How "Spice" Affects Users

Spice Use

While one may seek a marijuana-like high when he tries Spice (also called K2), he will not usually find it. Most users of this synthetic drug report that is has many effects that are quite unlike marijuana. These include acute anxiety or paranoia; feelings of alienation or dissociation; panic attacks; hallucinations; constant uncontrollable coughing; feelings of nausea or vomiting and a number of other unpleasant effects.

What is "Spice?"

Spice refers to a variety of synthetic chemicals that were designed initially in the mid-1980's to treat medical conditions. They were developed by a chemist named John W. Huffman. They were said to produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis), but when Huffman saw how they could be abused, he warned many times how dangerous these drugs could be. He said, "I'm concerned that it could hurt people... It bothers me that people are so stupid as to use this stuff."

Spice is Highly Addictive

Many Spice users feel compelled to seek out more of the drug, despite adverse effects and results. That is what apparently happened in Indiana in April of 2012 when a young man allegedly beat and killed his father with a baseball bat. The father, Robert Cipriano was trying to stop his son Tucker and his friend, Mitchell Young, from stealing from the father's home to buy more Spice. Apparently this had happened before, according to one of the participants. These three young men had broken into the house before, and then drove to a gas station where the young Cipriano bought Spice, rolled it into joints and smoked it. Ian Zinderman was part of this trio and reported that Tucker had smoked more Spice to dispel "second thoughts" when they later talked about killing the whole Cipriano family.

Spice Effects

Another case involving Spice abuse was reported involving a grandmother, also in Indiana, who is accused of shooting her grandson to death when his Spice use led to him becoming violent. This tragic incident occurred in West Bloomfield on May 18th of 2012, just two months before the federal ban.

Following that ban, many states have followed suit and started to enact their own statewide bans on the substances contained in Spice or K2. One problem in enforcement of such bans is that there can be a number of different chemicals in these drugs. Some may contain the original JWH-018 (the chemical is identified by the initials of the inventor) which is currently banned under the Controlled Substances Act. But chemists since Huffman have also made many variants of the original chemicals.

These drugs — which had been marketed as "safe, legal alternatives" to marijuana — are sold under many names, including K2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks, and others.

The problem with such drugs is that one doesn't know what they contain, thus their effects can be unknown and dangerous. Most are some kind of herbal product which has been sprayed with various chemicals to try to produce a "high." But, the St. Louis Poison Control Center in the beginning of 2012 had seen more than 30 cases of people who were suffering from elevated heart rate and blood pressure, vomiting, extreme anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and seizures after ingesting K2 or Spice. The Poison Control Center representative said those were not side effects associated with marijuana use.

Narconon Offers Hope for Spice Abusers

When anyone becomes addicted to Spice or any other drug, fortunately, Narconon offers a drug-free solution to getting off drugs and making a clean, fresh start.

At Narconon, one addresses the physical effects of the drug first. This is done on the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program. This step helps one rid the body of the toxic residues of drugs that can be stored in the fatty tissues. One follows a strict regimen of some moderate exercise, good nutrition and sauna time daily. This can take from 30-45 days on average, but the actual time it will take varies with each individual. After this step is complete, most who have done it report far fewer or even no more cravings for drugs.

One follows that up with a comprehensive battery of life skills courses to build up the self-respect and sober living ability of the individual. There are Narconon centers on six continents, at more than fifty locations worldwide.

Rehab Success Rate

Narconon has been helping addicts to succeed in recovering sobriety for more than 45 years. More than 70% of Narconon graduates remain sober after they go home, one of the best success rates in this field.

See also Spice Abuse Signs



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