How Do I Know if Someone is on Spice?

How to Tell if Someone is on Spice


Spice is a combination of natural herbs and synthetic chemical used to experience mind-altering effects. There are several routes of administration for Spice use. Spice smoked, inhaled, vaporized or can be made into an herbal tea for dinking. Spice if often sold under the false pretense of being an “all natural” product. This is false. The chemicals found in Spice, synthetic cannabinoids can cause negative side effects and serious potential health risks. What are some signs of use? How do I know if someone is on spice?


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How is Spice Used?


People who experiment with different drugs often try alternative routes of administration in order to achieve a more rapid or intense high. 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 spice users purchase a liquid form of spice and use a vaporizer or an electronic cigarette. Some drink Spice by making an herbal tea.


Signs of Spice Use

How do I know if someone is on spice? Here are some signs of possible spice use:

• Rapid heart beat
• Blurred vision
• Nausea/vomiting
• Anxiety/panic attacks
• Headache
• Slurred speech/difficulty talking
• Agitation
• Seizures/tremors
• Paranoia
• Hallucinations
• Heart attack


The Risks of Using Spice


Due to the false and calculated marketing methods, teens and young adults frequently use Spice. Spice is marketed as being an “all natural” product when in actuality synthetic cannabinoids are sprayed onto the product. While the synthetic cannabinoid compounds found in Spice attach to the same never cell receptors in the brain as THC, the chemicals in Spice have been found to be both stronger and more unpredictable. Due to there being so many different variations of drugs falling under the synthetic marijuana category, there are many different side effects that can occur with each different product. Spice remains a relatively new drug and long-term side effects remain unknown. The immediate side effects experienced vary from minimal risk to high risk. The side effects of Spice use vary greatly. Some users report feelings of euphoria, relaxation, changes in perception, anxiety and paranoia. Possible side effects of Spice use are faster heart rate, violent behavior, confusion, suicidal thoughts, cravings, vomiting and agitation. The most concerning side effects are psychotic episodes, visual and auditory hallucinations and even heart attacks. Spice is a relatively new drug and long-term effects remain unknown. Spice use can lead to dependence and addiction. Spice has been found to be addictive. Many users experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop using Spice. Some of the withdrawal symptoms from Spice are: headaches, anxiety, depression and irritability.Most users don’t understand the dangers of synthetic marijuana or even know what chemicals are in the product. There have been high incidents of emergency room visits, poison control calls and even deaths associated with the use of Spice.


Can You Get Addicted to Spice?


Yes. Government organizations and health professionals have deemed synthetic marijuana as being addictive. Synthetic marijuana is one of the most commonly abused drugs about teenagers in the United States. There is a high risk of developing addictive symptoms and withdrawal from the drug. Detox from Spice can take a week or longer and if often accompanied by uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms such as: vomiting, diarrhea, lack of inability to eat or drink, lethargy and insomnia. More information and research is needed to determine the long-term effects of this drug and possible addictive properties. Relapse from Spice is also common; users often suffer from severe cravings.


Concerned About Yourself or a Loved One?

Due to the dangerous known side-effects of Spice use, unknown long-term effects of Spice, potential for physical and emotional dependence, potential or addiction, withdrawal symptoms associated with Spice and instances of emergency room visits and reports of death, it is imperative that if you or someone you know is using or abusing Spice you seek help. If you would like more information about Spice addiction, the dangers associated with the drug, or ways to help someone struggling with addiction please call us (888)357-7577. We are here to help and answer all questions!