BOTANICAL POTPOURRI UPGRADE

Lots of new developments in the Fake Pot story.  First, what is Fake Pot?

From CBS News 48 Hours Show– Dr. John Huffman, a Clemson University organic chemistry professor, was researching the effects of cannabinoids on the brain when his work resulted in a 1995 paper that contained the method and ingredients used to make the compound. That recipe found its way to marijuana users, who replicated Huffman’s work and began spraying it onto dried flowers, herbs and tobacco.

From the Charlotte Observer – Originally produced in China and Korea and but recently all over the USA, the mixture of herbs and spices is sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Users roll it up in joints or inhale it from pipes, just like the real thing. And it works.

The Louisiana Legislature has been very busy of late outlawing the 3 THC variations currently being sold.  The bill is before Gov.  Jindal as this is written, and he’s expected to sign it into law. It  should take effect sometime in August 2010.

Now the major head shops and head shop chains make their own Fake Pot versions. What do I find at my local historic college area head shop but a new formulation that meets the new law standards.

Currently, you can purchase some form of Fake Pot at almost convenience stores in New Orleans, and all head shops. That’s a lot of stores. For the college head shop, this stuff is huge business. This shop has been around for over 25 years, and has always made money. He mostly sells his own blend under a variety of names.  The money is so big he’s keeping one step ahead of the new law by already producing a new version of Fake Pot under the brand name of Hook ‘Em. The front label says “Grab the Bull by the Horns, Herbal F***kin’ Incense”. At the very bottom it says “Not For Human Consumption”.

I’ve noticed the college head shop’s brands, like Bayou Blaster & Paradise for sale online on other distribution sites.

Some of the convenience stores have pioneered $7.99 or $10.00 gram packaging, which sells very big. In New Orleans, the biggest commercial brand is Serenity Now, available at most convenience stores and head shops. They have the best distribution in town.  Their gram package is around $15.00.  The convenience stores are capturing a large part of the market who is mostly priced out by the $15.00/gram rate.  This makes the $7.99/10.00 buyers the fastest growing segment of purchasers. A popular brand is called Blaze. It’s not packed in a foil package, but a little screw top make up case.

There are many flavors- Spearmint, Apple, Mango, Vanilla Honey, Blueberry, Grape, Strawberry, Butterscotch, Cherry Mint, Watermelon, etc.

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~ by neworleansmusicman on December 8, 2010.

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