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K2/Spice Treatment

K2, or spice as it is often referred to, are both different names for synthetic marijuana which is a chemically modified substance that produces a feeling of being in an altered state similar to marijuana. The chemicals used in K2 or Spice are created to be similar to the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana which is THC. K2 is typically sold as an incense product or potpourri, and usually, has a “not for human consumption” label on it.

The “safe” label is only a loophole that allows this substance to be sold legally, but just because something is sold legally does not mean you should try it. Even if you do not get incredibly sick from taking this synthetic drug and continue to use it, there is a risk of addiction

K2 and Spice Treatment

How Do People Get Addicted?

People get addicted to spice because they inaccurately believe that the drug is better, in terms of safety and addictiveness, than marijuana. They also believe it is ok because they can purchase it legally nor will not show up on a drug test, and therefore cannot be bad, which is also a fallacy of thought. Synthetic marijuana can be smoked, which is most common, brewed and drank like tea or put into edibles.

The manufacturers of this dangerous drug promote it as a legal and safer alternative to marijuana, but significant scientific evidence shows that information is simply not true. On top of that, spice is much easier for people to get their hands on than most of the other drugs. Synthetic marijuana has been found to be sold in smoke shops, on the internet, and even in gas stations. The availability and ease in which someone can get the drug can fuel the addiction.

The Real Dangers of Using K2/Spice

Many people who use synthetic marijuana are looking for the feeling of relaxation and possibly a mood elevator. The unfortunate part is that the actual ingredients found in the synthetic marijuana vary from brand to brand and batch to batch, making knowing what you are actually putting in your body unknown. From what scientist have found, some of the chemicals used to produce K2 were the same substances found in fertilizers and cancer treatments. Individually, many of the chemicals used are not meant for human consumption, so there is no real way to determine the type and level of the adverse effects the user may have.

Its Own Set of Side Effects

Although spice is thought of to be like marijuana and have the same effect, in reality, it has its own set of side effects that differ from real marijuana, especially after long-term use. Some of the side effects of synthetic marijuana use are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Sweating profusely
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Heart attacks
  • Kidney damage

Treatment for K2/Spice Addiction

As with all drugs, psychological addiction to synthetic marijuana is possible and possibly dangerous. The drug is so addictive that even people who have had negative experiences with drug continue to use. Continued use can cause strong withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit the drug. K2 withdrawal symptoms include severe anxiety, diarrhea, and nausea. Overcoming the bad symptoms and the addiction can be achieved through behavioral treatments and therapies, counseling, and other available programs. If you or a loved one is struggling with K2/Spice/ synthetic marijuana addiction contact a treatment center today to begin your road to recovery.

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