Many journalists continue to refer to Spice as “synthetic marijuana” but, in reality, it’s made of only individual synthetic cannabinoids and is often combined with the opioid fentanyl or chemicals found in rat poison.

Much like how cannabis activists have spent the last decade doubling down on changing the public’s lexicon to phase out the prejudiced term “marijuana” for “cannabis,” we now need to encourage a similar change in how we talk about synthetic cannabinoids like K2.

Vocabulary changes like this will do much to keep cannabis users and advocates safe from the negativity following the trail of bodies created by synthetic cannabinoids.

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