What is Spice?

What is spice? That’s a great question. Spice is a synthetic marijuana made from a mixture of chemicals that mirror the effects of traditional marijuana. The high people get when they smoke spice is more intense and lasts longer than regular cannabis. Spice contains dried plant matters that are sprayed with chemicals known as synthetic cannabinoids, or “syncanns.” Users of drugs sprayed with syncanns describe a feeling of intense anxiety followed by paranoia, which in some instances lasts for weeks.

What is Spice- The Dangers of Smoking Spice

Syncanns are extremely potent and users experience intense highs in very small doses. Reports suggest a dose as small as a matchhead can produce the same intoxicating effects of one single marijuana cigarette. The side effects of smoking spice include vomiting, seizures, uncontrollable body movements and an increased heart rate. There have been instances of people suffering massive heart attacks after smoking just one hit of spice.

Spice and Mental Health Problems

Regular users of spice report that when they smoke the drug, they start to hallucinate and sometimes experience intense feelings of suicide or homicide, according to SpiceAddictionSupport.org. Studies also suggest that users of spice experience continuing hallucinations after several months of smoking the drug.

The effects of smoking spice vary from package-to-package, and this is due in large part to the inconsistent manufacturing of the drug. Some manufacturers of spice have been accused of using concrete mixers and nail polish remover in their mixtures creating so-called “hot spots,” where one section of the package containing the drug is much stronger than other sections. Some users report that smoking one package of spice might cause them to feel relaxed while another package causes them to feel hallucinogenic or paranoid.

How Manufacturers Sell Spice

For years, manufacturers of spice would advertise the drug as an herbal incense. Consumers could buy the drug in colorful packets or buy it in liquid form advertised as e-cigarettes. Manufacturers would market the drug under specific brand names, including K-2, Mr. Nice Guy, Black Mamba, Kronic and Kush. Users of the drug could easily buy it over the internet, at novelty stores or at their local gas stations and convenience stores. However, since the drug has no medical benefits and researchers report the drug as highly addictive, states are now cracking down on the production and manufacturing of spice.

In order to sidestep each state’s effort to crack down on spice, manufacturers will change the chemical composition in order to advertise the drug as a natural product with no harmful effects. The problem with changing the chemical composition is the drug often becomes more powerful with far more intense side effects, which could ultimately lead to deadlier consequences.  Researchers remain consistent on one point, the drug is wildly inconsistent.