“Mad Hatter” Incense Being Abused in Ohio

Health care providers in Ohio are reporting cases of people abusing a type of incense sold under the brand name “Mad Hatter.”

This type of incense is not the same as the sticks that are burned to produce a fragrance, the Lancaster Eagle Gazette reports. Mad Hatter, a form of synthetic marijuana, is a green, leafy substance that can cause hallucinations and increased heart rate.
Last week, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a law that makes synthetic marijuana and bath salts illegal to sell or possess. Since the law goes into effect in 90 days, Mad Hatter is still legal in the state.

David Davis, Director of the Emergency Services and Trauma Unit for Genesis, a hospital in Zanesville, OH, told the newspaper that they have seen several patients who have used the incense. “Patients are coming in agitated, vomiting, in seizures, paranoid or having hallucinations. The reactions are similar to those when ingesting the bath salts that seem to be on the rise.”

Mad Hatter is sold in three-gram packages that are marked “not for human consumption.” The green packages sell for about $25 each.

While some states have banned synthetic marijuana, also known as “K2” and “Spice,” manufacturers have already developed new formulas that skirt the bans. To avoid this problem, the Ohio bill includes an amendment that would make it illegal to produce any substance that is similar to Spice or bath salts after the bill is signed.

4 Responses to “Mad Hatter” Incense Being Abused in Ohio

  1. joebanana | July 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Boy, nothing like an unconstitutional law to fix things right up, and hey, leave it open ended so it can include anything from cat litter to rice, but don’t do any research on it, that would be stupid. Taking away freedoms is what America is all about, why not impose a minimum jail sentence too, and a fine for revenue, oh, and if they’re minors put them in foster care with a child molester. Brilliant.

    • Steve Westen | July 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm


  2. Sara Harvey | March 8, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I hate mad hatter and what it does to everyone. It makes them stupid, scary, unpredictable and uncontrollable. My boyfriend loves the stuff. I hate him on it. It messes with us and our relationship. it is dangerous. When I tried it I was so out of it I thought that when I was laying in my car I was in a hospital bed and my boyfriend was there visiting me. Anything that can do that to a person can not be good. I would much rather the whole world be high on weed than just a few high on that mad hatter stuff.

  3. Kevin | October 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    That’s just great…. smoke something with not realizing the side effects… At least we know the effects of weed… Why not just drink a bottle with poison written on it… This stuff seems dangerous and all the manufacturers do is change the name or the chemical compound… this seems worse than crack..

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