NFL adds synthetic marijuana to banned substances list

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. --  Synthetic marijuana is also known as K2, Spice, Bombay Blue and many other names. No matter what you call it, it's an extremely dangerous, unpredictable drug.

"Synthetic marijuana is a chemical designed to mimic marijuana but we're not really sure what is sprayed on the plant in a lab, where the lab is, or who these people spraying the chemicals may be," explained Huntsville Drug Counselor Matt Miller.

This makes the substance hard to regulate, but the NFL is now getting ahead of the game and forbidding players from using it.

"We talk about optimal performance, I can't see how the use of a substance like K2 or Spice would enhance someones performance, especially in athletics," Miller said.

The drug has serious side effects. "Most extreme cases are heart palpitations, increasing blood pressure, even suicidal thoughts," Miller explained.

Miller hopes the NFL's stance on the drug will keep it out of the hands of young football fans.

"If it's frowned upon by an organization that a lot of kids want to go to, maybe it'll help in that way," Miller said.