5 Reasons Why Spice is Worse Than Marijuana

  1. 1. The Dose of Spice or K2 is Harder to Control Than Marijuana
  2. 2. Spice or K2 Ingredients Are Unknown and Ever-Changing
  3. 3. The Death Toll of Spice Abuse is Increasing
  4. 4. Spice Has a High Addictive Potential
  5. 5. Spice is Easy to Get

What is Spice?

Spice, also known as synthetic marijuana or "K2" is a commercially available product that is artificially coated with synthetic cannabinoids, and produces markedly different long-term effects than marijuana.

As marijuana occupies a hazy legal status--being legal in some states and illegal in many others--Spice is considered a "legal" alternative to marijuana.

What is Spice?

Ask a doctor whether marijuana is safe, and you'll get a range of answers, with some doctors asserting that marijuana use can have serious detrimental effects, and others taking a more relaxed approach and treating marijuana like a prescription drug. Even though marijuana has medical benefits, it might still be potentially addictive.

Marijuana devotees turn to Spice or K2 in an effort to avoid addiction, legal issues, and positive drugs tests. These drugs are readily available everywhere from smoke shops to convenience stores. Don't be fooled by the sometimes-legal status of Spice. This drug is significantly more dangerous than marijuana.

1. The Dose of Spice or K2 is Harder to Control Than Marijuana

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Marijuana doesn't come in packets neatly denoting the right dose. But most veteran pot users know about how much they need to smoke or eat to get high.

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  • With Spice, the dosage is highly unpredictable. Two packets of the same brand may have radically different ingredients or ingredients in different proportions.
  • This means you might feel pleasantly high with one dose, but violently ill with the next.

2. Spice or K2 Ingredients Are Unknown and Ever-Changing

Marijuana is grown, not manufactured. So for better or for worse, you know what you're getting when you use marijuana.

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With Spice, there's no requirement that manufacturers list their ingredients. And even when they do, the lists may be incomplete or misleading.

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As law enforcement continues to crack down on Spice production, many manufacturers have taken to changing their formulations every few months, in an effort to avoid running afoul of the law.

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These products are often labeled "not fit for human consumption," and the changing ingredients mean that you might get radically different results with each use.

3. The Death Toll of Spice Abuse is Increasing

While marijuana has potentially significant negative implications for mental health and general physiology, there has never been an overdose due to marijuana. But the death count associated with Spice is increasing at an alarming rate.

  • Synthetic marijuana sent 11,000 people to emergency rooms in 2010.
  • It kills about two dozen people each year.
  • That number is especially startling in light of the fact that K2 use is less common than abuse of most other drugs.

Spice can destroy your health and your life, but it doesn't have to. If you're addicted to Spice, or concerned that you're on the road to addiction, help is available. Treatment works, but your addiction will not go away on its own. Seek help today. Call 1-888-993-3112Who Answers? now.

Even if you survive Spice usage, you may not escape unscathed. Some of the effects of long-term Spice usage include:

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  • Changes in cognition, personality, and intelligence.
  • Memory loss.
  • Brain damage.
  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Aggressive behavior.
  • Thoughts of suicide.
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Decreased immunity.
  • Skin infections.
  • Rapid heart rate and other cardiovascular problems.

4. Spice Has a High Addictive Potential

Like most mind-altering substances, Spice is addictive.

  • Because the dosage is hard to control, though, the timetable from first use to addiction is often much shorter with synthetic marijuana.
  • Once an individual develops a dependence, quitting Spice without medical help becomes nearly impossible.
  • Painful withdrawal symptoms, the sense that you can't be normal without Spice, and escalating psychological distress are all likely to send you back to the drug.

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Unlike other drugs, you won't be able to get a reliable fix at a sustainable dose. Your addiction can spur you to take large quantities of the drug, subjecting you to the risks of an accidental overdose.

5. Spice is Easy to Get

In states where marijuana is legal, users must be old enough to enter dispensaries to purchase the drug. Where marijuana is illegal, procurement becomes even more difficult, and typically requires connections to knowledgeable friends and a willingness to take risks.

But Spice is easy to get and faces few legal restrictions. In some cases, even teens can buy the drug. This ready accessibility can quickly lure users into trying the drug. When they become dependent, Spice is just a short drive away, which allows the addiction to rapidly spiral out of control.

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