FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A brand of synthetic marijuana sent a Fairfield Ludlowe High School student to the nurse’s office Tuesday, according to police reports. Investigators were trying to determine whether the substance is legal under Connecticut state law.
One of the school’s deans told police about the incident after a 15-year-old student reported to the nurse’s office with “drug-like symptoms,” police say. A 1-ounce plastic container with a brand name “Blueberry Mamba” with a green, leafy substance was found in the boy’s pocket, according to the report.
A second student said he had purchased the item at a convenience store in Bridgeport and had given it to the sick student. Investigators seized the item for testing.
Synthetic marijuana is a collection of herbs treated with chemicals designed to mimic the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active chemical in marijuana. The product is usually sold under the brand names “Spice” or “K2.” The products often have side effects, including extreme nervousness, anxiety attacks, a fast heartbeat, increased blood pressure, tremors, vomiting, hallucinations and seizures, according to the Connecticut Poison Control Center.
The Connecticut state legislature banned some of the most commonly used chemicals, but other versions are still being developed by manufacturers. Fairfield Police are still trying to determine whether the substance found Tuesday is on the illegal list.