Man-Made Marijuana

Published: Sep. 9, 2010 at 10:06 PM EDT
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A new product is showing up in stores, some say it's nothing more than a substitute for marijuana.

FOX 29 found it in several convenience stores in Riviera Beach.

It's sold under various names such as Mr. Nice Guy, K-2, Lotus, and Peace of Mind.

It's an herbal smoke blend, and on the package it clearly says "incense" and "not for human consumption."

But one drug treatment expert says teens and young adults are smoking it, and for some people it produces a high or euphoria similar to marijuana."There are toxicologists nationwide that are scrambling to find out what this substance does to people. So there's no way to say that it's safe," said Kevin Bandy of the Hanley Center.

"In the last 6 to 8 months, I would say it's become really widespread," he added.

Bandy says while some states have banned these herbal smoke blends, Florida has not.

He says the product may have health risks, and using these herbal smoke blends could lead teens to experiment with other addictive drugs.