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Spice Withdrawal

Spice Withdrawal is Real!

While many people would like to dismiss the addiction potential of Spice, the truth is that Spice can cause BOTH physical dependence and addiction. If you use Spice regularly for a period of a few weeks or more, then you will become dependent on the psychoactive ingredients found in Spice. But what can you expect if you quit?

We invite you to read more about Spice withdrawal symptoms and how to cope with them here. Then, if you have any questions or personal experiences to share, you can post them in the comments section at the end. We try to respond to all of our readers personally and promptly.
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Withdrawal does not need to be dangerous
Medical experts can make this process more comfortable.
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What Triggers Spice Withdrawal Symptoms?

Prolonged use of Spice can cause a person to become physically and psychologically dependent on the synthetic cannabinoids found in Spice. Once physically dependent, a sudden drop in the amount usually taken will provoke withdrawal. What are the signs that you are physically dependent?

If you feel the need to:

  • increase your dose amount to be able to reach the same initial high
  • increase your frequency of use to reach the same initial high
  • change the way you take Spice to try to get “higher”

…these are signs of physical Spice dependence. They indicate that your body (and brain) have adapted to the chemicals in Spice. In fact, you’e developed a tolerance to them. And when your system becomes accustomed to the presence of Spice, it begins relying on it for regular function.

If you suddenly stop using Spice or significantly decrease your dose, the levels of Spice in your system will decrease. This throws the system off balance and results in a number of distressing and sometimes even potentially dangerous physical, emotional, and psychological effects. Severe cases of Spice withdrawal appears to occur in those who abuse Spice heavily or on a regular basis for a long time (months to years).

When Does Spice Withdrawal Start?

There are a handful of lucky Spice users that don’t get withdrawal symptoms when quitting their habit. For others, Spice withdrawal can start within a few hours after the last hit. The idea is that without the presence of cannabinoid chemical compounds, the brain cannot function as normal.

How Long Does Spice Withdrawal Last?

The duration of Spice withdrawal in typical cases has been said to last for up to 3 or 4 days. However, cravings and some other symptoms may persist for several weeks. However, duration of any detox if highly individual. Withdrawal recovery time will depend on a person’s age, gender, general health, and use patterns. As withdrawal is the time during which the brain is restored to its original, pre-Spice balance…getting medical help can be critical to success.

Getting Through Withdrawal

Going through withdrawal from Spice is not easy, but it’s a necessary step in order to be Spice-free. A good support system can help anyone can get through it with success. While it’s a very hard and stressful process, it doesn’t last forever and the withdrawal only lasts temporarily. But when should you seek medical help?

We’d suggest that you get through Spice withdrawal under medical supervision ANY TIME YOU WANT TO QUIT. This is because Spice is unpredictable. Not only have people experienced very severe hallucinations during an overdose, they have also reported very uncomfortable symptoms during withdrawal.

What are Spice Withdrawal Symptoms?

The effects of Spice withdrawal can be highly unpleasant and they include:

  • anxiety
  • cold flashes
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • excessive sweats
  • flu-like symptoms
  • hot flashes
  • intense Spice cravings
  • isolation
  • loss of appetite or inability to keep food down
  • lethargy
  • psychotic episodes
  • suicidal thoughts

Spice Withdrawal Timing

Spice withdrawal symptoms can begin within 2-3 hours after the last hit. The severity of the symptoms peaks in the next 3-4 days, after which they start getting weaker until they finally disappear. Some withdrawal symptoms may continue to persist for weeks or months.

Spice Withdrawal Medications

Perhaps you didn’t know that some cases of Spice withdrawal can be treated with prescription medicine. Spice detox and withdrawal symptoms are complicated. The following medications have been proven to be successful in certain cases of Spice withdrawal management:

  • Benzodiazepines for managing anxiety.
  • Clonidine for regulating high blood pressure.
  • Phenobarbital for seizure precaution.
  • Trazodone and Naltrexone for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Spice Withdrawal Tips

TIP #1. Seek medical help every time you prepare for withdrawal. If you can’t stay away from Spice, you’ve had repeated attempts to quit and each attempt ended in failure, you should consider entering Spice addiction treatment. Detoxing in a clinic can help you go safely through withdrawal, but further educational and behavioral treatment is needed to ensure a Spice-free life.

TIP #2. Avoid eating heavy meals and turn to light foods that won’t burden your stomach. If the smell food makes you feel nauseated, eat outside or in a well-ventilated room. You can also ask someone else to prepare your meals. Another trick that can help you deal with nausea is to avoid drinking fluids with your food. Try to stay in a seated position and don’t lie down right after you finish eating.

TIP #3. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Try to drink lots of water and other natural liquids.

TIP #4. Get as much exercise as you possibly can, even when you won’t be feeling like exercising. It will help you release stress from your body, but it will also make you tired. Being physically exhausted can help you sleep better at night.

TIP #5. Learn deep breathing, meditation, yoga or other muscle-relaxation exercise to better handle headache and muscle tension.

TIP #6. Learn to cope with negative thoughts. Remind yourself that the discomfort is only temporary and that it will go away in a few days. Avoid places and people that stress you out or cause negative emotions. Plan a variety of enjoyable activities to keep your mind busy and distract you from discomfort and cravings.

TIP #7.  Take hot showers and hot baths to relieve irritability and anxiety.

Spice Withdrawal Questions

Supervised detoxification, as a part of a medically assisted treatment approach, can help you go through Spice withdrawal as safely and comfortably as possible. Now, we’d like to invite your question.

In case you have something else you’d like to add or ask…please do! We invite you to send us your feedback and we’ll try to provide you with a prompt and personal response. We love hearing from our readers!

Reference Sources: NCBI: Withdrawal Phenomena and Dependence Syndrome After the Consumption of “Spice Gold”
NCBI: Beyond THC: The New Generation of Cannabinoid Designer Drugs
NIDA for TEENS: Spice
NIDA: Review summarizes research on health effects of K2/Spice

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