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- 1 What is synthetic Spice or Cannabis?
- 2 What are the side effects of Spice or K2?
- 3 Why is it so dangerous?
What is Spice or synthetic cannabis?
The Spice is a psychoactive substance which was accidentally invented by an organic chemist named John Huffmann at Clemson University in South Carolina, USA.
Huffmann was looking for a new way to develop an anti-inflammatory medication by creating different synthetic types of cannabis, Y among them he made one called JWH-018.
The chemist stated that the substance was not suitable for human consumption in 2006, but two years later manufacturers began adjusting the formula and sold it as an illegal synthetic drug.
Although pieces of plants appear in the product sold, they actually have no effect, the effect is produced by the compound with which they are coated.
But Spice is not a drug in itself, but a range of laboratory chemicals that mimic the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive component of cannabis. Research suggests that Spice and other forms of synthetic cannabis are capable of producing much more intense and prolonged effects at much lower doses than natural cannabis. This is because, while THC in cannabis is natural, and only partially reacts with the body, synthetic cannabis reacts much more extensively.
What are the side effects of Spice or K2?
The side effects of smoking synthetic weed they can be the same, or even much more dangerous, than those of natural grass.
They also depend on the amount of different synthetic cannabinoids the product has consumed, the amount and how it is ingested.
Reports indicate that the pleasant side effects of Spice are similar to marijuana, but more intense. These include elevated mood, relaxation and altered perception.
The unwanted side effects of K2 which are shared with those of marijuana include:
- Psychotic episodes
- Paranoia, increased anxiety and hallucinations.
- Increased heart rate
- Uncontrollable body movements
- Lack of emotional attachment
- Lost of control
- Red eyes
- Dry mouth.
Another side effect that is not shared with natural marijuana is the increased hunger. Most cannabis users report a lack of appetite when consumed.
Why is it so dangerous?
Due to the high potency of some synthetic cannabinoids, the effects of poisoning are much more potent. Some people experience shortness of breath, fast heartbeat and sweating, all of which can lead to severe crisis of anguish. At higher doses, balance and coordination can be severely affected. Users can experience a loss of sensation and numbness in your limbs, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness.
Continued use of synthetic cannabinoids can cause psychotic episodes, which in extreme cases can last for weeks, and can exacerbate existing mental health diseases in susceptible users.