Why Spice may be More Dangerous than Marijuana

Marijuana is a drug derived from the Cannabis Plant. The extraction or smoking process brings out the drugs in the plant, referred to as “cannabinoids.” While Marijuana has been around for a very long time, new designer drugs have been made to mimic its effects and sneak past detection.

One of these drugs is sold as K2 or Spice Gold, usually called, “Spice.” Up until the recent federal ban, Spice was sold in smoke shops and other businesses as surprisingly costly herbal ‘incense.’ Now that the drug has been taken from the retail shelves, the drug has gone underground, sold on the black market.

Drugs like Spice are actually made with chemically developed cannabinoid substances, referred to as synthetic cannabinoids. Up to ten of these substances have been identified in lab testing of Spice.

With Marijuana, the euphoric high comes, in part, from the partial binding of THC to the body’s own cannabinoid receptors. These receptors are involved in the regulation of the immune system, body temperature control, perception, memory, problem solving, and food intake.

These affects are in addition to affects on hormones and other important body functions. With synthetic cannabinoids, unlike Marijuana, the binding to these receptors is a lot tighter, often leading to exaggerated effects, as well as increased risks and potential harm.

While some of these effects are immediate and obvious, it is unknown how much later and long-term harm can occur, as these substances are stored in the body for long periods of time.

Many of the users of Spice have reported effects similar to the use of Methamphetamines, like seizures, hallucinations, severe agitation, racing heartrate, and other potentially fatal symptoms. While the federal ban has removed the drug from retail store shelves, a lot more must be done to combat the production and illegal distribution of this dangerous drug compound.

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  6. Spice isn't even in the same league as marijuana. No one dies from overdosing on pot. You might get a headache or you might get tired and want to go to sleep. That's about it. The only real danger is if you smoke it with a lighter and you burn the leaves. Then you poison your lungs a bit, but it's not fatal, usually. Now onto Spice. I've tried this a few times, often along with pot, and I just get a rush with it. Other friends have passed out or had trip-like effects. But the reason I'm writing this is because my wife smoked this for the first time last weekend. She had some drinks, and had smoked a few hits of pot. She took one big hit of spice through a bong and within a minute this is what happen; she looked up as if she saw something on the ceiling, then her eyes rolled into the back of her head, she curled up against me, and then passed out. We tried to wake her up for several minutes. After some time, her eyes opened and it looked like she could understand what I was saying, but there was no physical or verbal response. She was still breathing and we allowed her to try to sleep it off. About 30 minutes after she passed out, the phone rang and she jumped up about as wide awake as one could be. She said she didn't remember anything while she was out, only what she had done immediately prior. She said she felt fine and didn't have any negative symptoms after waking up, aside from a headache the next couple of days. Needless to say, this scared me pretty good. No more of this stuff for me or anyone I know. It's bad with a capital B. This shouldn't be compared to pot, it should be compared to diving into a shallow pool head first. If you're wondering if you should try it, DON'T. The fact that kids are smoking this stuff as a pot alternative is yet another reason why we need to legalize marijuana. Spice is relatively new, so the truth hasn't made it out to many as of yet. I ask that anyone who wants to know more, just Google "Smoking spice and passing out." That should scare you enough to know what's up.

    Anonymous / 20 Dec 2011 / 8:30 pm / Reply

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