The Dangerous Health Effects of "spice"

Designer drugs are a new and serious problem. Many men and women, especially young adults, find themselves dangerously addicted just after several uses. Spice or K2 is one of the most commonly abused synthetic drugs. Spice use has long-term effects that debilitate your physical health and wreak havoc on your mental health.

First of all, what is Spice?

Spice is synthetic marijuana; hence it's referred to as a "designer drug" because it's a man-made substance. It has a variety of street names such as herbal incense, K2, Mr. Nice Guy, and fake weed. Spice was actually legal up until late 2012 when it was categorized as a Schedule I controlled substance. However, Spice use is much more dangerous and unpredictable than marijuana.

Increased Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the side effects that Spice can worsen or exacerbate. An increase in anxiety or paranoia caused by synthetic weed can be much worse than the effects of actual marijuana and can include other dismaying effects such as:

  • agitation
  • vomiting
  • sweating
  • loss of control
  • spastic body movements
  • dry mouth
  • and in some cases, seizures


Psychosis is defined as a loss of touch with reality marked by delusions and hallucinations. Spice has been linked to episodes of psychosis and in some cases, prolonged psychosis. Synthetic pot has been also been linked to triggering established psychotic disorders in individuals who were deemed mentally stable. Hallucinations can also reappear after months of trying synthetic cannabis and it can comprise your mental health status.

Internal Damage

Spice use has been linked to organ damage, especially heart and kidney damage. Synthetic cannabis reduces the flow of blood to the heart, which could potentially lead to a heart attack -- even in young adults who aren't at risk for heart problems. Due to many synthetic addictives in Spice, kidney failure can also result from use.

Suicide or Death

Spice has caused morbid reactions from its users and in some cases, individuals have committed suicide while high. Due to a compromised mental state, synthetic cannabis users can have thoughts of suicide and homicide and experience severe paranoia and fear that can result in self-harm or harm to others.

If you or a loved one is suffering from drug addiction, contact Houston Drug Treatment Centers at (877) 804-1531 for information on treatment programs that will give you the support and resources to overcome your addiction.


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