Saturday April 19th 2014

Do legal buds get you high?

The short answer is yes and no. Legal bud can get you high. But smoking it comes with serious legal bud side effects.  Some of which are not all that pleasant.

The longer answer is, it all depends on which legal bud you are referring to, first or second generation.

1. First generation legal bud

This is the stuff I used to get (well, once) when I was a kid. What you were buying, in theory, was a mixture of herbs, all said to have psychoactive properties and been used by ancient cultures for these properties. In reality what you got was a herbal looking mixture that may or may not have resembled the ‘real thing’, that tasted foul when smoked and had next to zero effects. Any high you might have got was purely psychosomatic.

2. Second generation legal bud

Second Generation bud is in a completely different league to its rather ineffectual parent. Although made up of the same ethnobotanicals, second generation bud has one added element added – synthetic cannabinoids – and this makes all the difference. This stuff will get you high alright, higher even than the substance that it is intended to mimic: marijuana. But, and this is a massive but, this high may not be all that you bargained for.

Paying the price: Is the legal buds high worth it?

Legal buds get you high, it’s official. No longer does legal mean lame. In fact, these second generation legal highs can be more powerful than cannabis itself. And even though legal bud drug tests do not yet exist, this does not mean that legal bud is not potent. It is. It’s just that the potent chemicals found in synthetic cannabis (JWH compounds) cannot be detected by traditional urine tests just yet. Legal and effective, surely a win-win situation, right?

Not really.

As can be seen from the comments readers have made to my previous posts on synthetic cannabinoids, legal buds have serious dangers and side effects. The two major dangers, at least in my opinion, are addiction potential and health issues associated with smoking legal bud.

1. Addiction potential – Just because something is allowed by law does not make it non-addictive. Just look at alcohol and cigarettes. People are under the misapprehension that these legal buds are safe otherwise they would be banned. Unfortunately, these new legal buds seem to be highly addictive, individuals are reporting psychological dependence after just one week of daily use and physical dependence after a mere month. The withdrawal symptoms reported by people who attempt to stop smoking legal bud are described as quite horrific.

2. Health issues – Barring the obvious impact of smoking on the lungs, users of legal bud have reported all kinds of side effects. Ranging from mental health issues to heart palpitations, synthetic cannabinoids seem to affect people in different ways. Some people report no adverse effects and others have to be admitted to Accident and Emergency Rooms after just one pull on a joint. On top of this, nobody knows the physical and psychological consequences of long term use of legal bud.

And this is not all, only now are we learning from users how they are being affected by habitual use of legal buds. Only time will tell whether the very real high users get from legal buds comes at a terrible cost.

Legal bud questions

Do you have questions, comment or feedback about legal bud? Please leave them below. We’ll post your experiences and feedback, and encourage you to discuss whether or not the euporic effect of getting high on legal bud is worth the risk.

Photo credit: Daniel R Thompson

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8 Responses to “Do legal buds get you high?
sroy
3:43 pm October 14th, 2011

Evidence is mounting about one of the most troubling potential side effects of synthetic cannabanoids. Apparently there is a very real possibility of permanent psychosis from the use of these substances.

Matthew
6:24 am October 18th, 2011

Author, JWH is no longer used in these products, I see you keep mentioning it, and there may be a few brands out there who still use this, but by and large JWH is gone. Damiana is widely used in spice as the psychoactive ingredient as well as the unknowns.

Please modify future posts to reflect the DEA’s ban on JWH that went into effect nationally at the end of 2010. JWH is not the problem here, if JWH was sprayed on some plants alone, I cannot say what the side effects would be. However before the JWH ban, the spice I was smoking SPACE brand, had less adverse side effects than other brands I have smoked post-JWH ban. I believe that the home brews with the unknowns are the risk and problem. JWH is not responsible at this time.

Salvia fan
4:02 am November 26th, 2011

Why bud is not legal in many countries? I mean we are independent people and we should have full authority to take it or not.

5:36 am November 26th, 2011

Hi Salvia. Legal bud is not marijuana, but refers to the recent trend to add cannabinoids to herbal products….which is leading to many different health issues for users. People int he U.S. are actually asking that herbal incense and the like be BANNED due to public health issues.

Rich
8:22 pm December 17th, 2011

I started smoking Peak Ultra, Aloha and a couple of others when I first realized the products where available in a smoke shop after a friend reccommended it. I switched to Peak Ultra and tyhe Aloha as they seemed to be the best they had to offer after a experimenting with several.

After smoking for about a month and a half, I started to have stomach problems. I began to vomit on and off for a couple of weeks, with no idea of what was wrong. I lost 21 lbs due to my ability to keep food down and finally was forced by my spouse to go to my Dr.

I was prescribed a prescription strength pepcid for acid indigestion. I of course did not tell my doctor that I was smoking legal incense. I stopped smoking for three days and my stomach is just starting to allow me to keep food down.

Is there anyone who has experienced what I have? I hope I’m wrong. I suffer from chronic pain due to an accident and it was really helping me. I don’t want to take opiates and Med Marajuana is not yet legal in NH and I don’t think it ever will be.

daffodil
12:58 pm April 16th, 2012

I’m confused. “Legal buds” and herbal incense are not interchangeable I don’t think. When I think of “legal buds,” I think of the ones they advertise in High Times from scammers like International Oddities and legalbuds.com, whose products are very much like your description of first generation legal buds above and do not use any synthetic cannabinoids (and do not get you high, except through placebo effect). I don’t think the Spice/K2 blends are referred to as “legal buds” except for maybe a brand or two.

4:42 am April 17th, 2012

Hi daffodil. Thanks for pointing out the distinction. Colloquially, to the common person on the street, I think that the terms “legal weed” and “legal bud” may mean the same. But someone on the inside may be able to tell the difference. Would you agree?

gabby
10:54 pm September 24th, 2012

does it make anyone extremly sleepy?

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Charles Somerville is the writer of The Alcoholism Guide, a website that looks at alcoholism in all its forms and the effects of alcohol abuse on mental and physical health.