Over 100 People In Two Texas Cities Overdosed On Fake Weed In 5 Days

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Over 100 people in Dallas and Austin got dangerously sick after smoking synthetic drugs that claim to mimic marijuana, Carla Wade of WCNC reports.

Police told Wade that the overdoses are likely related and that the  batch of drugs originated with a Dallas supplier.

Fake weed, aka K2 or Spice, shares more properties with  herbal incense or potpourri — which is how it is sold — than marijuana.

The DEA has attempted a crackdown  on the drug by placing certain compounds as Schedule 1 controlled substances, but  manufacturers evade restrictions by creating new compounds with similar effects.

Head shop owner Eric Vandervert told Business Insider the scariest thing about fake weed: Manufacturers  buy empty packages from China and fill them with whatever blend they want.

" People will steal that branding all day long," the Florida native said. "I could have five different bags that all look like Scooby Snax, but they all came from a different manufacturer and they all have a different blend   inside."

Spice can have wide-ranging effects on the body, many of them bad

Toxicology tests are underway to see if all of the overdoses occurred while smoking the same batch and if the compound was laced with another drug.

The reality is that any bag of Spice could contain not just one untested drug, but any one of thousands of untested compounds. That result is that kids have actually been dying after smoking the substance.

Here are some types of "not for human consumption" herbal incense:  

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Correction: An earlier version of this story said that patients died. We regret the error.



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