Spice products contain drying plant materials, but chemical analyses show that their active ingredients are synthetic (or designer) cannabinoid compounds, hence why it’s often referred to as “synthetic marijuana”. As with all drugs, there are physical and psychological effects that come with use. Side effects of spice addiction can include:
- Hallucinations and paranoia
- Anxiety/panic attacks
- High blood pressure
In extreme cases – either from physiological effects or prolonged use, some side effects may be more severe. These include:
- Aggressive/violent behavior
- Extremely high blood pressure and increased heart rate (to the point of permanent damage)
Spice gained popularity mainly due to the fact that it wasn’t classified as an illegal substance. Teens, military members, and individuals recently released from prison used the drug mainly, due to the fact that it could be bought in stores and they would still pass drug tests after using the drug. However, the drug has since been banned in the military, and in 2012, Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act, essentially labeling spice as a schedule 1 drug – making it illegal.
If you or a loved one is addicted to spice, call us in order to get you or your loved one help. Rehabilitation Treatment Care has many options for you with rehab facilities, treatment centers, and resources. Everything you need will be available to you or anyone suffering from addiction. Contact us in order to speak with a specialist who can help you or a loved one get the treatment for addiction.