K2 or Spice are common names for a type of drug that mimics the effects of marijuana but is actually produced from man-made chemicals, not the cannabis plant itself. Because drugs like K2 are created from synthetic chemicals that are not regulated, it’s difficult to tell what a user is actually consuming when they take the drug, and authorities have found toxic chemicals contained within the product.
Like marijuana, K2 or Spice are often smoked, since the chemicals are applied to dried plant material that can be burnt within a pipe. In other cases, the chemicals are consumed directly in liquid form through vaporizing devices and electronic cigarettes.
Many users of K2 and Spice choose the drug because it is more accessible and less expensive than marijuana. In some cases, they may believe that they are smoking actual marijuana or a natural alternative to marijuana, unaware that the drug is actually entirely made up of artificial chemicals. This also makes the risks of using K2 and Spice much higher because users are often unaware of the chemical composition of the drug and may consume more than usual believing it is safe. Many varieties of K2 and Spice also advertise themselves as safe but do not label what chemicals are found within the drug.
Because it’s often hard to tell what chemicals are found within K2 or Spice, users can run afoul of significant side effects when taking the drug, including: psychological challenges like:
- Hallucinatory or paranoid delusions
- Unpredictable behavior.
Other side effects can directly affect the body, including:
- The risk of suicide
- Damage to vital organs, including the kidneys and stomach.
Like other addictive drugs, when a user decides to no longer take K2 or Spice, they can experience the effects of withdrawal as the body adjusts to no longer having the drug in their system. Withdrawal symptoms of K2 and Spice can include headaches, lethargy, anger, and nausea, although because the chemical makeup of the drugs are so unpredictable, withdrawal symptoms can vary from person to person.
For users who are ready to stop taking K2, Spice, and other related drugs, the staff at Into Action Recovery Centers is here to help. With a compassionate, step-by-step approach, our team helps K2 users move from detox to residential to outpatient care, ensuring they have continuous care and support throughout the addiction recovery process. We even offer free aftercare services to all graduates of our recovery programs, as well as a strong alumni network.
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