If you see this ingredient listed on a colorful plastic baggie of “potpourri” or “incense”, please do not smoke that potpourri: (1-(5-fluoropentyl)-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl) methanone. It is the active ingredient sprayed upon what is otherwise a collection of garden clippings and floor sweepings. And it may ruin your kidneys.
Synthetic cannabinoids are pseudo-legal drug, legal merely because their active ingredients are invented by chemists faster that state and federal lawmakers can outlaw them. They target the same brain receptors as marijuana. But they’re not marijuana. And they’re not typically good for you.
They go by names like Spice, K2, and incense. They are two or three times more likely to cause heart symptoms, five times more likely to cause hallucinations, and seizures are not uncommon.
The CDC now reports on a cluster of cases where the Young Genius Club of Wyoming smoked some blueberry or bubblegum flavored garden clippings, and developed abdominal pain and vomiting, etc.
Their kidneys were failing.
They survived, and even recovered.