Spice is one of the most popular brands of synthetic cannabis and is also known as Genie, K2, fake weed, or Zohai. Spice can be found in head shops everywhere and can even be purchased online. It is sold as incense, but users smoke it and find that the effects are similar to those of marijuana.
Since the effects of Spice are similar to those of marijuana, many people smoke it for the same reasons – to get away from life's problems and enjoy the high feeling. Many users, in fact, mix the drug with marijuana for a more intense high. Also like marijuana, there are side effects: researchers have found Spice can cause dry mouth, red eyes, anxiety attacks, nausea, increased pulse rate and hallucinations. When smoked over a long period of time, users develop a tolerance to the drug and find that they must smoke more and more to get the same high. As a result, some users develop a chemical dependency.
Spice has been found to contain JWH-018, JWH-073 and HU-210, all of which are artificial chemical compounds. None of these chemicals are guaranteed safe for human consumption. JWH-018 is a chemical fertilizer that can cause the negative effects of marijuana at much lower dosages, JWH-073 has been listed by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a chemical concern and HU-210 has been found to be between 100 to 800 times more potent than THC, the main active chemical in marijuana.
Because it is a designer drug – a drug that has been modified to take advantage of loopholes in the legal system – and is relatively new, Spice is currently not illegal in most U.S. states, despite having so many of the same properties as marijuana. Spice is difficult to detect and regulate, since the drug does not show up on the same tests that work for marijuana. Many European countries have deemed the chemical components of Spice illegal and several U.S. states have done so as well. This is a development that has taken place only within the past few years. Howerver, more and more states are bound to follow suit and illegalize Spice, since the drug is little more than a substitute for marijuana.
Because of its similarities to marijuana, Spice addiction is treated in a similar fashion. However, that does not mean treatment is guaranteed to be easy. Each Spice user has different body chemistry and uses the drug under different circumstances. Rather than try to go cold turkey on your own, it is always safer to call experienced professionals to help you. Our clinicians will design a treatment plan that will help you attain a life worth living without relying on Spice.