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What Is Spice?

Spice is a name given to a group of synthetic compounds which fall into the same classification as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), one of the active ingredients in marijuana. However, unlike THC, there are numerous synthetic compounds, each slightly different from one to the next.

The compounds are typically in liquid form and are sprayed onto plant-based materials, like yard grass clippings, and then dried and crushed. Aside from the plant-based form of Spice, it is also sold in its liquid form to be used in vaping devices.

What Is Spice

Spice goes by several other names, with well over 500 ones being marketed and sold, including:

• K2

• Synthetic Marijuana

• Potpourri

• Nice Guy

• Maui Wowie

• Black Mamba

It is often packaged in colorful packets, each with their own catchy logos and brand names. It is marketed as herbal blends, incense, or potpourri, not as synthetic weed, making it easy for tweens to teens obtain. This has allowed Spice to become the second-most-abused substance by high-school-aged teens.

Why Is Spice Sold in Stores?

When Spice first started to be sold, it was considered “legal” because law enforcement agencies were unaware of its intended usages. The packages do not say “synthetic marijuana” on them. As accidental overdoses, trips to the emergency room, and calls to poison control centers increased, scientists and law enforcement took notice.

However, as fast as new laws can be passed to ban specific chemical compounds used in Spice, those that manufacture it are developing new ones to get around the laws. Furthermore, Spice is considered a legal substance in many foreign countries around the world and is available online, so it just adds additional complications in attempting to get it off of store shelves and removed from online e-commerce sites.

What Makes Spice Dangerous Compared to Marijuana?

The primary concern with Spice is it contains a diverse range of chemical compounds. Each manufacturer has its own specifications on the amounts of each chemical they use to create Spice. Essentially, the risks associated with one batch of Spice is completely different from another one.

Unfortunately, tweens and teens do not think about these risks because they are looking to experience a “high” similar to the effects of marijuana, but what they really experience could be completely different.

The liquid chemicals sprayed onto plant-based materials or used in a vaping device can be as much as 100 times (or more) stronger than the THC contained in marijuana, resulting in accidental overdoses, seizures, and death. Those who don’t experience adverse side-effects do develop an addiction to Spice.

Can You Become Addicted to Spice?

Spice addiction is a growing problem for tweens and teens. In several cases, even after experiencing severe and adverse side effects, the addiction is so strong that the addict returns to using Spice and continues to put their life at risk. If you or someone you love is addicted to Spice, help is available from Yellowstone Recovery. Call us at (888) 941-9048 now for more information.


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