Legal Product K3 Being Used to Get High

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

It's a product called K3 and it's being marketed as aroma therapy, just like burning incense.

But now more people, especially teenagers, are smoking it and we're told the effects are compared to using heroin.

"It gets you out there, it gets you kind of spaced," Michael Prall, who has used K3, said. "You don't really know what's going on."

Lighting up to get high isn't unheard of and many teens are doing just that, except this time it's legal.

"You can go to the store and buy it versus having to go find marijuana on the street," Heather Rutledge, a licensed chemical dependency counselor, said.

K3 is a popular product sold at smoke shops for about 50 bucks a pack.

It's supposed to be used like incense, and it even says right on the package that it shouldn't be consumed.

"You have to be 18 to be able to buy it," Rutledge said.

But that's not stopping those that are underage from getting their hands on it.

"It's real easy. I believe you would just have to know somebody that could go into one of those stores," Prall said.

Heather Rutledge said this new trend is very addictive.

"The more potent you get, the different effects you get," Rutledge said. "You see things and you get dizzy and light headed, more like you're intoxicated."

And she said the withdrawals are even worse.

"You have shakes and hallucinations and high anxiety," she said. "You can become ill, nauseated."

Getting high isn't the only plus for those who smoke K3. Many are using it because it can't be detected on a urine drug test.

Michael Prall says he once tried K3.

"It's like the name K3, like climbing a mountain," Prall said. "I think like a K9 or something is like the highest."

He's seen first hand just how popular smoking K3 is.

"I went to a rock concert not too long ago and that's pretty much what was in the air," Prall said.

And Prall wants to warn teens just because the product is legal doesn't make it safe.

"Don't mess with it, don't mess with anything, there's no point," he said. "It's going look bad, it can cause problems. It's dangerous."