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Do not do spice !

Dear Reader,

My advice is “do not try to reach heaven or experience a joyous state through the use of drugs, it is likely that you will foul up your life and descend into the depths of hell”.

In the chemical literature I have seen a range of ways people have tried to get high, I would not recommend any of these ways to get ‘high’. All of them have some nasty sting in their tail.

It has come to my attention that a series of indoles which are man made cannabinoids have been sold under names such as “spice”, “Dream” and “K2”. These chemicals do mimic THC in some ways, in common with THC they do have the potential to cause psychosis. I saw one report which cited Lt. Commander Donald Hurst (US Navy) which has messed with some people’s minds in some horrible and weird ways. One of the story reminds me of the disturbances of the mind which are caused by BZ. I have read of how men exposed to BZ have played tennis with imaginary rackets and other odd stuff.

A sailor in the US navy was unable to work out what to do with a sandwich ! These indole drugs are not the harmless highs which some people might tell you they are. In a recent paper Susanna Every-Palmer (Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2011, 117, 152-157) explained how this drug put a series of people in New Zealand into mental hospitals.

For those of you who do not know BZ is a horrible drug which messes people around a lot. The US miliary considered it as a non lethal chemical agent which would make people unable to fight.

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