Since then, he said, the number of hits on searches for JWH-018 have gone from 28 into the hundreds of thousands, a lesson in "how fast information, good or bad, can circulate around the world in the modern era of communications."
As to how the drug got on the streets, he said anyone with the desire could find his research papers.
"If you're an enterprising young druggie, the next step is obvious," Huffman said.
Huffman said his lab has made 463 compounds, and the one found in spice is not the most potent. As his cannabinoid compounds are being tested for medical value by pharmaceutical companies, he also is being contacted by law enforcement eager to find ways to track down versions of his drugs being trafficked.
For his part, Huffman said, his lab has only made 250 milligrams of JWH-018, all of which is gone -- well, almost.
The last bit, Huffman said, is being sent to a man who trains drug-sniffing dogs, which he called, "a reasonable thing to do."