It seems like every time you turn around there is a new drug hitting the streets and the media. Recently, the trend has become a variety of synthetic, or “designer” drugs. One that has been around long enough to know that it is bad news is called K2, or Spice.
For awhile, it seemed like a harmless trend, but it has been found to be a persistent and deceptive drug that is indeed dangerous. Unfortunately, it is being marketed as a harmless alternative to marijuana, and can be easily purchased.
What Is K2 And Spice?
Spice and K2are synthetic cannabinoids that are man-made and often sprayed onto dried plant material so they can be smoked. Spice is a liquid, and it can also be vaped or otherwise ingested. K2 and Spice are marketed as being “fake” marijuana that is legal and harmless. The reality is that these synthetic chemical drugs are far from either being marijuana or being safe. In fact, they are far more dangerous than pot, and in some cases may even be life-threatening.
Synthetic cannabinoids are a part of a larger group of drugs known as “new psychoactive substances” and they are unregulated. These chemicals are created and used with the intention of giving the user the same effect they would get from other illicit drugs, such as marijuana or ecstasy.
The problem with these new psychoactive drugsis that they are often more powerful than the actual drug they are imitating, but they can be easily obtained, sometimes even from smokeshops or online stores. In some cases, newer synthetic, or “designer” drugs aren’t illegal. This can fool people into thinking that they are safe.
An important thing to know is that synthetic cannabinoids vary widely. They are not one substance, they are many. New synthetic cannabinoids are created all the time. They are pretty much all marketed as being either K2 or Spice. One “batch” of K2/Spice may be completely different in composition than another, meaning that dosage and effects will not be the same.
What Are The Dangers Of K2/Spice Abuse?
One of the main dangers of Spice and K2 use is that the synthetic drug is not uniform, predictable or regulated. The drugs are manufactured most often in large, overseas superlabs and their goal is to make money. They are not pouring funds into research to be sure that their product is safe. They are creating chemical compounds one day and putting them out on the street the next. They are trying to create a powerful drug that is addictive so they can make more money. They are not worried about long-term effects.
If you are an adolescent who is experimenting with drugs you may be told that Spice or K2 is a harmless drug not much different from weed, but it is a man-make chemical substance that hasn’t been tested for long-term or even short-term effects.
Some of the problems that have been associated with K2/Spice include nausea, vomiting, elevated heart rate, violent behavior, depression, suicidal thoughts, paranoia and death.
Is K2/Spice Addictive?
Yes. You can be addicted to Spice. In fact, it is far more addictive than marijuana, and addiction happens fast. Addiction can quickly take over your life and cause grave consequences. After using the drug regularly you may experience the following withdrawal symptoms when you go without:
When you become psychologically dependent on a drug it becomes the most important thing in your life. You arrange your world around your drug use. If it gets in the way of your using, you avoid it. If you can’t get more of the drug, you become anxious and begin thinking of ways to get more.
You will put your drug use in front of relationships, family, work, school and other responsibilities. When this happens, it is a sign that you are in need of a K2/Spice abuse rehab.
Signs Of K2/Spice Addiction
The effects of K2/Spice may be similar to marijuana. The user may experience an elevated mood, sense of euphoria and well-being and relaxation. He or she may also experience confusion, lack of coordination, lowered judgement and paranoia.
You may not know if K2 use has become a problem, for you or a loved one. It isn’t always easy to tell whether drug use has gone from recreational to addictive. Here are some typical signs:
- Withdrawing from family and friends that don’t use.
- Loss of interest in activities that are not related to drug use.
- Problems at work or school because of drug use.
- Inability to quit or cut down even when you want to.
- Friends or family coming to you with concerns about drug use.
How Do You Get Help For K2 Abuse?
If you are trying to quit using K2/Spice and you can’t, or you are concerned that a loved one is abusing Spice, a treatment center can help.
A K2/Spice abuse rehab can help you overcome addiction and give you your life back. Treatment may be inpatient or outpatient, and may last from 30 to 90 days, typically, although some treatment centers last six months or longer.
Treatment helps you break the habit of using, learn healthy ways to cope with problems and improve self-esteem and self-worth. Treatment works for people every day, and it can work for you or your loved on.
Finding A K2/Spice Addiction Rehab
If you are looking for a treatment center, it is important that you find one that best fits your needs. Whether you are looking for treatment for yourself or your teenager, Need Rehab can connect you with a high-quality rehab either in your immediate area or another city or state, if you prefer.
Need Rehab only recommends the best and most reputable treatment centers and can answer any questions you have about prospective rehabs. Call Need Rehab today at 877-798-2907 to find out more.