Another day in Florida, another report of a zombie like attack featuring a young person on synthetic drugs. Though it has not been reported to be the official cause of the attack, a recent incident involved a man hovering over his victim’s body, eating his face. Unfortunately for Florida, this isn’t the first time it’s happened. In fact, it’s the third. Famously, back in 2012, a man was found on a Miami causeway, naked and ferociously attacking another man’s face. That man survived and is now a great guitar player as well as a favorite among his hospital staff. At the time, toxicology reports did not find traces of synthetic drugs, only THC. It’s possible that perpetrator was under the influence of K2 or a similar synthetic marijuana.
Florida Loves Flakka
These other cases are believed to be the result of the drug Flakka. Videos flood the internet of people high on Flakka acting anything but human. They make demonic noises, talk to people who aren’t there, and demonstrate a super-human strength. Apparently, as the recent news stories show, synthetic drugs like Flakka also cause an affinity for cannibalism.
What is Flakka?
Flakka is a synthetic stimulant drug. Like methamphetamine, flakka is made up of the actual kitchen sink. Ingredients ranging from gasoline to liquid freeze can be used to make synthetic drugs. Alpha-PVP is the specific name given to flakka in the lab. Flakka and synthetic drugs have been dubbed “bath salts” because of the way they are packaged and sold. Similar to K2 synthetic marijuana, synthetic designer drugs like Flakka are disguised as “natural” household items. While K2 is packaged and sold as incense, synthetic drugs are packaged and sold as bath salts.
Chemically, Flakka is a combination of substances that purposefully amp up the natural production of dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine, which communicates pleasure, and serotonin, which communicates mood, creates balance in the brain. Needless to say, Flakka throws things way out of balance.
What are the effects of Flakka?
Flakka causes an overproduction of excitement in the brain. Effects of Flakka include:
- Extreme Agitation
- Unnatural Strength
- High Blood Pressure
- High Body Temperature
How Addictive is Flakka
Due to the volatile and incredibly potent nature of synthetic drugs, Flakka is especially addictive. A central nervous system drug, Flakka hits the brain the hardest and fastest, resulting in a major surge. That surge leaves an immediate impact on the brain. As little as one or two experiences with Flakka can result in tolerance and the beginning of dependency.
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