Spice K2

Spice or “K2” is a stronger and riskier synthetic version of marijuana. It is usually obtained via the internet, at small convenience stores, gas stations, or smoke shops under the category of herbal smoking blends, incense or potpourri. Being synthetic designer drugs with psychoactive properties, they are often labeled as “not for human consumption” to shield manufacturers, retailers and sellers from criminal prosecution.

To make these synthetic cannabinoids more appealing to youths, they are often given exotic and extravagant names. Some of the popular street names by which synthetic marijuana is known include Smoke, Skunk, Fire and Black Magic.

It is a highly potent liquid, often sprayed on plant matter to simulate real marijuana, but causes a high that is many times more intense. In addition to potpourri and incense, liquid cannabinoids can be vaporized through electronic cigarettes and other devices.

Abusing Spice/K2

The easy availability and the false assumption that Spice/K2 is safer has contributed to the higher rate of Spice/K2 use, no wonder why it is the second-most popular illegal drug used by high school seniors. Due to its potential to cause a “high,” synthetic marijuana can be addictive and can produce uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, resulting in a number of side effects.

Following are some of the reasons why users of marijuana tend to get into K2 abuse:

  • Lower cost
  • Longer lasting effects
  • Inaccurate assumption of being safer than marijuana
  • Doesn’t show up on standard drug tests
  • Produces similar elevated mood and relaxation effects as marijuana

The unpredictable dangers associated with synthetic marijuana compounds have led to the substance being branded as a “designer drug,” placing its active ingredients on the list of controlled substances in recent years.

Spice/K2 abuse: signs and symptoms

An individual using Spice/K2 can experience more adverse effects compared to the effects of smoking weed. However, just like regular marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids, including K2/Spice, can cause dependence, addiction and withdrawal symptoms in regular users.

Following are some of the symptoms of Spice/K2 abuse:

  • Accelerated breathing
  • Altered perception of time and space
  • Catatonia
  • Drowsiness
  • Elevated heartbeat and blood pressure
  • Emotional detachment
  • Uncontrollable laughter
  • Hallucinations
  • Impaired judgment
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Profound anxiety and paranoia
  • Profuse sweating
  • Psychosis
  • Red eyes
  • Reduced motivation
  • Short-term memory loss

Continued use of Spice/K2 can lead to a psychological and chemical dependence on it. Extremely addictive in nature, an abrupt stoppage of the drug after continued or frequent use may produce uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, including drug cravings, inability to sleep, depression, psychotic episodes, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

K2/Spice abuse: side effects

Compared to regular marijuana, K2/Spice abuse produces a wider range of physical and psychological effects and some of these effects can even be life-threatening. A staggering number of emergency room calls alone speaks volumes about the true dangers and toxicity of the drug.

Following are some of the side effects of Spice/K2 abuse:

  • Acute kidney failure
  • Toxic hepatitis
  • Reduced blood flow to the heart
  • Seizures
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Violent behavior
  • Heart attack

Because of the extreme potency of the Spice/K2 synthetic compounds, including the various fillers that they are adulterated with, the risks of Spice/K2 abuse are exponentially greater than those posed by marijuana alone.

Treatment for Spice/K2 addiction

A comprehensive treatment for Spice/K2 addiction includes medically assisted detoxification treatment followed by targeted behavioral therapies, counseling and other proven treatment options. Considered the first step in addiction treatment, supervised detox program at certified Spice/K2 detox centers can help control the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms and get the patient ready for further course of treatment.

Following a successful detox, patients must undergo behavioral therapies to uncover any hidden physical or mental causes behind their addiction and also to learn effective coping mechanisms to deal with life stressors after the treatment. Since most of the effects of synthetic marijuana are related to the brain, treatment must include cognitive restoration as well as physical rehabilitation.

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At Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego, our team of highly trained professionals frequently works with cases involving synthetic marijuana abuse. In addition to individual, group and family therapies, we also offer experiential therapies like yoga, meditation and equine therapies.

We are accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed to treat mental health with separate tracks for substance abuse and co-occurring conditions. Sovereign Health also has adult facilities nationwide with varying specializations.

In addition to clinically proven treatments including Spice/K2 detox treatment, Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego provides top-notch addiction treatment through a host of evidence-based modalities like:

  • Biopsychosocial assessment
  • Varying levels of care
  • Cognitive modalities
  • Alternative therapies
  • Dual diagnosis treatment

What sets us apart is the belief that blanket, catch-all treatments will increase the risk of a relapse. For wellness to be lasting, treatment must be individualized. Tailored recovery plans along with progressive treatment modalities, enfolded in a safe and comfortable environment, promote full and lasting rehabilitation.

By treating dangerously effective new drugs with evidence-based programs, Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego offers patients a chance to achieve a lasting recovery through our commitment to “A Better Way to a Better Life.” For more information on our holistic addiction treatment programs or to locate our state-of-the-art treatment centers near you, call our 24/7 helpline. You can even chat online with our representatives for further assistance.

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