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Spice (K2, Synthetic Marijuana, Synthetic Weed)

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Spice, also commonly known as K2, Synthetic Marijuana, and Synthetic Weed, is a man-made street drug consisting of chemicals sprayed on herbs. There is nothing natural about it, nor it is related to actual marijuana in any way. The effects of smoking Spice may mimic the feeling of smoking marijuana, but the main reasons people smoke Spice is: (1) because it is cheap, and (2) because it is known to be undetectable by most drug tests.

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About Spice (K2, Synthetic Marijuana, Synthetic Weed)

About Spice (K2, Synthetic Marijuana)

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Manufacturer's of Spice spray chemicals onto herbs and package them in shiny wrappers. If the chemicals are legal, they mark the package "not fit for human consumption" and sell it at convenience shops and the like. K2 chemical spray has no THC in it at all. As the DEA finds new formulations of K2, it cracks downs on the chemicals included in it. However, the manufacturers simply switch to a new formula of chemicals and it ends up back out on the street.

Synthetic Weed Withdrawal Symptoms & Side Effects

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Spice can, in some cases, mimic the effects of marijuana. However, it can also lead to extreme anxiety and hallucinations. In some cities, Spice has been elevated to a major public danger due to psychotic episodes of users, including some violent acts.

K2 Chemical Spray

K2 chemical spray affects the brain and produces effects similar to marijuana according to users. This means it elevates the moods, alters perception, and induces relaxation. While no proper human trials have been conducted to measure the effects of K2 on users, a large anonymous survey conducted in 2013 indicate that the negative effects of the synthetic cannabinoids found in K2 are greater than that from use of marijuana. For instance, users reported longer hangovers and increased paranoia as common side effects,

Other evidence collected after that shows that K2 produces more negative effects such as hallucinations, aggressive behavior, psychoses, agitation, panic attacks, anxiety, short term memory deficits, seizures, hypertension, respiratory depression, acute kidney injury, and acute myocardial infarction.

The American Association of Poison Control Center reported that in 2010 more than 2,500 calls related to poisoning by K2 were received compared to just 53 the previous year. There are no reported deaths from K2 use, though there are reports of addiction and terrible withdrawal symptoms among users.

Spice K2 (Synthetic Weed) Drug Test

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Health Street offers a Spice (K2, Synthetic Marijuana, Synthetic Weed Drug Test) which tests specifically for this dangerous street drug. Remember, marijuana tests do not detect synthetic weed. Only a specially designed test for this substance will detect it.

Variety of Synthetic Cannabinoids

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One of the major dangers of K2 chemical spray is the increasingly greater variety of synthetic cannabinoids now available. While in 2009, only two were identified, now there are 51. Some of these being known as K2, Spice, Joker, Black Mamba, Kush, and Kronic. This makes it more difficult for Drug Enforcement to keep track of the different varieties available. The risks of usage are also greater because the formula for the manufacture of K2 is changing constantly to keep ahead of the DEA. Moreover, there are no manufacturing norms, quality controls, or regulatory oversight for production.

K2 Spice exists in a misty world of apparent legality while being a schedule 1 substance, seeming innocuousness while being an unregulated chemical, and a false sense of being like marijuana, when it really has nothing in common with weed.