It’s impossible to know what’s in the drug called “K2” or “Spice.” And that’s only one of the unpredictable things about it.
- Sprayed on dried plant material and smoked.
- Sold in liquid form and used with an e-cigarette or a vaporizer, or as a drink.
Check out the infographics below for the facts about K2/Spice.
K2/Spice is not marijuana.
- It’s often called “synthetic marijuana” or “fake weed” because some of its chemicals are like the chemicals in marijuana. But the effects of K2/Spice can be different and unpredictable; in some cases, they’re severe or even life-threatening.
- Shredded, dried plant material + man-made chemicals do not equal a “natural” drug.
You never know what you’re getting with K2/Spice.
- In 2014, 177 different synthetic cannabinoids were reported by authorities. The amount and type of chemicals change from one batch to another.
- When new laws make it illegal to use certain chemicals in K2/Spice, manufacturers of these drugs just change the chemicals they use.
The health effects of K2/Spice are unpredictable.
- These drugs act on many different receptors in the brain, including receptors that THC (found in marijuana) binds to. They produce unpredictable effects that can be dangerous.
- They can cause nausea and vomiting, rapid heart rate, paranoia, hallucinations, violent behavior, and suicidal thoughts.
Using K2/Spice can be harmful to your health.
- In 2016, there were 2,695 calls to poison control centers about people who were harmed by using K2/Spice. (The Poison Control Hotline is 1-800-222-1222.)
- About 28,531 ER visits were linked to synthetic cannabinoids in 2011. Thirty percent of these visits involved females; 70 percent involved males.
- Seventy-eight percent of these ER visits were among adolescents and young adults, ages 12 to 29.
The only sure thing about K2/Spice is that it’s dangerous.
Learn more: the real facts about marijuana.