Understanding Spice/K2 Addiction
K2 Spice is a substance that stimulates the same effects as marijuana. It’s often called “synthetic marijuana”, “synthetic cannabis”, or “fake weed”. K2 Spice may contain harmful chemicals, which may even be deadly. The effect of K2 spice can be much more intense and addictive than marijuana.
Spice is a combination of dried plants and synthetic chemicals. In many cases, herbs in K2 Spice are sprayed with at least one designer chemical that is from the cannabinoid family. One of the biggest issues with the drug is that it can always be slightly different. There are many variations of the substance, which makes it difficult to identify and treat.
Other Names for Spice
While Spice tends to be called synthetic marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids, but there are a ton of other street names. Some of these street names are:
- Black Mamba
- Mary Mack
- Moon Rocks
- Red X dawn
- Bombay Blue
- Solar flare
- Fake Weed
- Yucatan fire
- Legal Cannabis
Risks of Spice/K2 Abuse
There isn’t much scientific research on the ways that Spice/K2 affects the brain, but it is thought to act on the same receptors that THC (the psychoactive chemical in marijuana) act on. This creates feelings of euphoria and distorted perceptions. However, Spice can be very unpredictable, causing anxiety, paranoia and hallucinations. It may affect every person differently, based on their genetic makeup, amount used and drug history.
There may be a darker risk at play here, however. Spice abuse has caused emergency room visits and fatalities over the past few years, making it an extremely dangerous substance. Many people may use Spice because it is an unregulated alternative to marijuana and they believe it’s safer. However, that is far from the case.
Signs of Spice/K2 Abuse and Addiction
There are many short-term effects of Spice/K2 use, including:
- Kidney damage
- Permanent brain damage
- Rapid heart rate
- Sweating heavily
- Red eyes
- Psychotic episodes
- Loss of control
- Increased anxiety
- Heart attack
- Dry mouth
K2 Spice Addiction Treatment
Are you or a loved on having a problem with K2 Spice addiction? Is it interfering with your daily life? It may be time to seek professional assistance. During medical detox, withdrawal symptoms can be managed with medications. Detox centers offer 24/7 medical care throughout the detox process.
It’s often a wiser choice to seek treatment at a treatment facility like The Recovery Village Ridgefield. Our facility offers the same medically-assisted detox that would be available at a detox center, and we also offer a residential treatment program, a partial hospitalization program, an intensive outpatient program, an outpatient treatment program and an aftercare program.
We are dedicated to helping you begin a long-term recovery journey. We are committed to helping you become clean and sober once and for all. If you are considering K2 Spice treatment, please give us a call today. Help is only one phone call away.