You may have heard of a drug called spice, also called fake pot, synthetic marijuana, and some other names. Despite such names, it is not marijuana. It is not natural. Spice is dangerous. Here are some of the side effects of spice you need to know.
Spice is one of the most insidious and dangerous drugs to ever be on the market. More on those side effects later, but first, here are some identifying features:
The only way to avoid spice, then, is to know what it is and what the packaging isn’t saying.
Spice does not contain spices or marijuana, despite some packaging claims to being “herbal.” It may have gotten the name “fake pot” because it is often manufactured to look like dried marijuana leaves, and the chemicals sprayed, laced or contained within the liquid versions are usually produced to replicate THC, the primary psychedelic component of actual marijuana.
Lawmakers in many states have tried to make the ingredients in spice illegal. After all, regulating the ingredients most often used to make methamphetamines helped curb the meth crisis in the US. But spice can contain any chemical—there’s no regulation or even “standard” for a drug like that.
When people buy something called “heroin” they at least expect it to be similar, even if it turns out to be the stronger and deadlier fentanyl instead. Spice can be sold under any name and contain absolutely any chemical the manufacturer chooses. In the main places where the compounds for this drug are made, like China, the chemicals are not illegal. The ingredients are smuggled into the US, but then they can change so frequently and so quickly that trying to regulate it has proven to be a nightmare.
Speaking of nightmares, the potential side effects of spice are frightening. Like other drugs, it can be addictive. Since it is unregulated and the formula changed continuously, there’s no real predicting the outcome of taking even one dose, but potential side-effects include:
Of course, all of these are in addition to what might be considered more “normal” drug reactions, like addiction, brain damage, liver or kidney damage.
The most important thing to do about spice is never to take it, not even once, and to educate others about it is so that they do not use this substance either. But if you or a loved one have used this drug or may be showing the signs of the side effects of spice, give us a call to get help now.