Spice is a variety of herbal mixtures that cause similar physical, emotional and psychological experiences as marijuana, or cannabis. It was once considered a safe alternative to marijuana but is now considered to be more potent than traditional weed.
The drug contains dried, shredded plant leaves and stem that have been laced with synthetic chemical additives. Since the mixture varies, the effects of the drug are unpredictable at best.
Street names for spice include:
- Moon Rocks
- Yucatan Fire
The Effects of K2
Spice is mainly abused by smoking and is sometimes mixed with marijuana. An alternative means of ingesting spice is steeped as an herbal infusion for drinking. Some reported effects include:
- Elevated mood
- Altered perception
- Increased appetite or the munchies
- Red or bloodshot eyes
- Extreme anxiety
- High blood pressure
- Myocardial ischemia or reduced blood floe to the heart, which can result in a heart attack
- Death from violent behavior caused by the drug or suicide
Some users report that the effects of spice are stronger, more powerful and unpredictable than those effects from marijuana. The high happens faster and is up to 10 times more intense than that of marijuana.
Since the mix of chemicals used to make spice varies, the effects of one batch can differ from another.
According to recent statistics, twice as many young males use spice as their female counterparts. The effects cumulative, and spice stays in the system for a long period of time so additional doses of the drug continue to add to the body’s load. K2 can cause intense cravings for more and, subsequently, taking more can cause a chemical dependency.
The chemicals used in spice are usually not detected in standard drug tests, which makes it a popular choice among the general population as well as with military personnel.
Treatment Plan for Addiction
Spice can be a dangerous and highly addictive drug. If detox from spice is needed, there are treatment centers available and can be done as an inpatient in a drug detox or rehab facility where there is a medical support team. It is important for the addict to be in a safe environment where he or she can be medically and emotionally evaluated and treated. There are short-term and long-term ramifications to spice detox.
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