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K2 drug acts like marijuana

A drug called K2 is starting to make waves in some states, and it's merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to so-called "legal drugs."

It looks and works a lot like marijuana, but it's legal.

"According to about 10 to 15 interviews I've done, it's supposed to be more potent than most versions of marijuana," said Kansas City Sheriff Deputy Chris Farkes.

A pricey plethora of pills and extracts promise everything from body tingles and euphoric rushes to relaxation, pain relief and mood elevation.

Dr. David Eichhorn, the chair of Wichita State's chemistry department, agreed to analyze some K2 samples. He said it would take weeks to positively identify everything in the drugs, but his preliminary findings were eye opening.

"One of the ingredients in there is one that would potentially get across the blood brain barrier and the reality is, if you do play around with these types of compounds, you run the risk of seriously upsetting the balance in the brain," said Dr. Eichhorn.

K2 was created in a chemistry lab, and since it's synthetic it's not covered by law - although police who have come into contact with it, think it should be.

Those who sold the products say they don't sell them to anyone who's under 18, and adults can make their own decisions.

They also say the substance is mostly herbal and isn't as harmful as alcohol.

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