Q. What are Synthetic Cannabinoids
Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as spice or K2, are human-made chemicals that are sprayed on dried plant materials, which are then smoked. Not only is spiced smoked much like weed is, but it is also sold in liquid form and used in a vape or e-cigarette. Some of the other names for this substance are:
- Black Mamba
- Spice Diamond/ Spice of Life/ 2Spicy
- Chill X
Due to the similarities of the chemicals found in synthetic cannabinoids and marijuana, this is where it gets its name.
Q. Is Synthetic Cannabinoids or Spice Legal
It is illegal to manufacture, possess, or use synthetic cannabinoids such as K2 and Spice. Because the chemicals change so frequently with different products on the market, synthetic cannabinoids are often hard to regulate. Some manufacturers try and get around the ban by placing “not for human consumption” on the label of the product.
Q. Synthetic Cannabinoid Preparation
Synthetic cannabinoids are usually produced in a lab using chemicals that mimic the natural chemical found in marijuana called THC. However, these chemicals are not for human consumption and have been banned by many states. There are over 140 different compounds that can be classified as synthetic cannabinoids.
Q. How is Spice Different From Marijuana
One of the differences between Spice and Marijuana is that synthetic cannabinoids produce more intense reactions. This can vary depending on the chemical compound of the drug. Furthermore, there have been reports of users becoming extremely violent after using synthetic cannabinoids.
Q. What are the Dangers of Using Synthetic Cannabinoids
Synthetic cannabinoids are not meant for human consumption, however, many young adults use them as recreational drugs. These substances have been linked to both acute and long-term health effects. Some of the adverse reactions that can occur when using synthetic cannabinoids include:
- Altered mental status
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Rapid heart rate
- Violent behavior
- Suicidal thoughts
Q. How Does Synthetic Cannabinoids Make the User Feel
The chemical used to create synthetic cannabinoids or spice have similar effects to those produced by marijuana. Thus, giving the user a similar “high.” These include:
- Elevated mood
- Altered perception
- Symptoms of psychosis
Furthermore, some of the psychotic effects include:
- Extreme anxiety
- Psychological dependencies
Q. Is Synthetic Cannabinoids Addictive
Yes, spice can be an addictive substance. Withdrawal symptoms can occur when trying to stop using synthetic cannabinoids cold turkey. These symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Trouble sleeping
Q. Can Synthetic Cannabinoids or Spice be Fatal
Yes, deaths from the usage of synthetic cannabinoids have occurred all over the globe. For example, several individuals who used spice experienced severe bleeding. Once the substance was tested a chemical that is used in rat poison was found.
Do You Know Someone Abusing This Drug?
If you know someone who may need help stopping the use of synthetic cannabinoids or spice contact the Harm Reduction Center in South Florida. We have trained medical professionals on staff that will help with withdrawal symptoms. Keeping you, as well as your loved one safe in a controlled environment while detoxing is vital. We are not only here to help you get the treatment you need, but we will be by your side every step of the way. Contact us today!