The mojo doctor: LA Times on the accidental fake weed inventor

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A North Carolina scientist who invented fake pot says the fake stuff is dangerous, and marijuana isnt, really.
  • A North Carolina scientist who "invented" fake pot says the fake stuff is "dangerous, and marijuana isn't, really."

In a profile in the Los Angeles Times this week, scientist John W. Huffman (described as a "bearded, elfin man") revealed himself as the accidental inventor of voodoo, mojo, spice, "incense," K2, or whatever brand or name used to describe dried up "herbs" sprayed with synthetic compounds that mimic the effects of THC (sort of).

Huffman said his research into the effects of drugs on brain receptors at Clemson University was published — as were the compounds he made (and named after himself: JWH-018, JWH-073 and JWH-200) — in medical journals, which were picked up manufacturers, and, ta-da, fake weed is born.

The LAT also reported that in August, Louisiana authorities seized 7,200 grams of synthetic marijuana ($25 to $30 per packet), which now — because it's deemed a Schedule I controlled substance — has a "street value" of $80,000 to $130,000. (The products had names like "White Widow, Cajun Spice and Voodoo Remix" — not to be confused with this, which also may be dangerous when over-consumed.)

"Mojo" preceded bath salts in Louisiana as the targeted "designer drug" and was outlawed last August. The law, drawn up by Rep. Ricky Templet, R-Gretna, made it illegal to manufacture, possess and distribute it in the state.

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