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Inhaled Incense "K2" May Cause Heart Damage

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From Children's Medical Center in Dallas, Texas:
"We're theorizing that something in the K2 caused his coronary arteries to spasm, causing blockage of blood flow temporarily to his heart," said Dr. Colin Kane, a pediatric cardiologist who treated both cases. "He had a heart attack."

Kane said he had never even heard of K2 before. He scoured journals and the Internet for legitimate medical research on it; right now, there isn't any.

He is now educating colleagues at Children's Medical Center about K2, including what to look for and especially what to ask teenagers who come in with unexplained heart problems. Since K2 has yet to be studied, no one is really sure what it can do to the body.

K2 is a mixture of herbs and spices manufactured as an incense. According to a company website, K2 is not meant for human consumption.

And yet it appears some have not gotten that message:

K2 is incense — a blend of herbs and spices sprayed with a synthetic compound similar to THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) found in marijuana. The combination looks like crushed potpourri. Blends are traditionally burned in incense pots; however, teens roll the K2 incense in wrappers to make joints, or they smoke it in pipes. When smoked, K2 delivers a high similar to that of marijuana. Users claim it's almost impossible to tell the difference between the two.
-Wes

Source: Dr. Wes: Inhaled Incense "K2" May Cause Heart Damage
 
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