For the past several weeks, we've been blogging about synthetic cannabinoids in herbal incense products known as "spice" (check out the Buzz Buzz archives for our previous blogs on this subject).
This week, we'll be reviewing Pep Pourri (also known as "Pep Spice"), one of the more popular "herbal incense blends" on the market. There might be something a little extra special in this blend, which we'll get to shortly.
Pep Pourri comes in a variety of "fragrances" (i.e., flavors) including spearmint, strawberry, vanilla, and blueberry. We asked a friend to pick a blend for the trying, and he went with the ever-popular blueberry.
Based on said friend's feedback, here's a brief review of the effects of smoking Pep Spice:
As far as "flavor," the blueberry taste in Pep was very subtle, but added a hint of much-needed sweetness to an otherwise harsh herbal blend containing things like damiana, Siberian motherwort, red clover, and baybean. But it's not the herbs in Pep that get smokers high -- it's the synthetic cannabinoids sprayed onto the blend. Pep Spice contains the cannabinoid compound JWH-018 (which is still legal in Arizona), but has long been rumored to also contain the cannabinoid compound HU-210, which DEA tests concluded is 66 to 80 times more potent in animals than THC from marijuana.
HU-210 is also a Schedule I substance in the United States, which would make its presence in herbal incense illegal. It's the only federally controlled synthetic cannabinoid compound so far, probably because of its astronimical potency.
Compared to other herbal incense, Pep Pourri packs a wallop. This is a one-hit high, even for experienced marijuana smokers. After one hit, the smoker's head starts to buzz and feel light. The air could look "wavy," and depth perception is a whole new adventure (our poor reviewer ran into no less than three pieces of furniture on his way out the door). The effects lasted two hours, compared to the 30 minutes to an hour spice effects usually last.
Overall, Pep Spice might be a good blend for experienced spice and marijuana smokers looking for a more intense high, but first-time spice tryers or inexperienced pot smokers who want to try spice should not start with Pep, or they could be overwhelmed. Even if Pep Spice doesn't contain HU-210, it is without a doubt one of the most potent blends we've seen.
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