JWH "Synthetic Marijuana" Available at Jugheads

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Herbal incense from Jugheads.
A popular Valley bar and nightclub is selling herbal smoke blends containing synthetic cannabinoid compound JWH.

The JWH compound, which we first wrote about in February, reportedly has the same effects when smoked as THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Several countries and U.S. states have banned the substance, and drug tests to detect JWH are being developed. The compound is still unregulated in Arizona, where new local JWH entrepreneurs - like a company that claims to sell JWH in pure, powder form appear every month.

Now local bars are getting in on the trend, starting with punk staple Jugheads. Owner Tanya Copeland says they've been selling herbal "spice" blends from the bar for a couple of months.

"People love it. We sell a lot. It's great stuff, and it's totally legal," she says.

The herbal "spice" blend sold at the bar is called Black Mamba. Copeland says the blend is mostly damiana root, and is locally made. In addition to the leafy green components, the blends also contain JWH compounds -- so people like to smoke them because of the reputed high.

Black Mamba's sold in some Valley head shops, but national "herbal incense" brands like Spice, K2, and Serenity Now dominate the shelves there. The other two blends sold at Jugheads are new and local, but their prices are more than competitive.

A sign above the bar at Jugheads advertises spice for sale.
Herbal incense blends at head shops in Phoenix cost an average $30 per gram. At Jugheads, $15 buys almost a gram of Black Mamba.

(Little formal research has been conducted on the effects of JWH, and we don't endorse smoking it. But since it's currently legal here, we made a personal decision to be a guinea pig.)

In the name of journalism, I tried a sample of Black Mamba, which wasn't as harsh on the throat as other herbal blends we've tried. It smelled like most other herbal blends - very earthy and slightly spicy, with a fragrant hint of patchouli (this stuff is often sold as "incense," after all). It tastes vaguely of wet grass, but the effects were impressive. Aside from having cold ears (weird!), I felt relaxed, thoughtful, and slightly hungry -- the same way I did when I visited hash bars in Amsterdam, but my limbs were less relaxed and I felt less of an urge to just sit and stare at something. This was definitely a "heady" high.

For more of our experiences with JWH, check out "Six Things You Should Know About Smoking JWH."

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Josie Jones
Josie Jones

It is the prohibition of marijuana which has made this niche for legal weed alternatives. A niche which herbal incense products are filling rather successfully. The bans against k2 smoke products are not solving anything. Many places exist where one may still buy k2 incense and seemingly vendors like, http://www.buyk2.com claim that the k2 herb products they sell are legal everywhere.


Lawmakers are in the process of closing any loopholes that currently exist with laws pertaining to some herbal incense products, but there efforts will prove to be fruitless in the end. The prohibition of marijuana has created this demand for legal marijuana alternatives. A rather prosperous niche that will be tapped into for as long as marijuana continues to be illegal. There are many places one may still buy k2 incense and according to the vendors, like http://www.buyk2.com the k2 herb products they sell are legal everywhere.

K2 herb
K2 herb

Beware. There are only 8 K2 incense products available even though you'll find countless others wrongly sporting the K2 label. Summit, Ultra, Blonde, Solid Sex, Orisha, Amazonian Shelter, Thai Dream, and Sky.


Black Mamba is one of the poorest values on the market. Strait Damiana $3,50 per OZ (453 grams) is just about as strong. Double Wammy is 20X stronger, more like the real stuff, but stronger. Write to OSTHEBOX@GMAIL.com for your DW Inquiries. They guarantee the product or will buy it back.

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