What is the herb K2 and what are it's uses?

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I believe the substance to which you are referring is a form of salvia which is a naturally substance that has been smoked by certain cultures for many years for healing and dream divination. It’s becoming a popular substance of choice among many of a younger generation because it has many of the same effects of other drugs without being discernible in contemporary drug tests. In addition, it’s cheap, and in many states has yet to be restricted. The use of YouTube and social networking sights are spreading the word and popularity. The plant leaves are generally crushed and smoked, but as with other “herbs” it can be chewed and consumed in other ways. The hallucinogenic high lasts from 5 to 20 minutes.


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jwarden | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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K2 is not the same as salvia divinorum, as K2 is a synthetic cannabis made up of the chemical parts of marijuana that are actually legal. Salvia is a psychoactive plant that is not derived synthetically, but is actually naturally occuring, and if consumed, it can create a completely different experience from K2.

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Salvia Divinorum is a plant which derives from part of the mint family. The origins of the plant can be traced back to the Oaxaca Mountains in Mexico and all the best and purest salvia is still produced from this region.we can  buy salvia from some best sellers like potentsalvia ,Though its psychoactive properties have been known to the Mexican Mazatec Indians for ages, it was relatively recent that the plant drew the attention of Western ethnobotanists, and even more recent (the early 90's) that its active component, salvinorin A, was isolated. Salvinorin A turned out to be the strongest natural hallucinogen known to man.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The herb K2 that I know of is similar to marijuana. It is a plant lacking a woody stem.  It has leaves that can be made into teas and produces a for hallucinatory effect.  Another name for it is Salvia Divinorum.   It is supposed to be non-addicting but it is not being regulated by the food and drug administration so that is questionable.  Until recently sales of the herb were legal in the United Sates.  People would purchase it in place of marijuana. The herb was originally used by American Indian tribes and Shaman's.