Synthetic Pot's Alleged Side Effects: Punching Cops, Eating Dogs and Slashing Throats
The effects of synthetic cannabinoids on the human brain are not well understood. Yet people routinely smoke this stuff, sometimes called "synthetic pot."
This week's cover story on the subject describes the phenomenon, but a recently published article in the Cleveland Clinic Medical Journal adds that it is far more potent and dangerous than THC and can even trigger psychotic episodes.
So we dug up some reports of people doing sad, horrendous and truly bizarre things while allegedly under the influence. Here are eight notable examples:
8. Punching Cops
Back in May, 27-year-old David Martin allegedly smoked some Spice, stripped off all his clothes, and marched through Indianapolis fighting cops and performing ninja-like somersaults to evade arrest. Martin managed to initially fight off cops despite being hit with a Taser numerous times. Fortunately, his naked rampage ended up on YouTube. Jump to the 1:20 mark to witness the man's gymnastic prowess.
7. Thinking You're in Inception
Earlier this month, a police dispatcher in Volusia County fielded a call from local yokel Mark Welch, who had apparently smoked some K2 earlier that day. The very stoned Welch told the dispatcher, "Something happened in my dream and it's actually happening...Everything that happened today is actually in my dream and I want to prove it to everybody." Cops showed up and told the stoned slob to not call the police anymore. Forty minutes later, he called the cops again and was arrested.