• Drugs like k2 and Spice are sometimes called Synthetic Marijuana or fake weed
  • Synthetic Marijuana use can lead to side effects like rapid heart rate
  • Synthetic cannabinoids can cause dangerous side effects like
  • K2 and Spice are names used to describe a group of Drugs known as Synthetic lab made cannabinoids
  • Spice is a mix of herbs shredded plant material and laboratory made chemicals with mind altering effects
  • Synthetic cannabinoid users report some effects similar to those produced by Marijuana
  • Synthetic cannabinoids are part of a group of Drugs called new psychoactive substances nps
  • Synthetic Marijuana is nothing like traditional Marijuana
  • The most common way people use these Drugs is to roll the dried plants into joints or put them into pipes and smoke them like traditional Marijuana
  • Synthetic Marijuana is a mixture of industrial chemicals intended to mimic the effects of thc
  • Synthetic cannabinoids are plant material that's been sprayed with an active Drug
  • But what exactly is Synthetic Marijuana and why is there a spike in use
  • Spice can make hours seem like minutes
  • Precisely how you feel after smoking Spice will likely depend on the specific combination of chemicals used and
  • People who have used Synthetic cannabinoids and have been taken to emergency rooms have shown severe effects including
  • Synthetic cannabinoids are human made mind altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried
  • 2018 a surge in dangerous side effects and overdoses has put the spotlight on cannabinoid Drugs that go by names like k2
  • So what exactly are these Drugs made of and why do they cause such violent reactions
  • Researchers still don't know what long term effects these Drugs might have
  • The most common way to use Synthetic cannabinoids is to smoke the dried plant material
  • It is important to protect your own mental health and not put yourself in situations where Drugs are being used
  • These Drugs produce effects similar to Marijuana
  • It is often called Synthetic Marijuana or fake weed because some of the chemicals in it are similar to ones in Marijuana
  • Even more concerning is that the side effects of these new Drugs are unknown and unpredictable
  • Up to 4% of people have used Synthetic cannabinoid Drugs
  • It is important to remember that chemicals are often being changed as the makers of Spice often alter them to avoid Drug laws
  • There are many chemicals that remain unidentified in products sold as Spice and it is therefore not clear how they may affect the user
  • Making Synthetic Marijuana the second most widely used class of illicit Drug after Marijuana among 12th graders
  • Use of these Drugs is associated with a rising number of deaths
  • People who use Synthetic cannabinoid report some effects similar to those produced by Marijuana
  • People who use Spice may also face a range of withdrawal symptoms
  • Enterprising Drug manufacturers used the directions to make illicit Drugs they could sell
  • These products are likely to contain substances that cause dramatically different effects than the user might expect
  • These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they are similar to chemicals found in the Marijuana plant
  • The rise of Synthetic Marijuana is complex and its name is deceiving
  • The Drug enforcement administration has made many of the active chemicals  found in Spice illegal
  • Which may increase the negative side effects of Synthetic Marijuana
  • People who use Spice a lot may have  withdrawal  symptoms if they try to quit
  • He says that by the time Drug enforcement officials figure out what chemical is in a Drug and get regulations passed
  • The only real similarities between Spice and weed is the way it works and the fact that you smoke it
  • Nps are unregulated mind altering substances that have become newly available on the market and are intended to produce the same effects as illegal Drugs
  • People who have had bad reactions to Spice report symptoms like
  • Drug dealers got smart and started to figure out that you could make a very small change to the chemical structure
  • Because the chemical composition of many Synthetic cannabinoid products is unknown and may change from batch to batch
  • Many of them also use other Drugs
  • Shocking stories about the use of the Synthetic Marijuana
  • Because the chemicals used in Spice have a high potential for abuse and no medical benefit
  • We don't always know what's in a Synthetic Drug
  • I can’t even explain what it was like
  • Which classified many of the active ingredients in these products as schedule i Drugs the same category as heroin and ecstasy
  • Some Spices are not always available either fresh or whole
  • A family of herbal mixtures that produce effects similar to that of Marijuana
  • These groups are much more likely to report high rates of Drug dependency
  • Its effects are sometimes very different from Marijuana
  • We still do not know all the ways Spice may affect a person’s health or how toxic it may be
  • Federal and new york state authorities are working to eliminate these Drugs from the streets
  • They are not safe and may affect the brain much more powerfully than Marijuana their actual effects can be unpredictable and
  • Given the rapidly evolving nature of the recreational Drugs market and the lack of globalised Drug control legislation
  • The main reasons people smoke Spice are that it’s both strong and cheap
  • The first reports of these Drugs appeared in the united states
  • Prolonged Marijuana use can affect a young person's developing brain and lead to problems with memory
  • Sellers of the Drug try to lead people to believe it is natural and therefore harmless
  • Usually the chemicals are sprayed onto plant materials to make them look like Marijuana
  • A Spice may be available in several forms fresh
  • For more statistics on teen Drug use
  • Calls to poison control centers due to Synthetic cannabinoid use jumped by 240 percent
  • That’s why it’s important to look beyond the dehumanizing zombie accusations you’ll see in the press and try to understand people’s motivations for using Spice
  • Dependence means that you need to keep taking the Drug to avoid withdrawal symptoms like headaches
  • The first Synthetic cannabinoid which reacts with the body in the same way as cannabis was identified on the recreational Drug market
  • The specific type of chemical in the mixture is less important than how much chemical there is compared to what has been put in to provide bulk
  • But a wide range of laboratory made chemicals designed to mimic the effects of the well known psychoactive compound in Marijuana called thc
  • Have likely contributed to their use among young people
  • Which could lead to much stronger effects
  • Variations of the Drug are technically legal to sell
  • Are at risk of mental health issues from their use
  • Tolerance means that your body no longer responds to the Drug in the same way
  • The work involved creating Synthetic compounds that acted in a similar way
  • Along with several of the individual chemicals used to make it
  • There are signs that it could be even more extreme when using Synthetic cannabis
  • Although the consequences of long term regular use are not well defined
  • Because they can contain many different active ingredients
  • And you need to take more and more of it to have the same effects
  • But can be over 100 times more potent and produce wildly different effects compared to actual weed
  • Which may mean a lengthy amount of time in care — particularly if in the patient is suffering from schizophrenia
  • The same Drug can be totally different depending on when you buy it
  • The effects are said to be much stronger than herbal cannabis and pose much greater risks
  • Recalled to the washington post the first time he heard about the Drug
  • You don’t know what you’re putting into your body—or what those unknown ingredients can do once they get inside you
  • These two factors make it difficult for scientists and even users themselves to give an accurate description or profile
  • Sometimes it feels like you're the only one who doesn't know—but your friends often have the same questions as you
  • There are numerous reports of people having heart attacks and strokes and even dying after taking the Drug
  • Its effects are well known and you cannot kill yourself with it
  • Crack and even alcohol as the Drug of choice
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  • The people who are manufacturing it have already stopped making it and started making another Drug
  • Its users struggle to find specific treatment or treatment programs to get themselves clean
  • But it's hard to know how much of the Drug it takes to overdose
  • If you don’t know what it’s made of
  • This means they can’t stop using it even when they really want to and even after it causes terrible consequences to their health and other parts of their lives
  • And can produce much stronger effects
  • You can totally understand why somebody in tough circumstances may see appeal in such a Drug
  • Because the chemicals used in them have no medical benefit and a high potential for abuse
  • Addiction and acts of violence as a result of regular use tend to be among prisoners and homeless people
  • You can wind up with different amounts of the Drug
  • Leading to slightly different effects and levels of potency between each separate batch
  • Which leaves the possibility that negligent producers can unwittingly create highly concentrated hotspots within a single bag
  • Labels also often claim that they contain natural material taken from a variety of plants
  • Some states have made it a crime to try to get around the law with this claim
  • The people who make these products try to avoid these laws by using different chemicals in their mixtures
  • They're made from dried plant materials that have been sprayed with mind altering chemicals
  • Health care providers should screen patients for possible co occurring mental health conditions
  • Each product can contain one chemical or a cocktail of different chemicals
  • While many of us will have had that slightly disturbing increased heart rate after smoking a joint a bit too fast
  • And often must be purchased in ground form
  • You will find information and resources related to evidence based treatment models
  • And that’s pretty much how they themselves describe it
  • Some of these substances may have been around for years but have reentered the market in altered chemical forms
  • Instead of trying to focus on specific chemicals
  • Has also reported a sharp rise in visits to emergency rooms and calls to poison control centers across america
  • That's hard to know for sure
  • But it's been hard for law enforcement to go after everyone who sells these products especially when many of them are street dealers or online sellers
  • To make things more complicated
  • Medical systems based upon herbs could be found in china
  • Treatment for addiction takes many forms and depends on the needs of the individual



References


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  2. https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/18/health/k2-synthetic-weed-explainer/index.html
  3. https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/news/20180910/k2-spice-what-to-know-about-these-dangerous-drugs
  4. https://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/04/24/what-is-spice-drug/
  5. https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/spice
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spice
  7. https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/synthetic-cannabinoids-k2spice
  8. https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/drugs/spice-k2/what-spice-looks-like/
  9. https://www.spiceworks.com/
  10. http://theconversation.com/what-is-spice-and-why-is-the-drug-so-dangerous-60600