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Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice)

Synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to as K2 or spice, are man-made, mind-altering chemicals similar to marijuana leaves. Cannabinoids are included in a group of drugs known as New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). NPS are unregulated mind-altering substances that have become available on the market and are intended to copy the effects of illegal drugs. The average age of first abuse of K2 is between 17 and 19.

COMMERCIAL NAMES
STREET NAMES
COMMON FORMS
COMMON WAYS TAKEN
COMMERCIAL NAMES
No commercial uses
STREET NAMES
K2, Spice, Black Mamba, Bliss, Bombay Blue, Fake Weed, Fire, Genie, Moon Rocks, Yucatan & Zohai
COMMON FORMS
Dried, shredded plant material that looks like potpourri and is sometimes sold as incense
COMMON WAYS TAKEN
Smoked or Swallowed

Effects

Because of some similarities to marijuana, cannabinoids are mistakenly called "synthetic marijuana," and associated with similar effects. In fact, cannabinoids are often marketed as safe, legal alternatives to marijuana. However, the effects of cannabinoids are far more potent than marijuana, and the results can be unpredictable and severe.

Psychotic Effects

  • elevated mood
  • relaxation
  • altered perception
  • extreme anxiety
  • symptoms of psychosis
  • confusion
  • paranoia
  • hallucinations

Physical Effects

  • rapid heart rate
  • high blood pressure
  • vomiting
  • seizures
  • violent behavior
  • suicidal thoughts

Widthdraw Symptoms

Synthetic cannabinoids are addictive. Regular users will likely have a hard time trying to stop.

  • headaches
  • anxiety & depression
  • irritability
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