Learn about the long-term effects of spice
Have you been using Spice, and do you even know what it is? Spice is a blend of organic materials and man-made chemicals that is known on the street as Fake Weed, Bliss, Spice, K2, Skunk, MoJo, Genie, Bombay Blue and more. Some of the chemicals used in Spice are mind-altering drugs that can cause dangerous Spice side effects. The drug is marketed as a natural alternative of marijuana, but the man-made chemicals are anything but natural. Spice is a popular drug among adolescent and young adult populations, and it is addictive.
Spice can look like food seasonings, incense, potpourri, natural marijuana or tobacco. Some of these ingredients are used in Spice, but they are sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids. These cannabinoids are 100% stronger than natural cannabinoids and attach themselves to the same brain receptors as the natural ones do, having the same effect as THC. They also affect other brain receptors too. The chemicals in Spice are mostly made in underground labs in Asia that have no safety oversight and can create a wide array of health risks. Some Spice samples that were inspected in the U.S. showed dangerous chemicals being used in the mix of ingredients. Spice is traditionally smoked, but vaping is becoming the new popular trend, especially among the young.
Spice Side Effects
Some of the side effects of synthetic marijuana abuse are:
- Paranoia, hallucinations, severe anxiety, panic attacks, aggression, altered perception, agitation
- Vomiting, uncontrolled body movements, sweating, a lack of appetite
- Heart attacks, heart damage, increased heart rate, hypertension, myocardial ischemia
- Kidney failure, renal damage, seizures, death
Manufacturers of Spice are constantly changing ingredients to avoid legal ramifications; therefore anyone who uses Spice does not really know what they are taking. Spice side effects are dependent on what chemicals are used in the Spice product, so it is difficult to predict all the possible Spice side effects that the user will experience. Some ingredients, or combination of ingredients, can prove to be deadly.
Some Spice users may lose a significant amount of weight, and often do not eat after they withdraw from the drug. Spice, or synthetic cannabinoids, is highly addictive and because it is sold as a legal alternative to marijuana, many people think it is safe. People who regularly use Spice can become addicted within weeks. The long-term effects of Spice are dangerous to the mental and physical health of the user, and withdrawal from the drug can be extremely difficult. Withdrawal from Spice can make a person feel like they are going to die without the drug. It is one of the worst drugs to withdraw from and is compared to heroin, crack and opiate withdrawal. Some of the adverse Spice withdrawal symptoms may include the following:
- Insomnia, extreme sweating, loss of appetite, abdominal cramping
- Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, extreme dehydration,
- Depression, suicidal ideation, psychosis, lack of motivation and concentration,
- Kidney damage or failure
How do you know if you have an addiction to Spice? If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you probably have a Spice addiction:
- You have a constant craving to use Spice
- Spice use is interfering with your family, work or social life
- You are experiencing changes in your behavior, hygiene, and productivity
- You have no support group to help you stop using Spice
- You need to use Spice to eat, drink, sleep and feel normal
If you are experiencing these Spice side effects, you may have an addiction problem. The safest place to get off of Spice is at a drug rehab center where the medical staff is familiar with Spice addiction and withdrawal. You can be safely weaned off of Spice with a medical detox, and the staff can give you medications to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms. You will be free from Spice addiction, and learn how to move forward with sober intention and purpose in your life.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.