STAND AGAINST SPICE

What is Spice?

Spice is a combination of ground herbs and plant material. What makes spice dangerous is the manmade chemical combinations that are sprayed onto this potpourri like material. It is also known as “Synthetic Marijuana” or “Fake Weed” because some of the manmade chemicals found in spice resemble THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the active ingredient found in marijuana.

Theses designer synthetic drugs are associated with the synthetic cannabinoid class of drugs. Spice is usually sold as an “herbal incense” labeled “not for human consumptions.” According to the Drug Enforcement Association “These products are labeled “not for human consumption” in an attempt to shield the manufacturers, distributors and retail sellers from criminal prosecution. This type of marketing is nothing more than a means to make dangerous, psychoactive substances widely available to the public. Since 2009, law enforcement has encountered approximately 95 different synthetic cannabinoids that are being sold as “legal” alternatives to marijuana. These products are being abused for their psychoactive properties and are packaged without information as to their health and safety risks. Synthetic cannabinoids are sold as “herb”

• National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

What does Spice look like?

spice package 2The physical spice will have a similar look to that of potpourri (ground up herbs).

What are Synthetic Cannabinoids?

Are chemical compounds created in a laboratory? Synthetic cannabinoids are sometimes misleadingly called “synthetic marijuana” (or “fake weed”) because they act on the same brain cell receptors as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the mind-altering ingredient in marijuana.

• National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

What other names does it go by?

  • K2
  • Fake Weed
  • Bliss
  • Black Mamba
  • Bombay Blue
  • Genie
  • Zohai
  • Yucatan Fire
  • Skunk
  • Moon rocks
  • Spice Diamond
  • Spice Gold
  • Mr. Smiley
  • Red X Dawn
  • Blaze
  • Scooby Snacks

Is Spice addictive?

Yes, Spice has been found to be addictive. Those who have frequently used spice have been seen to have withdrawl symptoms. Those who have quit sometimes cannot stop because even if they really want to stop there are terrible consequences to their health. Some withdraw symptoms are:

  • Headaches
  • Tremors
  • Depression
  • Irritability

Does Spice show up in drug test?

The standard drug test that are given cannot easily detect many chemicals that are found in Spice.

• National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Will Spice kill you?

Yes, there have been several accounts of ER situations and some death cases.

Is it Illegal?

Yes, spice is illegal. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “Because the chemicals used in them have a high potential for abuse and no medical benefit, authorities have made it illegal to sell, buy, or possess some of these chemicals. However, manufacturers try to sidestep these laws by changing the chemical formulas in their mixtures”.

What are the Health effects of Spice?

The effects of synthetic cannabinoids can be unpredictable and severe or even life-threatening.
Synthetic cannabinoids can also cause serious mental and physical health problems including:

  • rapid heart rate
  • vomiting
  • violent behavior
  • suicidal thoughts

• National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

How is Spice taken?

Spice has been commonly known to be used by smoking (using a pipe, a water pipe or rolling the drug-laced material in cigarette papers). Some have been found to brew spice into a tea. It has also been found that it is bought in liquid form and vaporized in e-cigarettes.

• National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

What is the difference between spice and Marijuana?

Spice is a chemical mixture that is sprayed onto herbs and plant material. It is used as an alternative in many places for Marijuana, which is an organic drug formed from the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant,Cannabis sativa.