One thing about drug abuse is that it has a tendency to take on new dimensions just when you thought you had already heard them all. This is true with what is known as spice abuse. Abusing Spice is similar to abusing marijuana. It’s an herbal mixture that you can buy legally in smoke shops, gas stations, and head shops. You may not have heard of this herbal mixture referred to as Spice before, but it is also called K2, synthetic marijuana, herbal incense, or potpourri.
This drug is a dried plant substance that is shredded, and then chemicals are added to it. This is what gives those who abuse Spice its mind-altering effect, which makes it so popular. It is popular even though the package contains the warning, “Not safe for human consumption,” on it. People that would rather smoke marijuana but can’t because they can’t chance testing positive for THC are the group that substitutes abusing marijuana with spice abuse. There are others that buy this drug because it is readily available, cheap, and legal. The use of this drug is very popular with minors. However, its abuse can lead one to undergo a professional drug treatment plan.
Abusing this drug has been happening for quite some time now but only for the past four or five years has its abuse been even more popular. The popularity gained momentum initially in Europe. While many states have banned the use of Spice, the Federal government has not. Many believe that the reason for this is a lack of knowledge about spice abuse and the damage that it can do.
Those who abuse it are not aware of the dangerous chemicals that make up this designer drug. It is filled with research chemicals, and as the labels read, it is not safe for human consumption. Marketing labels try to push the claim that Spice is filled with natural plant materials, but there are numerous synthetic compounds that make it unsafe.
The main way to get high from this drug is to smoke it like one would smoke marijuana. One survey reported that of all high school seniors in the US, more than 11% had abused this drug in the last year. One of the main problems with it is that there is not much research being done about abusing it. This makes the abuse even more unpredictable and therefore even more hazardous. The lack of testing is apparent, but this is because testing is not conducted on non-regulated drugs like Spice.
Many people look at spice abuse as a non-toxic and safe substitute for smoking marijuana, and this is completely fictitious. The opposite is true regarding its abuse, and the effects can be literally toxic. It is quite common for people who abuse it to suffer from mood swings, accelerated heart rates, anxiety, vomiting, and hallucinations. Because there is so little known about abusing this drug, there is a lot left to speculation, and this can be possibly dangerous and even fatal since this drug is not factory-made.