Spice is a combination of natural herbs and synthetic cannabinoids. Users seek the mind-altering effects produced by the drug. It is commonly sold as an “all natural product” which is untrue and entices users. Drug testing is one method to determine if someone is using spice. That brings up a commonly asked question, how long does spice stay in your system?
For years, spice was sold in smoke shops, gas stations and over the internet. Spice has been sold in over 500 different names in small packages. The packages were often labeled, as “not for human consumption” in an attempt to evade legal restrictions and detection. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has labeled some of the ingredients found in spice as Schedule I controlled substances, making the sale and consumption illegal. The ingredients found in spice are highly addictive, have a high potential for abuse and are associated with serious health risks. There are several routes of administration when using spice. The most common route of administration is by smoking the drug, either rolling it in papers or smoking out of a pipe or bong. Some users mix the drug with marijuana. Some drink spice by making a herbal tea.
Spice users seek the mind-altering effects produced by the drug. Users report feelings of euphoria, changes in perception, relaxation, anxiety and paranoia. Psychotic episodes have been reported with users experiencing both visual and auditory hallucinations. Despite the negative consequences associated with spice abuse, users often abuse and become addicted to spice. Due to spice being a relatively new drug, the long-term effects remain unknown and drug testing for spice use is more challenging than other drugs.
The synthetic cannabinoids found in spice are relatively similar to THC found in marijuana but are much stronger and the effects last for a longer period of time. While most drug tests are able to detect THC, few are able to detect the synthetic cannabinoids found in spice. There are two new urine tests that are able to detect the synthetic cannabinoids JWH-018 and JWH-073 up to 72 hours after use.
Spice is a relatively new drug and most standard drug tests are not able to detect the various ingredients and synthetic cannabinoids found in the drug. While there are two new urine drug tests that are able to detect specific synthetic cannabinoids, further research is needed to better allow drug testing for spice. Further research is also needed to determine the metabolism of spice.
There are countless variations of spice, all containing different ingredients. While the ingredients vary, each spice product contains synthetic cannabinoids. The most commonly found synthetic cannabinoid in spice is JWH-018. Other synthetic cannabinoids commonly found in spice are:
– CP 47497
Different drug tests are more effective with particular drugs. When determining which test is best, it is important to understand that additional factors that could influence the drug testing.
– User’s height and weight: the size of the user can determine how long the drug will be detectable in their system
– Amount of drug used: if higher doses of the drug are consumed it will remain in the user’s system longer.
– User’s metabolism speed: someone with a faster metabolism may have a shorter duration of time when the drug is detectable.
Drug testing should only be used to gather information about drug usage. Random drug testing will not cure addiction. Addiction is a disease and proper treatment is necessary for recovery. Spice abuse can lead to agitation, addiction, visual and auditory hallucinations, psychotic episodes and heart attacks. It is imperative to seek help if you or someone you know if suffering from spice addition. There are effective and successful ways for a person suffering from addiction to enter a state of emotional and physical recovery. If you or someone you know needs help from addiction or you would like more information about recovery, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.