Can Fake Weed Kill You?
They say real weed can’t kill you, but the fake stuff is another story.
Emily Bauer, age 17, is now in a wheelchair, partially blind nine months after synthetic marijuana destroyed a significant part of her brain.
Returning to high school, she is faced with new trials. She has to relearn basic math skills and needs assistance in the restroom, at lunch, and with class material as she cannot read or write now.
With school in the morning and therapy in the afternoon, Emily endures a whole new type of day—much different from her past ones getting high with friends.
“The high is great, but in the long run, it isn’t good,” she said. “It’s no fun to be stuck in a wheelchair, to have to go to therapy, or (possibly) die.”
Emily had been smoking synthetic marijuana, commonly called “Spice” or “k2,” daily for two weeks before hospitalization.
She was put on life support after several strokes left her paralyzed, blind, and unable to recognize her surroundings in December of 2012.
Do people you know smoke “Spice” or “k2?”