Yes, you can get addicted to spice. Government organizations and healthcare professionals have categorized synthetic marijuana as being addictive. Spice is a relatively new drug but is one of the most abused drugs by teens in the United States. THC is the component in natural marijuana that causes mind-altering effects. Synthetic cannabinoids are the components found in synthetic marijuana that cause mind-altering effects. Synthetic cannabinoids have a high risk for addiction and withdrawal symptoms and, unlike natural marijuana, have no medicinal properties. Due to these factors, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has labeled several of the ingredients found in spice as a Schedule I controlled substance, making it illegal. Regular users of spice have a high risk for withdrawal and addiction symptoms. Detox from spice can take a week or longer. Regular users often experience negative withdrawal symptoms and this risk for relapse is high. Regular users report strong cravings, even after long periods of non-use.
There are several routes of administration when using spice. Most users smoke spice, either by rolling it in papers or using a pipe. Others mix spice with marijuana. Some drink spice by making an herbal tea.
• Difficulty eating/drinking
• Inability to focus/concentrate
• Intense cravings
• Heart palpitations
Spice abuse has a potential for serious health risks. The common misconception that spice is “all natural” leads many new users to experiment and eventually abuse the drug. Spice is not an “all natural” drug and contains harmful chemicals that can lead to serious health risks, addiction, withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings. If you are abusing spice or are concerned about a loved one abusing spice, please seek help. For more information about spice abuse and how to get help in recovery, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.