The Facts about Synthetic Cannabinoids – Spice

Fake High, Real Danger!

Synthetic marijuana is commonly known as Spice, “legal,” UR, 2nd Gen, Aroma Therapy, Herbal Sachets, K2, and a number of different generic names. Referring to the product as synthetic marijuana causes people to believe that it’s an alternative to marijuana, which is completely false.

These products usually consist of plant material, such as damiana leaves laced with synthetic cannabinoids that have been disolved in a solvent, such as acetone or formaldehyde.

What are Synthetic Cannabinoids:

Synthetic Cannabinoids

Most synthetic cannabinoids are categorized as “poison” by legitimate laboratories, which are required to post ‘Material Safety Data Sheets’ when handling these chemicals:

JWH 018 MSDS

Ingesting Spice has been compared to Russian Roulette:

Russian Roulette

Everyone reacts to the many different synthetic cannabinoids differently.  So, if a manufacturer changes the chemical they are using to lace their plant material, you may have a severe reaction, even though you had previously not experienced bad reactions to that particular brand.

What Does Spice Look Like?

  • Similar appearance to marijuana or dried leaves of potpourri.
  • It is usually sold in 1 to 3 gram packages.
  • Packed in colorful square metallic envelopes or small canisters.

Looks like

 

Occasionally, Cannabinoids are also occasionally sold in other forms, such as candy, brownies, drops.

Reported Side Effects

  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Heart Attacks
  • Vomiting
  • Strokes
  • Increased Heart Rate (Tachycardia) and Blood Pressure
  • Temporary Partial Paralysis
  • Increased Body Temperature
  • Temporary Inability to Feel Pain
  • Seizures or Tremors
  • Severe Headaches and migraines
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression and Exaggerated Thoughts of Suicide
  • Feeling of Impending Doom (or Death)
  • Agitation and Irritability
  • Panic Attacks and Anxiety
  • Excessive Sweating
  • Organ Failure
  • Mental Disorders
    • Psychosis
    • Schizophrenia
    • Anxiety Disorder
    • Dissociative Disorder
    • Paranoia Delusions
    • Depression
    • Suicidal ideation
  • Death

Side effects may continue for several months! If you see someone with these symptoms, call 911 or Poison Control at 800-222-1222.

 

Why is “Spice” so popular?

  • It can’t be detected in standard drug tests.
  • Not long ago, it was sold in nearly every gas station, convenient store and tobacco store in most communities.  In some states, it’s still sold in stores.
  • Because it was (is) sold in stores, it’s thought to be safe.  Many consider it to be a safe, and sometimes legal, alternative to marijuana.  However, it can be as dangerous as heroin, meth and PCP and is a felony to use, posses or sell.
  • Many young people do not follow the media reports of deaths and hospitalizations.

Why Should I be Concerned?

  • While most people smoke Spice as a marijuana alternative, it can be 10-500 times more potent, depending on the chemical compound and potency.
  • Every package purchased is a mystery package. Each has a different amount of unknown chemicals “randomly” sprayed. In other words, you don’t know what you are getting, and it has not been scientifically tested for safety.
  • Case studies verify serious, life-threatening side effects.
  • “Not for Human Consumption” is stamped on the packaging in an attempt to protect the sellers.  However, recent prosecutions prove, juries are not being fooled.
  • Although most synthetic cannabinoids have been federally banned, the “bad guys” are steps ahead, so that when one chemical compound is banned, they are ready with a new chemicals, which have never been seen on earth before and haven’t been tested for safety.

What Do We Know Scientifically?

  • Not Enough!!!
  • Few studies have been conducted to know short- or long-term effects
  • Case studies are varifying numerous life-threatening side-effects.  Many deaths have occured.

What Is Being Reported?

  • Use is  increasing!
  • More and more users are coming forward to report dangerous side effects. It is believed that there are many deaths attributed to Spice use. However, because some deaths are directly attributed to accidents or suicide, those are not statistically recorded as caused by synthetic cannabinoids. We keep a list of those reported in the news. Many of the victims families do not publicly share their stories.  Our list is limited
  • Synthetic cannabinoid products are thought to possibly be an 8 billion dollar industry

What can you do?

Talk to your legislators and Attorney General.  Give them the information included in the article which you can find in the link below:

What can  you do

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9 thoughts on “The Facts about Synthetic Cannabinoids – Spice

  1. i just seen a show on crime inc., csnbc… anyway i totally feel your pain.. and what max was going through before the accident.. ive been hooked on drugs for yearsssss.. ive tryed it all in the most MAXXED out was possible.. i took everything to the extreme alll the time. ive done the salts, and ive been on probation! so u know i tryed the fake weed. and outta all the drugs ive done.. i would recommoned narcotics before the salts n spices….they are dangerous as fuck! ive lost my mind for an hour plus at a time… my hearts raced like a nascar! my minds been like i said LOST….. ive been clean for a year now from everything except real POT.. THC….,but then i had to get a job and quit smoking pot for awhile. so i needed something i thought! i got some spice and was glued to my bed… scared me to death!!!! What your doing is RIGHT!!!! and i never thought id say it but god bless you and everyone who helps you get the word out!! even after i scared myself to death… a week later i went back to get more… and the dude behind the cointer said its illegall in Ohio now for good…. and it was a relief to knw theres no way i can get it now unless i mess around online… still till this day i have no idea y i went bk… but who ever got them to take it off the shelfs in ohio saved my life….. and alot of iiresponible friends lives also. still to this day.. i am in quest recovery programs… methadone program… doing good.. and day by day my mind clears more n more n shows like that are what make me think!! i dont need to go do another Fake drug.. to be happy….. and keep my mom happy!! sry im not good at typeing! MUCH LOVE curtis garr

    • Thanks for sharing, Curtis! Please stay clean. I’m so happy that you are in treatment and committed to staying off of drugs. Drugs take you on a road that goes nowhere but down. We wish you all of the happiness in the world!

      • I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child. With that being said, I think your efforts may be misguided. Maybe trying to combat synthetics is not the right course of action. Synthetics only came because safer, natural drugs are illegal. As long as non-toxic, and often healing drugs like marijuana, mushrooms, etc, remain illegal, there will be a never ending quest for new legal highs. IT WILL NEVER STOP. So I ask you, please, redirect your efforts to the legalization of marijuana. Had marijuana been illegal all this time, perhaps your son would have never turned to synthetics in the first place. With marijuana legal, who will use synthetics? The market will dissappear. Everything else is futile. If you are anti-marijuana, then I do not know what to tell you, other than marijuana doesn’t kill anybody, and evidence shows that it is a powerful medicine that, in the form of a concentrated extract, may even cure cancer.

        • The legalization of marijuana would not impact use of synthetic marijuana nearly as much as you think. Employers, military, social services, sports authorities, courts, treatment centers, parents, and others run drugs tests regularly and will continue to do so whether or not marijuana is legal. Because synthetic marijuana screening is not part of standard drugs tests people will continue to use synthetics in an effort to obtain negative test results. Synthetic drug testing is sometimes ineffective because new compounds are introduced into the market faster than labs can develop the new tests to detect them.

          • Then lets make sure people don’t get tested for marijuana, since it is a generally safe alternative to, well, everything. It is time for a paradigm shift, it is time to live and let live. We need to stupid pushing our citizens and our children “to the max”, because lets face it, people are going to do what they want to do. Synthetics would disappear with marijuana legalized, but you are right. If we keep pushing these crazy tests on everyone, and punishing them for their PERSONAL choices, then yeah…….people get desperate. I understand the whole testing thing. I’ve been addicted to the stuff twice, to the point where I was smoking it all day long, every single day, for months. Personally, it never caused me any problems, except for a few paranoid episodes (which in hindsight were actually kind of cool) and making me a bit poorer. We are doing this to our children. It is not the fault of the substance. It is the fault of we as parents, and we as whole society. Everyone needs to be accountable for their own actions. Seldom is a hand forced. Freedom, responsibility, and respect.

          • If it was only that simple! The legalization of marijuana would not impact use of synthetic marijuana nearly as much as you think. Employers, military, social services, sports authorities, courts, treatment centers, parents, and others run drugs tests regularly and will continue to test for marijuana, whether or not it is legal, much like alcohol. Because synthetic marijuana screening is not part of standard drugs tests people will continue to use synthetics in an effort to obtain negative test results. Synthetic drug testing is sometimes ineffective because new chemicals are introduced into the market faster than labs can develop the new tests to detect them. However, synthetic drug testing is getting more and more effective. The labs that develop these tests are working very hard to keep up with the influx of new chemicals entering the market.

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