Synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice or K2, is an herbal mixture that has many of the same effects on users as marijuana. This drug is often marketed and sold as incense or potpourri, but users smoke it just like marijuana. In most cases, Spice is a legal product, and it is widely used and abused by young people who don’t always even know its dangers.
- Side effects of Spice include:
- Tingling or numbness
- High blood pressure
- Panic Attacks
- Inability to speak
Dangers of Spice
Spice affects the user much like marijuana does by relaxing the person, elevating their mood, and altering perception. However, many users find that synthetic marijuana is stronger than regular marijuana, and the side effects are more dangerous and much more unpredictable. Much of the draw behind Spice is that it is a relatively unknown drug, sold with the label “not for human consumption.” However, this makes the drug more dangerous because users don’t really know what substances they are using. There is concern that some batches of this drug are very toxic and even might contain heavy metal residue.
What is known is that Spice can cause some serious side effects. Users can experience rapid heart rate, agitation, high blood pressure, heart attack, vomiting, and seizures. Others experience hallucinations, anxiety, and paranoia. SAMHSA’s data shows that 11,406 emergency room visits in 2010 were associated with synthetic marijuana.
A Legal Drug
Spice is currently legal in most areas, mainly because the ingredients in this drug are largely unknown and also change with each producer. This poses a more serious danger as teens and young adults are being drawn to this drug because they know it is legal, and they think that because it is legal it must be safer than other drugs. According to the Monitoring the Future Survey 2012 in 2012, 11% of high school seniors used synthetic marijuana in the past year. The DEA is taking steps to stop this, and has recently designated the five most common chemicals in Spice as Schedule I controlled substances, making drugs with any of these substances illegal. However, makers of Spice have easily gotten around this ban by modifying their drug and its chemical make up.
Treatment for Synthetic Marijuana Addiction
Synthetic marijuana is addicting, and treatment is often necessary to put an end to its abuse. Individuals going through this type of addiction treatment will first detox from the substance, and then enter counseling and therapy to help develop healthy habits and learn how to overcome cravings.
Let us help you put an end to your addiction to Spice or other substances. Call us at 1.844.867.6835 today to find out how we can help.