The K2 Herb is now banned in Missouri, the 5th state in the United States to put a ban on the use of the marijuana-like herb. Kansas and Kentucky have banned the sale and possession of its active chemicals.
The Arkansas Board of Health has approved an emergency order to ban K2 on July 2, 2010. Alabama has also banned the K2 herb.
Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Michigan, and Illinois are also seeking to ban the substance.
“K2” is a brand name for a dried herbal blend that can be smoked. It produces a high similar to that of marijuana but doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. Instead, K2 contains synthetic chemicals, known as JWH-018 and JWH-073, that mimic THC by acting on the cannabinoid receptors in the brain.