Local "Herbal Incense Blend" Nitro Makes People High and Stiff

A few months ago, word got out that synthetic cannabinoids that mimicked the effects of marijuana were being sprayed onto "herbal incense blends" and sold in head shops. Now that people are hearing they can legally get high by smoking these blends (at least for now in Arizona), a new "herbal incense blend" containing synthetic cannabinoids seems to hit the market every day.

Herb N Legend smoke shop in West Phoenix was one of the first head shops in the Valley to start carrying herbal incense blends, and they've recently introduced a "house blend" called Nitro. After learning the blend contains no catnip (which is really harsh on the throat if one smokes it), I decided to get my friend, whom we'll call "Janie," to smoke some of the Nitro incense and give us her opinion (we did note that the packaging, like all herbal incense blends, announces it's "not for human consumption").

Janie is an occasional pot smoker who had no prior experience with herbal incense blends containing synthetic cannabinoids. Obviously, the first thing I wanted to know was if she felt high after taking two puffs of Nitro from a glass pipe.

"Oh yeah," she replied. "I definitely feel high. This is really good stuff. It feels like I just smoked some really good pot."

Janie said the Nitro, which was supposed to be mango scented, tasted like honey and dried leaves, and wasn't altogether horrible. She seemed more impressed with the mildness of the blend. "I can't believe I didn't cough a single time while smoking that bowl," she said.

Ten minutes after finishing her bowl of Nitro, Janie had an uncontrollable and inexplicable bout of giggles, after which she busted into roaring laughter and cracked up until she cried. When she finally caught her breath, I asked what was so funny. She panted that she didn't know, but managed to gasp, "Do you have any more of that stuff?"

After taking another hit of Nitro, Janie laid down on her couch and went to sleep. When I talked to her the next day, she said that while she loved the feeling she got from smoking Nitro the night before, she had trouble sleeping because her limbs were "stiff and achy" (this is a complaint we've heard from other synthetic marijuana smokers). She also said she had a slight headache and felt a little dizzy. "I don't like this morning-after feeling," Janie said.

The morning-after achiness and headaches seem to be common complaints with all herbal incense blends. But overall, Nitro appears to one of the better new herbal incense blends, as it lacks the harshness of some other products, and more slowly and gently replicates marijuana highs when smoked. And at $10 a gram, the Nitro house blend is more cost-effective than the name brands currently sold at most head shops.

Nitro herbal incense is carried exclusively by Herb N Legend, 5950 W. McDowell Road, Suite 104. Visit www.herbnlegendaz.com or call 602-710-1987 phone for more information.

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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