The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has outlawed five of the chemicals most commonly used to make a drug known as “Spice” or “K2.”
The drug is usually sold as incense and was available over-the-counter at head shops and gas stations in Colorado, under names including Colorado Chronic. However, Spice has long been deemed illegal in other countries and more recently in several states, as well as branches of the military. In January, the Air Force Academy announced that it was investigating 25 cadets for using the drug.
Spice is an unregulated mix of chemicals that is intended to mimic the effects of marijuana. It can have serious side effects, as described in the Indy’s July 22 cover story, “Incense nonsense.” The DEA has outlawed the drugs in Spice under a 12-month emergency order.