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
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 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:
- Rapid heart rate
- 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.