The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) counted 20 spice deaths between 2011 and 2015. In early 2015, the number of spice-related calls to poison control centers increased 330 percent. What is spice and why is it so dangerous? Here’s what you need to know.
What is Spice?
A synthetic form of marijuana, spice consists of plant material doused or sprayed with psychoactive chemicals. Those chemicals produce similar effects as tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the primary ingredient in marijuana.
Spice may have originated as a legal alternative to marijuana. In fact, it was at one time available over the counter. Realizing its danger, the DEA has outlawed many of the original spice formulas in recent years. New formulas have been developed as others were outlawed, resulting in more than 150 variations to date.
Dangers of Spice
The THC in marijuana only partially reacts to cannabinoid receptors in the brain. Spice on the other hand fully reacts with cannabinoid receptors, making the effects far more dangerous. A person under the influence of spice may experience:
- Extreme paranoia
- A loss of balance and coordination
- Numbness in the limbs
- Rapid heartbeat
Those with a personality disorder or mental illness often notice more profound effects from spice. Widespread use of spice has even been attributed to an increase in violence among homeless people in some areas.
What is Spice Addiction?
Many people believe marijuana is safe, and therefore assume that any synthetic form of it is harmless as well. However, an addiction can occur due to long term or repeated use. If someone you know is addicted to spice, he or she may experience intense cravings or use it in increasing amounts.
A spice addict might also create this drug in a home laboratory. As such, you might notice someone stockpiling ingredients like roach spray or solvents along with plant matter such as dried tea leaves.
Others will devote hours of their time to locating spice. This can involve frequenting head shops or endless scouring for sources on the Internet.
What is Spice Addiction Treatment?
Spice treatment can help you beat your addiction and get your life back on track again. At Beaches Recovery, we offer the following addiction services:
- Detox Services
- Drug and alcohol addiction treatment
- Women’s drug addiction rehab program
- Men’s drug addiction rehab program
- Student addiction treatment
- Sober living
- Outpatient rehab
Seek Help Today
A spice or marijuana addiction does not have to control your life. To overcome your addiction, visit our quality drug rehab. Contact Beaches Recovery at 866-605-0532 to take the first step toward recovery.