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  • vega Asks ...
    vega

    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 ...
    Scott Graham

    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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