What is spice or cannabinoids?
What is Spice (Cannabinoids)
Spice is a generic term for a group of designer street drugs marketed under a variety of names including K2, Yucatan Fire, Moon Rocks, fake marijuana, Spice Silver, Spice Gold, Smoke, Fire and many others. Usually, spice contains dried, shredded plant material and chemical additives meant to induce psychotropic or hallucinogenic effects. Similar to marijuana, spice is usually ingested by smoking, although it is sometimes mixed into food or drink. Individuals use spice for its mind-altering effects.
Though spice is labeled “not for human consumption” and advertised as incense or potpourri, its target market is people looking to achieve a high similar to that produced by marijuana. Since spice was created to dodge drug laws, variations of it are currently sold legally on the Internet, in convenience stores and in “smoke” shops specializing in drug and smoking paraphernalia.
How spice affects users.
While the nature of spice makes it difficult to accurately describe its effects, users typically experience variety of behavioral and perceptual alterations similar to those of marijuana. Negative side effects include rapid heart rate, agitation, confusion, vomiting and hallucinations. Additionally, regular users may experience withdrawal symptoms, placing them at risk for addiction.
The dangers of spice.
Spice is a very dangerous designer street drug. Because it is produced in clandestine labs, its potency, contents and chemical makeup is often unknown. Because of this, its effects, side effects and dangers vary greatly from dose to dose.
Because of the numerous risks associated with spice, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has banned several synthetic cannabinoids, and a number of states have instituted bans on the sale of spice and spice variants.
Treating spice addiction.
Treatment for spice addiction is similar to treatment for marijuana addiction. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, counseling and support groups may all be a part of an effective treatment program.