What happens to your body when you use Spice?

Short-Term Effects

People who use synthetic cannabinoid report some effects similar to those produced by marijuana:

  • relaxation
  • elevated mood
  • altered perception (changes in awareness of objects and conditions)
  • psychosis (feeling detached from reality)

People who have had bad reactions to Spice report symptoms like:

  • fast heart rate
  • throwing up
  • extreme anxiety or nervousness
  • hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there)
  • feeling confused
  • violent behavior
  • suicidal thoughts

In a few cases, it has been linked with heart attacks and death.

We still do not know all the ways Spice may affect a person’s health or how toxic it may be, but it is possible that there may be harmful heavy metal residues in Spice mixtures.

Infographic about Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice)

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