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Spice, also known as K2, is in a family of powerful drugs known as synthetic cannabinoids, or artificial marijuana. Spice is made up of plant leaves and stems laced with synthetic (lab-created) chemicals that claim to provide a high similar to that of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. It is typically smoked in a pipe or joint, though it can also be brewed in tea. However, unlike marijuana, Spice is known for giving users unpleasant highs, which can sometimes border on extreme and disturbing. Spice goes by many other names, such as “Genie,” “Black Mamba,” and “Fake Weed” to “Zohai.”

Perhaps you found a Spice wrapper in your teenager’s car and you’re wondering what that means, or you are concerned about a loved one who you worry abuses Spice. Spice addiction is incredibly dangerous, and can be overwhelming for both the individual and their loved ones.

Common side effects of Spice use include:

  • Extreme agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Panic attacks
  • Dissociation
  • Hallucinations
  • Violent coughing
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Neck and back stiffness
  • Psychotic episodes
  • Tremors
  • Seizures

Violent incidents, overdoses, and death have been reported with Spice. Spice is physically addictive, inducing intense cravings and chemical dependency, and the active ingredients stay stored in the body for long periods of time. There are new drugs tests available that can detect the major chemicals in Spice, but they are not available everywhere.

Since it is not commonly tested for, Spice is perceived as legal by many young people (though it is, in fact, illegal). It is also widely available; you can easily find it at the local tobacco shop or — like everything these days — on the internet. These factors fuel the dangerous misconception that Spice provides a “safe high,” which easily leads to abuse.

At Morningside Recovery, we have the latest and most advanced drug testing available, including new drug testing that detects the major chemicals in Designer Drugs: Spice, which is not available at all treatment centers. We also have an unparalleled clinical team, which is comprised of Master’s and Doctorate level therapists who specialize in not just addiction, but treating the psychological issues that coincide with addiction.

Furthermore, we offer a broad range of programs tailored to an individual’s needs in our alternative, real-world model program in Newport Beach, CA, with full daily schedules and heavy supervision. This allows us to provide support and supervise clients in a real-life context, which helps you or your loved one have a smooth transition into sober living after treatment.

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Like other designer drugs, users don’t know what they’re buying or what high a particular batch of Spice will produce, because chemists are constantly manipulating and creating new variations of the chemical additives. They are designing new formulas for these chemicals to stay ahead of law enforcement, since the 5 most commonly found chemicals that make up Spice are illegal. Because there are new, unknown forms of these Spice being sold, there’s no way to know how it will affect users, which is one of the reasons why Spice is so dangerous.
Spice goes by many other names, such as “Genie,” “Black Mamba,” and “Fake Weed” to “Zohai.”

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