Dark Side Spice Touts "Safer" Herbal Incense Blend

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Since we began covering "herbal incense blends" (a.k.a. spice) that people smoke to get high (check the Buzz Buzz archives for more), we've been contacted by various individuals and companies who claim to make the best, most potent blends.

But one local company, Peoria-based Dark Side Spice, makes no claim to have the best or strongest herbal blends on the market - they do, however, claim to make one of the "safest" blends.

"Nearly all spice products on the market today are manufactured using the cheapest botanicals, cheapest and less pure synthetics, artificial flavorings, and solvents such as acetone and alcohols," says Dark Side co-owner Chris Breyfogle. "I started using herbal incense blends because I liked them, but when I realized how people made them, it scared the crap out of me. People pushing all these spice blends out there, they don't care what their products will do to people. I feel a little better at night knowing my stuff won't hurt anybody."

The effects of the synthetic cannabinoids in spice blends are still relatively unknown, but in this week's cover story, "High Science," regular spice smokers describe a range of possible ill-effects, from headaches to loss of vision. So what makes Breyfogle think Dark Side Spice is any "safer" than any other herbal incense blend?

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Breyfogle says it's in the way his company's spice is manufactured. Most herbal blends on the market are sprayed unevenly with synthetic compounds. Breyfogle says Dark Side uses another method, one that he wouldn't describe to us in detail, but which he says doesn't involve sprays, eliminates the need for solvents, and "leaves a complete envelope around the botanicals."

He says Dark Side doesn't use any artificial flavorings, either. "Most herbal blends are flavored with Juicy Drops or Tasty Puff for flavoring. It smells like Pez, for the most part, and it's gonna taste like a burning leaf," Breyfogle says. "We use dehydrated berries, lemon zest, and lemon grass for flavoring."

Another difference between Dark Side Spice and many other blends is that Dark Side never uses damiana among their herbs. "People use it because it's cheaper than hell," Breyfogle says. "You could probably grow it in your bathtub. But it's extremely harsh in your throat."

But most importantly, Breyfogle says, Dark Side Spice mimics the effects of marijuana more closely than other blends. "We're not kidding ourselves. We know what 'herbal incense' is" he says. "People are looking for something as close to pot as they can get. Some of the spice blends out there are not like pot - there was one blend I tried that I thought had salvia in it, and it freaked me out. This blend is for people who just want to kick back and eat some cookies. We don't need to trip out and see Jesus or anything."

Local smoke shops seem to like Dark Side well enough - it's carried by several stores on the west side, including Nana's Smoke Shop, Traders Smoke Shop, Little Amsterdam, and Mike's Tobacco & Gifts.

"Are we the strongest on the planet? Probably not," Breyfogle says. "But I'll take the Pepsi challenge against those other spice blends anyday."



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smk420
smk420

i dont care what you think...i smoke it and i love it.....and truth be told it's all about the same potency ...wicked x ..k2...black momba...cush ...white widow ...but if you want a good price check out igotspice.com........i've got ripped off a lot on the internet ...but these guys rock ...cheap price..super potent ...great flavors ..fast delivery and sell loose...plus always get free samples in my orders....cant beat that!!!:) ......enjoy and be safe.......... smk420

Rodney420
Rodney420

Just noticed these guys started Dark Side Spice online on their website.

I ordered some of the new AK-47 and a 5 gram Pomegranate. I'll report back with my findings.

Djchronosphere
Djchronosphere

I tried this brand and it was great. I have gotten headaches from other brands like queben, storm xxx, and No. 5. I feel it is due to either the damian content, or solvents being used for the spray. Their standardization process, whatever it is is very nice, I was surprised after trying several other brands I am sticking to the "mostly natural" approach they seem to use.

Thanks for a headache-free minty herbal experience! Very like the real thing.

Rodeyguy2000
Rodeyguy2000

sell high quality spice for only 2 bucks a gram!! Free shipping to legal states! Contact me Rodeyguy2000@yahoo.com

herbal incense
herbal incense

I was so afraid for her but she walked it off and i asked my friends to keep it up and away from her. I think this stuff is not as natural as i like so i don't do it. i ll keep to the natural!

Paydayaway
Paydayaway

I think it's funny that half the comments are guys trying to sell their spice! I've tried a lot of them. PEP was too much and nothing like weed, Lights Out is descent, Wicked X tastes like booty, and I just got Dark Side from Eye Smoke Shop and it's damn good actually. Wish I could smoke the real deal though:(

Bradford
Bradford

Ya the spice craze is crazy. I bought " Mr. Nice Guy " off of ebay after hearing it reviewed by MrHerbatstic on youtube. It was supposed to be the strongest on the market, it was and it blew my mind. Literally THE BEST on the market hands down. Search around on ebay for " buy from Jimmy " I got it for 12 bucks with a best offer button even though its listed at $14 or $15 something.

BONSAT
BONSAT

WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT BUY TKO. TOTALLY NONEFFECTIVE AND THE MAKERS ARE THIEVES.

Aubrey88
Aubrey88

I wish people would be more careful. My friends were telling me about some sort of blueberry incense and I googled it and found out it is counterfeit k2 incense. Apparently there are only a few authentic blends. The list of fakes is scary long and they don't quite know what is in those, http://www.k2incense.org. It's worth checking out if you buy this or know someone who does. Stay safe.....

zhippie83
zhippie83

lmao, there is absolutely no reputable dealer for herbal incense, but if users get their high on, then it doesnt matter much!

Ljsuriano
Ljsuriano

my dog got into alittle bit of spike and had a horrible time. I was so affraid for her but she walked it off and i asked my friends to keep it up and away from her. I think this stuff is not asnatural as i like so i don't do it. i'll keep to the natural!

Jin
Jin

how old was ur dog??my 2 month+ plus shisto (dont kno how to spell it very small dog eat some and now is sick me n my girlfriend is scared) any advise please help asapgreatly thankful for any advise u may offer

RICKY
RICKY

I KNOW YOU CANT GET MUCH BETTER THAN SCOOBY SNAX THEY ARE MORE POTENT THAN WICKED XXX AND K-2 ULTRA AND THE PRICE IS ONLY 14 BUCKS FOR 1.5 GRAM THE SHIT IS THE BEST I PROMISE CHECK OUT THEIR WEB SITE 101EASY.COM

Smokethecheeba
Smokethecheeba

on ebay shits cheaper and you can get a gram of pure jwh018 for 30 bucks morons

Paydayaway
Paydayaway

Niki, is it any good? I don't want to shell out money on stuff that doesn't work.

HONDA
HONDA

THIS SHIT WILL KILL YOU. DON'T USE

Paydayaway
Paydayaway

All spice will kill you? I think cigarettes are going to free up parking spaces long before spice.

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