Synthetic Cannabis

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Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice is a modified chemical herbal substance that produces effects similar to, and more intense than regular marijuana.

Spice is made up of plant-based ingredients, which are sprayed with a variety of harmful chemicals. These substances, known as synthetic cannabinoids – a family of more than 700 research chemicals – can be two to 100 times more powerful than THC. Synthetic weed is typically smoked like regular marijuana or used in e-cigarettes. It can also be consumed in edibles or drinks.

Synthetic marijuana may seem harmless, but the reality is that the mix of harsh chemicals in the drug can make for a very dangerous combination. Every batch of Spice is different, leaving the user at risk for potentially serious side effects, including overdose. Without knowing what chemicals are in each packet of this drug, it’s hard to know how the individual will be affected.

Without help of trained addiction specialists, overcoming a dependence on synthetic marijuana can seem impossible. Luckily, Restore Health and Wellness Center has a wide variety of highly developed programs available to help you strive in treatment and prosper throughout your recovery.

Synthetic cannabis is illegal in all 50 states, but the drug is still easily accessible, and more variations of it are being created every day. Especially popular among high school teens and young adults, it is marketed and sold as potpourri or incense, and usually labeled with “cool” names with labels that read “all natural” or other warning labels that read “not for human consumption.” It is typically sold in gas stations, smoke shops, in convenience stores, on the street and over the Internet.

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  • Bliss
  • Blaze
  • Fake Weed
  • Spice
  • K2
  • Skunk
  • Zohai
  • Mojo
  • Black Mamba
  • Genie
  • Cloud 9
  • Yucatan Fire
  • Moon Rocks
  • Scooby snacks

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Synthetic Marijuana Abuse

Smoking fake weedA lot of people who use Spice are attracted to it initially because they think that it is a safer alternative to regular weed. This designer drug does not show up in most standard drug tests, therefore, many find it an appealing option. As its chemical components are constantly manipulated, it makes it easier for manufacturers and dealers to distribute and sell the product legally.

Much like other dangerous street drugs, synthetic marijuana abuse can lead to dependence and withdrawal symptoms when consumption is stopped.

K2 is said to produce feelings of relaxation and happiness, and also alters the user’s perception. As previously mentioned, the ingredients contained in every batch are completely different, making the effects unpredictable. Because some synthetic cannabinoids are 100 times stronger than THC, they can have some detrimental effects on the brain.

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  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Heart attacks
  • Excessive sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Mood swings
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pains
  • Loss of control over body
  • Kidney damage
  • Psychosis
  • Zombie-like state
  • Increased heart rate
  • Kidney damage
  • Aggression
  • Confusion
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Violent behavior
  • Addiction

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Spice is the term used to describe the combination chemicals and herbs that produce mind-altering effects, which can be far more dangerous than those produced by regular cannabis. Although this drug is advertised and sold as a safe and legal alternative to regular weed, this is far from the truth. Synthetic marijuana was deemed illegal in all 50 states in 2013 due to an increasing number of overdose and addiction cases.

The ingredients in this fake weed are sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids – chemicals which come in vast and various strains, making it completely different from cannabis. The demand for synthetic marijuana addiction treatment programs has increased as thousands of people try what they think is a safe alternative to weed, only to find that it can be highly addictive and dangerous.

Overdose is a serious risk when using synthetic marijuana. As recently as July of 2016, dozens of people in New York were admitted to emergency rooms with symptoms of Spice overdose. +

The CDC has reported that more than 3,500 calls were placed in a five month period in 2016 related to synthetic marijuana use – that is a 229 percent increase from the previous year.

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As with many synthetic drugs of abuse, addiction to synthetic cannabis is a real possibility. Individuals who abuse spice on a regular basis can experience withdrawal symptoms when the drug has left their system. This is a signs that their bodies have built up a tolerance, and have now become dependent on the substance. Some of these withdrawal symptoms associated with K2 include nausea, vomiting, headaches, cravings, diarrhea and anxiety.

In order to effectively address these symptoms, detoxification is needed. In order to successfully detox from synthetic drugs, it should be done under the care and supervision of clinical professionals at an accredited drug detox facility. Once detox is completed, patients can move on to an inpatient drug rehab program in which the will partake in behavioral therapies and other proven treatment methods.

At Restore Health and Wellness, we can help you through the all the stages of synthetic marijuana addiction treatment. Our residential drug treatment program is designed to fit the specific needs of each patient. We provide and safe and comfortable setting where you will be able to address the underlying causes of your addiction, learn to cope with your triggers in a healthy manner, address any co-occurring mental disorders that accompany your addiction, and learn the relapse prevention skills you need to live a healthy and drug-free life.

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