, but ended up trying dangerous drugs because the drugs they had weren’t strong enough. This article is related to class because it shows that addiction is progressive, you just don’t try alcohol, you try other things such mild drugs, and then when the desirable effect does not occur, you move onto harder drugs such as heroin and cocaine. This article is also related to class because it shows the dangers of curiosity because even one try of K2 or any other hard drug can kill
you or drive you insane then ultimately suicide.
^9th grade current event, dont hate on my english skills, points for completion means i did this w/in 15 mins-30 mins