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answered 07:16 AM EST, Fri March 09, 2012
synthetic marijuana - aka/herbal incense: Hi5 ??
I would like to know if the above mentioned is harmful to the body and how addictive it is.
My friend claims he no longer takes it but I find those little packages tucked away in secret corners in his garage. I'm told by a distributor of herbal incense that it can really 'f' someone's life. First it effects the brain in the 1st yr & guarantees cancer in 10 yrs. My friend gets very irritable, fights over nothing, seems to misunderstand & twist around anything I say to something negative yet other times he is in his own world like in a trance... He is also loosing weight, bad tossing & turning at night. Once he got so sick throwing up and almost passed out & that's when he confessed to me that he was using this herbal incense called Hi5.. please inform me how to help and how bad is it?? thank you...

Scott Graham Says...

Vega,

Looking over your question, it seems you already know your answer.  You outlined some significant consequences from using Hi5:  "My friend gets very irritable, fights over nothing, seems to misunderstand & twist around anything I say to something negative yet other times he is in his own world like in a trance... He is also loosing weight, bad tossing & turning at night."

How to help?  The first step is to connect your friend to a counselor.

If your friend came up to you and thought his roof had suffered hurricane damage, you wouldn't hop up there and poke around yourself (other than a cursory look or two).  And you certainly wouldn't replace the roof to help him out.  You would hire a professional with the experience and the tools to get the job done right.

That's the same thing you need to do with his Hi5 use.  Connect him with a counselor who has the experience and the tools to get the job done right.

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