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“Spice” – Not as Fun as it Sounds

Sara Bellum

SBB first alerted teens to the dangers of Spice in February 2011. Check out the post below.

Spice—also known as K2, Fake Marijuana, Skunk, and other names—is a synthetic (or man-made) substance made from shredded dried plant materials and chemicals. Spice appears to stimulate the same brain receptors—molecules that recognize specific chemicals and transmit messages into cells—as marijuana does and produces a similar “high.”

Like marijuana, Spice is usually abused by smoking, but it can be prepared as a drink.

Because Spice is marketed as being “natural,” some people may think it’s safe to use. But the ingredients used to make Spice can vary, and no one’s watching to see what people producing Spice are using—meaning the results could have dangerous effects on your body and brain. Some mixtures even contain harmful metal residues.

Nothing Nice

Spice is illegal in the United States and in most European countries. And several local governments (Florida, Arizona, Maryland, and more) are taking an even tougher approach to banning the chemicals in Spice to help police better enforce the laws.

Spice products are labeled “not fit for human consumption” and are illegal in the United States and most European countries. Its side effects, like the ingredients, often vary, but emergency rooms report seeing people with rapid heart rates, vomiting, agitation, and hallucinations.

Using Spice can lead to abuse and even addiction as the body builds up tolerance to the drug’s effects over time and craves a higher dose to achieve the same effect.

Our recommendation? Get your highs the natural way: exercise, friends, music, whatever you like to do—without altering your brain’s chemistry!

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Comments

It isnt illegal in the U.S.

@555 As stated in the post, "Spice is illegal in the United States and in most European countries. And several local governments (Florida, Arizona, Maryland, and more) are taking an even tougher approach to banning the chemicals in Spice to help police better enforce the laws."

For information about the legality of drugs, please visit the DEA's website: http://www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml.

Using Spice can lead to abuse and even addiction as the body builds up tolerance to the drug’s effects over time and craves a higher dose to achieve the same effect. using spice is one of the most method to make the meal delicious but we should use in the suitable level to safe for our health.

@Y8 You raise an important point. Spice the drug (also known as K2) is different than the spices you use to cook. Spice the drug can have many negative effects including addiction. When we talk about  “spice” on NIDA for Teens and the Sara Bellum Blog we are talking about the drug (which goes by other names such as K2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks) we are not talking about the spices you use to flavor your food like cumin, pepper, and cinnamon. For more information about Spice the drug, visit: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/spice.

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