Week 31: Knocked Out by the K2 Summit

August 11, 2010 at 7:16 (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )


On the advice of some friends, I went into a head shop and put $30 down on a condom-like packet of herbal chemicals whose make-up is unknown, which the FDA does not approve for “consumption” (whatever that means) and whose effects supposedly mimic that of pot.

I looked up the side effects. Nothing out of the usual. Felt comfortable enough to try it. Was warned not to do more than one hit, so did a single one and waited out the 30 minutes. The blueberry flavor (as they bill this stuff for incense) didn’t affect taste or anything, but it was harsh as hell to smoke and made me wonder what I was putting in my body; quickly forgotten when the high took effect. That was some high.

Over the next few days, I did more, and then noticed terrible nausea, and worse, motor skills rendered ineffective, vertigo and lack of balance and coordination. I feared I had my father’s ataxia where every move of my head was a surprise to my brain, throwing me off kilter. I couldn’t function at work, walk down the street or look up to my computer or away from it without disruption to my senses. It made me anxious and I had to work from home. Then I remembered I had been smoking this stuff. 

It took a lot of research to find people complaining of symptoms like these, but a visit to my doctor confirmed I’m neurologically OK. Vertigo can last a month after the worst of it is over, and mine is almost gone. The cause: His professional opinion and my intuition point to this K2 crap, which I flushed down the toilet  three weeks ago.

Our governor is seeking to ban this stuff in the next few months, pulling it from shelves so underaged kids can’t get their hands on it. It’s a great idea. This stuff could  ruin young brains and nervous systems. I’m freaked to think what permanent damage I might have done to my own in that short time. But maybe this is an argument to sanction the stuff that grows in the ground. That, at least, we know something about.

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