Here is something I found yesterday which seems interesting. They say they offer free samples, and online reviews look good. Has anyone heard of these guys? I love herbal incense, so I went ahead and placed an order, I will let everyone know how it goes.
New Orleans, July 22, 2010: In light of the recent controversies which have arisen surrounding the current herbal incense trend, many companies have begun launching products comprised of unbanned ingredients. This marketing opportunity has become extremely clear since incense like Serenity Now, K2, Spice Gold, and Super Puff have all been regularly confiscated by law enforcement. Retailers of herbal incense are turning to new products as they feel the backlash of from their formerly-legal source of income. The market for herbal incense has already been established, but now retailers must be choosey in determining products which are actually legal. Rather than endanger their own livelihood and risk the arrest of their customers, herbal incense retailers are turning to legal blends like Amaru Herbal Incense to keep customers happy as the older, dangerous blends become illegal.
These products are dangerous because they contain the synthetic chemicals JWH-018 and JWH-073, and it is easy for legislators to ban products with these chemicals because they are based on a naphthalene ring structure. Conclusive research into other molecules based on this structure has revealed that they are hardly benign, rather the source of malignant tumors in rats. Experts agree that JWH-018 and JWH-073 are probably carcinogenic in the same ways as other, similar chemicals. The carcinogenic properties involve the naphthalene ring in JWH-018 and JWH-073 forming an epoxide intermediate as it is metabolized within the body.
The fact that JWH-018 and JWH-073 are carcinogenic has made it exceedingly easy for local, state, and federal governments to ban products like Serenity Now, K2, Spice Gold, Spice Diamond, and other products which contain these dangerous ingredients. Doctors, Pharmacologists, and local governments have had little difficulty passing legislation to ban these chemicals and prosecute those in possession of the newly-banned incenses. Newly introduced products such as Amaru Herbal Incense have focused their efforts to respond to this condition, introducing a variety of fragrant herbal incense products which do not contain the harmful and/or illegal chemicals. By offering a product which is absolutely legal at a fraction of competitor prices, brands like Serenity Now and K2 are quickly being replaced by Amaru Herbal Incense and other legal blends.
Since these new products contain no carcinogenic, naphthalene ring- based synthetic chemicals, they will prove much harder for legislators to ban. Although K2 and Serenity now have been banned, retailers can still ship Amaru Herbal Incense to states like Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona, Alabama, Texas, and even soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Without concrete evidence about adverse health consequences, it seems like these new breeds of herbal incense could endure in the same legal environments which incriminated those distributing products like k2 and Serenity Now. In regions where the original wave of herbal incense has become banned, new blends like Amaru Herbal Incense stand to take over the market without violating of the newly passed laws.
As brands like Amaru Herbal Incense launch products which are legal in all 50 states and the U.K., it will be interesting to see how those carrying Serenity Now and K2 respond to the legal precedents being established daily in state and federal courts.
Maybe this will make a great care package to my buddies overseas now!