Spice is a mixture of plant materials and synthetic chemicals that cause mind-altering effects. Spice is marketed as being similar to marijuana and is commonly referred to as “synthetic marijuana.” While Spice contains chemicals similar to the ones found in marijuana, the effects experienced are often unlike the effects experienced from marijuana and often times stronger. THC is the chemical found in marijuana that causes mind-altering effects. The chemical found in Spice that produces mind-altering effects are synthetic cannabinoids. Spice if often marketed as containing “all natural” ingredients, this is both false and increases the likelihood of experimentation.
For years, Spice was sold in smoke shops, gas stations and over the Internet. Spice was sold under over 500 different names, some of the most common names are: K2, Skunk, Moon Rocks, Mojo, fake week and Yucatan Fire. Spice is usually sold in small packages and the product looks similar to tobacco or marijuana. The color of the product varies and is often a mixture of cream, red and brown. The packages commonly had the label “not for human consumption” in an effort to evade legal restrictions. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has labeled several of the ingredients found in Spice Schedule I controlled substances, making Spice an illegal drug. Manufactures of Spice are constantly changing the ingredients to avoid the legal restriction.
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.
The side effects of Spice use vary from person to person and because of the different variations of the chemicals found in the drug. Spice attaches to the same receptors in the brain as THC. THC is the mind-altering ingredient found in marijuana. Research has found that Spice attaches to the receptors in the brain more strongly than THC. This causes users to experience a stronger and somewhat unpredictable high. There are many unknown chemicals in Spice; this is due to many different variations of the drug. It is difficult to predict the high and dangers associated with the drug due to the varying chemicals found in Spice. Harmful heavy metals have been found in Spice mixtures. 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. Spice use has been linked to both increasing emergency room visits, poison control calls, and even some deaths.
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!