The herb looks like marijuana and it’s been reported to have a similar high as the illegal drug.
It’s called K2 which is known to many as fake pot. It used to be sold in one Tulsa specialty shop but not anymore.
FOX23’s Abbie Alford investigates into this legal but controversial substance.
It’s a leafy-green herb that sells as herbal incense.
FOX23 checked with local specialty shops to see if they sell the synthetic herb.
At Sassy’s on Charles Page Boulevard the clerk told FOX23 the store used to sell K2 but does not anymore because it was not a good product.
However, the Sergeant for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force says when he called Sassy’s near 16th & Memorial Drive on the phone the clerk told him they sold K2.
When he arrived to buy the dried herb it wasn’t available but another similar substance was for sale.
"They said they didn't sell K2 anymore but now they sell a brand called "Ganga" that works just like K2. We spoke to the clerk and said that word on the street is it's hot and they are already sold out," says Sgt. Bob Darby.
The word “Ganga” is known to be slang for marijuana.
The same herbal product was also offered to a FOX23 photographer who went to the Sassy’s near 11th & Harvard went inside the store unidentified.
"They aren't carrying it. They ran out. They are not going to carry it because it's becoming illegal they said. But they said I should try the “Ganga” because a lot of people say it's better,” says Dave Vandever. “They were sold out."
However, a shipment is expected soon and only then will drug officers know what Ganga” users are really smoking and if it’s perfectly legal.
FOX23 also stopped at Starship Records and Oz unidentified. The stores told FOX23 they do not sell K2.
It’s the amount of THC that is found in marijuana that makes it illegal. Researchers say THC has not been found in K2.
However, Kansas lawmakers say two potent chemicals found in K2 should be illegal. They are the first state in the nation to spearhead the ban on K2.
Researchers say there are two compounds found in K2 that are three time more potent than THC.
Scientists have synthesized some of marijuana’s properties and left the illegal THC out which has kept it legal.
Missouri lawmakers are considering banning the herbal incense too.
Currently, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs says it has alerted local schools organizations working with juveniles about the herb.
The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office says it’s working with local school resource officers to find out if K2 is prevalent in schools.