I was just starting to wrap my mind around the whole bath salts phenomenon, when I learned about “the growing and disturbing [drug] trend” amongst teens: FLOWERS. According to a CBS News report, a hallucinogenic high is achieved by smoking, snorting, eating or drinking the roots, leaves, seeds and flowers of any plant in the Datura family. These potentially deadly plants, which are in season in the summer, grow almost everywhere and are highly toxic. Says an anonymous teen about his Datura trip:
“It was just really, really intense, seeing people that weren’t there, talking to people that weren’t there. It was horrible and it lasted two days. The after affects were terrible. We got blurry vision. We actually thought we were going blind.”
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Here are some things that stoners might need: Netflix Instant (specifically, every season of “Law & Order: SVU”), a soft blanket, assorted snacks, a nap, a dog to pet, definitely a glass of water. But … a stoner awards ceremony? Isn’t that a little … ambitious? I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Alas, the weird world of Reddit and its stoner subreddit, r/trees, has decided to inaugurate The Munchies, “an annual feel good event for 4/20.” No word yet on what the categories will entail, but they’ll all be user-submitted and then voted upon. And if you have any questions about this event’s legitimacy, consider this: the whole thing is endorsed by legendary pothead Snoop
Dogg Lion himself, and he’ll even be there to announce the winners by video on — yup — 4/20. I’ll be tuning in… that is, if I’m not too faded to remember. [Betabeat] [Photo of a guy smoking weed from Shutterstock]
Feeling bad because you swiped the last bagel at Starbucks? Don’t. There are actually evil people in the world, like Brittany Ozarowski, 21, who pretended to have bone and brain cancer to bilk concerned family and friends out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to support her heroin habit.
Ozarowski, of Medford, New York, got $100,000 from her grandmother, who sold her house to fund her faux cancer treatment. Her father cashed in his retirement fund to offer up another $25,000. She also targeted Walter Warren, a neighbor who had lost his own son to cancer in 2007. Keep reading »
Troubled starlet Amanda Bynes was photographed by paparazzi smoking what appears to be a funny-looking cigarette while walking the streets of New York today. Now, I’m full in favor of marijuana being legalized so I don’t care whether Amanda smokes or not, but given that she’s a celebrity that a lot of people have their eye on right now, given her recent odd behavior, I’m not sure it’s wise to be smoking what is likely an illegal substance in broad daylight. Clearly, the girl is throwing caution to the wind in more ways than one. That sad Britney Spears castoff weave is another matter entirely. [Photos: Splash News and Fame/Flynet]