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Smoking Spice

What are you doing to your body?

Smoking Spice in a joint is the most popular route of administration of synthetic marijuana. But Spice can be also mixed with marijuana or brewed as tea. Other users buy synthetic cannabinoid products as liquids to vaporize and smoke them in e-cigarettes. What do these do to your body?

What are the side effects of smoking Spice? Does it actually work to get you high? We answer these questions here.Then, we invite your questions and comments about smoking Spice in the comments section at the end.

Does smoking Spice work or get you high?

Does Spice get you high?

Yes! Spice gets you high.

Spice is a herbal mixture sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids, which mimics the effects of THC. When inhaled, these synthetic cannabinoids quickly pass from the lungs into the bloodstream and reaches brain and other organs. In the brain, Spice works by triggering chemical reactions and targeting the same receptors THC does (CB1 and CB2). The high usually begins immediately after Spice enters the brain and typically lasts for 1-3 hours.

Researchers from several scientific studies of the effects of Spice on the human brain, report that some synthetic cannabinoids have the ability to bind more strongly than marijuana to the cell receptors affected by THC. Given that some synthetic cannabinoids can be dozens to hundreds of times more potent than THC, it follows that Spice can produce much stronger high than marijuana.

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What does smoking Spice do to you?

Smoking Spice is a game of Russian roulette: You never know what to expect. Why?  The chemicals found in Spice vary from package to package, and potency can differ even within one single batch. Therefore, the effects of the synthetic drug are unpredictable and severe or even life-threatening.

In other words, you may feel fine one time after smoking Spice, and become extremely sick the next time you use Spice. Some may feel relaxed and “high”, others may experience euphoria or paranoia. Simply put, it cannot be certain what smoking Spice can do to you.

Spice also carries the risk of causing overdose. Toxic levels of the synthetic cannabinoids found in Spice mixes can lead to suicidal thoughts and violent behavior resulting in fatalities. Also, there have been a number of cases when individuals accidentally overdosed on Spice using the same amount as before, not knowing that the potency of the herbal mixture can vary from one batch to another. According to the most recent DAWN report Emergency Department visits involving synthetic cannabinoids totalled visits = 28K+ just a few years ago

Smoking Spice side effects

There are a number of adverse effects from smoking Spice. The most commonly occurring side effects of Spice include:

  • acute kidney failure
  • anxiety
  • hallucinations
  • increased heart rate
  • overdose
  • perception and mood alterations
  • paranoia
  • seizures
  • tachycardia
  • vomiting

Smoking Spice can also raise your blood pressure and cause reduced blood supply to the heart, as well as kidney damage and seizures. The use of this drugs is associated with a rising number of emergency room visits and even fatalities.

IMPORTANT: Poison Control Centers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for help and advice about exposures to Spice and its risks. Pharmacists and nurses certified in poison information are there to give advice or instruct you on what to do in case of an OD. All calls are free and confidential. Call the National Poison Control Center anytime if you think you’ve smoked too much Spice at 1-800-222-1222.

Smoking Spice on tin foil

Like marijuana, Spice cs smoked on tin foil. But when smoking Spice this way, you actually inhale the pure chemicals along with the burning foil. It is a common belief that smoking off of a tin foil can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, but a number of recent studies have indicated that the proposed link between Alzheimer’s disease and aluminium is weak or nonexistent. Still, think twice before smoking anything on tin foil…the pollutants can cause serious problems over time.

Smoking Spice with weed

Smoking Spice with weed is very likely to provoke intense reactions and severe side effects some of which may be life-threatening or fatal. In some cases, dealers may enhance what they might say is pure marijuana with Spice or another brand of synthetic cannabis. This can be especially risky for inexperienced or first time weed smokers.

Users who have mixed Spice with weed report that Spice is way stronger and it’s effects are far more potent than those of marijuana. In fact, they say you can only feel the effects of the Spice when you smoke the mix, and the weed is pretty much eliminated from your body by the time you come down from Spice…labelling it as pretty much useless.

Is smoking Spice bad for you?

Absolutely!

While the widespread accessibility and false advertising mask its initial purpose and make Spice appear less harmful than marijuana, in reality, Spice can be way more dangerous than marijuana.

This drug is a fairly new one, its long term effects on humans are not fully known, and there is very little researched on the dangers of Spice. Most of the reasons why Spice is bad from you come from the media that cover stories, and the reports of poison center experts…all of which testify about the dangerous, and often fatal outcomes of smoking Spice.

Smoking Spice questions

We hope this article answers some basic questions about smoking Spice. If you still have something you’d like to ask, please send us your questions via the comments section below. We try to answer all legitimate inquiries personally and promptly.

Reference sources: FBI: Synthetic Marijuana
NIH: Cannabicyclohexanol
NYC Health: K2 – Synthetic Cannabinoids
NIH: Synthetic Cannabinoids

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