Using Fake Weed
“Spice” is a general term; it describes a wide variety of herbal mixtures sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids. he reason why Spice is known as “fake weed” is due to the fact that it contains similar chemicals as the ones found in marijuana. As a psychoactive drug, Spice produces effects similar to marijuana.
Still, the main difference between Spice and marijuana are the effects. Moreover, Spice produces much stronger effects: Spice can tens to hundreds of times stronger than THC. So, is the use of Spice safe? What are the risks and consequences?
Learn more in the text below. If you still have questions about using Spice, we invite you to leave us a comment at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all real-life situations with a personal response.
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Why Is Spice Use So Popular?
Spice or synthetic marijuana is sold under many names, including the most popular Spice and K2. Fake weed also goes by other brand names such as, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks, Bliss, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Blaze, Genie, Zohai, JWH -018, -073, -250, and others. These herbal mixtures (sold as incense) are marketed as safe, legal alternatives to cannabis. However, each herbal mixtures contain dried, shredded plant material and unknown chemical additives that are responsible for their psychoactive effects.
Spice is most widely used by high school youth. Research has shown that nearly twice as many male high school seniors use synthetic marijuana, than females from the same age group. Here are some of the reasons why Spice abuse is so popular:
- Spice mixtures is inexpensive.
- It’s easy to get Spice as “incense”.
- Spice is marketed as a natural, safe, non-toxic product, and is falsely considered to be harmless.
- The chemical compounds used in Spice are not easily detected by standard drug tests.
- Spice packets are often colorful and artistic, designed to appeal to the youth’s style and flair.
- In states where Spice is legal, you don’t have to show any form of identification to buy it.
Spice Use Effects
Using Spice can be dangerous.
Packets are manufactured from illegal, synthetic compounds that produce strong effects. Often, you don’t know which exact synthetic cannibinoids have been sprayed on the herbs. In fact, Spice is quite stronger than marijuana. People who use Spice have reported the following side effects:
- Changes in perception
- Memory impairment
- Rapid heartbeat
- Suicidal thoughts
The side effects from smoking Spice can also be fatal. This can happen even after smoking only once, or after many experiences with the drug. Spice, K2 and related legal highs have been implicated in several cases of kidney failure and heart attacks.
Spice Recreational Use
Users claim that synthetic cannabinoids mimic tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Reports indicate the effects of Spice use are similar to the effects from marijuana, such as elevated mood, relaxation and altered perception. Other less pleasant side effects from Spice include psychotic symptoms, paranoia, increase anxiety and hallucinations. The negative side effects are reported to be more severe for Spice smokers than for those who smoke marijuana.
Like marijuana, Spice is used many ways. It can be:
- Smoked in a pipe
- Smoked in a joint
- Mixed with marijuana and smoked
- Prepared as a herbal tea for drinking
Long Term Spice Use
You can develop physical dependence on Spice if you smoke daily. When you become Spice dependent, the body adjusts to the chemical presence of the cannbinoids. Over time, the signals sent by the brain become the new “normal”, impairing a person’s ability to function normally without Spice in their system.
Psychological dependence on Spice can be very strong, and is said to be the reason why people continue to use it. The following signs can be the first indicators of Spice dependence:
- Emotional attachment to Spice
- Intense cravings
- Social problems resulting from Spice use
- The compulsive need to use the drug
Dependence after long-term Spice use can also be followed by an increased tolerance for the drug. Tolerance means that you need more of the drug more often to achieve initial effect.
Prolonged Use Of Spice
But what are some of the even more dangerous long-term effects of Spice? Testimonials from regular Spice users speak of the following adverse effects:
- Heart attack
- Heart damage
- Homicidal intentions
- Intense paranoia
- Long-term mental health problems
- Myocardial ischemia (reduced blood flow to the heart)
- Suicidal thoughts
Quitting Spice Use
Scientific studies on humans and animals have demonstrated no significant physical dependence on Spice, which means the withdrawal symptoms from this drug tend to be minimal. Still, withdrawal occurs when you’ve developed the habit of using Spice daily.
Spice withdrawal symptoms vary for different individuals and can last from 2 days up to 2 weeks. The duration and severity of the withdrawal depends on the use patterns, the amount smoked, the brand of synthetic marijuana used, and whether it was mixed with cannabis, tobacco or other substances.
Usually, withdrawal symptoms from Spice include:
- Excessive sweating
Spice Use Questions
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