K2/Spice is a synthetic drug made to stimulate the effects of marijuana. Often referred to as “synthetic cannabinoids” or “fake weed,” the drug’s chemical composition often contains harmful chemicals which are very different from marijuana and often more intense and addictive.
Synthetic cannabinoids are a member of the new psychoactive substances group of drugs. Due to being a newly popular drug, they are not well regulated even though they emulate the effects of illegal drugs.
When people ask “Is Spice addictive?” the resounding answer should be yes. The drug is extremely potent and Spice addiction is quite common among young adults and teenagers. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that around 11 percent of high school students in 2012 took synthetic marijuana at least once and 75 percent of emergency room visits associated to the drug in 2010 were for people ages 12 – 29.
Spice addiction can consume a person’s daily routine, but deaths due to overdose show misuse of the drug can also end people’s lives. Before addiction to this drug forms, seek medical assistance to treat for this substance use disorder.
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Spice continues to evolve and new chemicals are added and tinkered with to produce new variations of the drug. The Office of the National Drug Control Policyreported that 51 new synthetic cannabinoids were recognized in 2012, and in the last six years even more have been introduced.
Once a tolerance forms and frequency or dosage increases, people are more likely to become addicted to K2/Spice. The body readjusts to the large quantity of the drug being in the system and no longer is used to properly functioning without its presence.
- Dry mouth
- Heart attack
- Increased anxiety
- Loss of control
- Rapid heart rate
- Red eyes
- Sweating heavily
Which signs someone might show varies greatly depending on the person’s physical characteristics and the amount of K2/Spice taken. Additional reasons for this include the chemicals mixed with the cannabis in the drug. As misuse becomes more frequent, the number of side effects a person exhibits often increases and people are more likely to feel discombobulated.
Medical experts do not recommend taking Spice due to the potential for unknown chemicals. Mixing the drug with alcohol can be even more dangerous due to potentially lethal combinations.
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