Feb 27 2013

Side Effects Of Spice Use

Spice Brand Synthetic Marijuana

Spice Brand Synthetic Marijuana

Is Spice Safe?

There are many side effects from smoking synthetic marijuana that can be the same or worse than those of real weed. Reports indicate the side effects of Spice use may be similar to marijuana such as elevated mood, relaxation and altered perception – these being the more ‘pleasant’ effects. However, other less pleasant side effects from K2 include psychotic symptoms, paranoia, increase anxiety and hallucinations – increasingly reported to be even more severe after smoking Spice than after smoking marijuana. Other negative side effects of synthetic marijuana include increased heart rate, agitation, vomiting, seizures, uncontrollable body movements, lack of emotional attachment, sweating and loss of control, red eyes and dry mouth. One side effect not shared with marijuana is increased hunger. Many herbal incense users report a lack of appetite when using the drug.

It’s Not Really That Bad, Is It?

Reactions, or side effects, from smoking Spice can also be fatal in some cases. This can be quick, for example after smoking just the once, or happen after many experiences with the drug. Spice, K2 and related legal highs have been implicated in several cases of kidney failure and heart attacks. Testimonials from users – both regular and those who used it only one time – speak of hallucinations, suicidal and homicidal thoughts and actions, intense fear and paranoia. There are several cases where synthetic weed  has been implicated in deaths from suicide, or accidental means. Spice causes reduced blood flow to the heart, also known as myocardial ischemia, which can cause both damage to the heart, or a heart attack. There have also been reports of long term damage to mental health status with continuing hallucinations appearing after several months of trying the drug.

As a legal high, it could be assumed that there is no risk of addiction to spice – a common side effect to any drug. This is not the case. Some first time users may find that the intensity of the side effects, particularly the negative side effects such as hallucinations, are enough to stop them from trying Spice or its derivatives again. Others will crave the intensity of the effects of Spice just as one would from some “hard core drugs” like heroin, crack, and pain killers. Serious withdrawal symptoms are common in regular users who stop smoking fake weed.

Doesn’t Even Matter What Brand You Are Using

It has been commented that herbal incense side effects can vary greatly from package to package of the same brand of Spice derivative. Smoking Spice from one package may produce a mellow and pleasant effect, yet smoking from another package of the same brand may produce effects of intense paranoia and hallucinations even in the seasoned smoker. It could be assumed this may be caused by the ‘skirting’ of drug laws by manufacturers of Spice – as one chemical compound within Spice becomes illegal, they replace it with another ‘legal’ substance capable of the same physical effects. Another explanation is the crude manner in which these drugs are produced. One of the largest companies in the synthetic marijuana industry, Mr Nice Guy, was reportedly using cement mixers and nail polish remover to produce their herbal incense. This causes what are known as ‘hot-spots” where the synthetic cannabinoids are much stronger in one area than another in the same package.

While Spice is currently considered to be a ‘legal’ high in some areas of the world, it is wise to be aware of the side effects of smoking incense – both positive and negative – in making the decision to abstain from or smoke Spice, K2 or any of its ‘herbal incense’ type derivatives. Many countries, states and counties have made this an illegal substance due to its side effects. Being aware of the risks is the best way to keep yourself safe.


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  • mindcandy001

    I have stopped smoking hit now I can’t eat and if I do I throw it up, even liquids. Even if I’m starving. It’s been about a week and I can’t keep anything down.

    • i hate this

      I recognize this and it makes my withdrawal much harder. The only thing I have eaten for 4 days is a few sandwiches which i had to force myself to eat

  • helplessgirlfriend

    My boyfriend is talking in his sleep soo clear that I can make out every word he does weird things with his hands in his sleep and just last night he was awake but not awake he flipped out and flipped my mattress and punched my wall I had to wake him up to consciousness and he got scared of how he was acting…. has anyone else been this bad at night???? I don’t know what to do to get him to stop and sleep threw the night he is still not sleeping threw the whole night.. this is now day 6 of him not being able to sleep, although he slept more last night then ever before..

  • Joanne Parmar

    i am certain that my son has a bad addiction to this but will not admit it or that he needs help and myself an family have been paying for it im sure with all the money he borrows or takes any advice you can give me i would greatly be thankful for

    • r

      I’m not sure that I can give you any advice as I’m going through this as well. I just thought I would let you know that you are not alone.

      • Drew

        Many people don’t realize how much it really changes the entire chemistry of the brain. I’ve always had a natural tolerance to outside substances, so I was “lucky” enough to use as much as I could. I hit my rock bottom. For most addicts, they either have this breath taking realization, or die. It’s that simple.
        I’ve been extremely blessed, because I used to smoke more of that slow suicide than anyone I knew and even after dying I was revived. I’ve had some clarity come to my broken brain lately about exactly what I was doing to myself.
        I’ve been studying the human brain and the body for as long as I can remember so I can know myself. As a former fake shit user, I know what effects it can have on the brain. I once had an IQ just under 200, and now it’s leveling out at just above 100. There are drastic personality changes that are measurable, and like I said. It changes the brains entire chemistry.
        I have since been diagnosed with paranoid schizoid personality traits chronic depression that normal anti depressants won’t work on, and a cursing amount of anxiety. My vision has been damaged, and my heart has extremely poor circulation. The health effects were worse than any other drug I’ve ever come across.
        I don’t know how close you are to your son, but if he is doing what you think he is, you MUST remember this. He is slowly committing suicide and first hand I can tell you he isn’t in his right mindset to know that. If he does, he doesn’t give a rats ass.
        Every brand is a different drug that reacts on different receptors of the brain.
        The skewed reality is present for (in my case) for at least 2 weeks after smoked. If addiction is present, and the euphoric fuckup lasts usually no more than an hour, you can’t logically expect your son to have a clear mind about his issue because there’s no way he’s waiting until the adverse effects are gone.
        Many are appalled by the thought of rehab, drug treatment, or free groups such as NA, but I know now that I wouldn’t have checked in myself. My parents had to do it FOR me. At first I thought they were doing it TO me, but they saved my life.
        I couldn’t be more grateful to be sober from mind altering substances today, and it was all due to the help my family gave me. If your son is in as deep as I was he won’t ever stop on his own. He has no need to if he’s still getting money out of your pocket.
        It’s a very scary thing to deal with a loved one in this condition, because I know the constant worry of something bad happening. But I also know of many deaths and drug induced mental retardation that could have been prevented to people I love. I can’t forgive myself, and I wouldn’t wish my regret and blame on anyone in this world. I may not know you, but I know how you’ll feel if he dies. Getting him help will be the best thing you could ever do for him and for yourself.

    • worried mom

      My daughter is addicted to K2. She wil not agree to get help. She had lost her job for being high. Now she has a new job and has gone there high as well. I am worried sick about her future. Anybody have some advise for this worried mom?


    I smoked this for about a month with my friends, maybe once per week. The first time I smoked it, I took two hits and had my first out of body experience. I have never been so high in my life (I have only smoked weed, no other drugs). After I got home, we took 3 more hits. I began hallucinating and laughing uncontrollably to the point where I could not breathe. I had tunnel/flashy vision and had visual hallucinations. After that day, I never had the hallucinations again, rather I just got a normal high from it. About a month after the first time smoking it, I smoked 7 hits by myself and that was a HUGE mistake. I walked into my living room and began to feel my heart racing and pounding out of my chest. My body felt like it was going numb and I could feel my body being shocked. Every few minutes I could feel the shock run through my body while my heart pounded out of my chest. I went to the ER immediately (I was driven by someone), and they said I was having a very mild heart attack. This stuff is dangerous, it kills, and is completely unsafe. I will never smoke it or anything like it again.

    • troydhhdysfgsjevet

      Ok dude I did this shit yesterday I tought It was weed I felt so fucked up off of to hit my vison was flashy and I felt like I was haveing a heart attack and I had the exact things you had I stayed the night in er and thay let me go I feel better but I still feel like high and wourld feels fake and shit did you ever recover if so how long did it take I need some heo geting throught this

  • Tiffany

    My boyfriend had been smoking this with his friends. It effects him so much differently than pot. I don’t like it. He seems out of mind and gets him so much higher. I tell him i worry about him dying from this and he does not care because of the high he gets. It has an addicting factor. He can go through 3 grams in a day. Vs 3 grams of pot in a week. Which to me is a big waste of money because we have more bills to pay because he spends money on spice. When i am not home and he does r he will not answer his phone when i hear him most because he is so out of body he doesn’t hear it. This scares me because of I’m in an accident he won’t pick up…

  • never relapse

    When I heard of spice I thought finally they legalized pot . I did not do any homework on this crap – I just trusted that if the store can sell it — it must be ok- WRONG !!!!!!!
    Spice darn near killed me – for real. I was hooked from day one. I rolled mine up and smoked it like a joint. I could only get half of the joint to burn before it would go out and not re-light. I decided to get a small, clear glass, water pipe. Wow just a couple of puffs and my water looked like mud and. My pretty glass pipe turned BLACK. I bought pipe cleaners – yeah – that was a joke. The black stuff stuck to the glass like spray paint. Never could get it cleaned so every couple of weeks I would have to buy a new pipe cause it would clog up –Nasty.
    Ok now let me share what happened to my health. Outside of hullousations and that crazy behavior, I continued to smoke everyday dam near 24/7 for 11 months. I spent over $ 8000.00 dollars on spice alone-CREDIT CARD. Well I thought I was happy smoking and having a good high but it would only last about 20 minutes and I would have to smoke again. Well this became my life – every 15 – 20 min. OK my health began to really deteriorate . I would suddenly wake up and not be able to breath, lucky for me we do have bottled oxygen in my house. I found myself having ashma issues daily. The doctor had me doing breathing treatments a couple times a day plus using a inhaler. I had 2 trips to the ER. One I couldn’t stop coughing and ended up with a chest infection.
    Second trip – my neighbor drove me .Anyways I spent thousands in medical bills .I lost my voice ,all that smoking messed me up. I went to the ENT Dr. He stuck the camera tube down my nose into my throat and goes I DON “T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING BUT YOU BETTER STOP IT before you do permanent damage. Spice even affected my kidneys. I wet my pants more than I can remember. I vomited yellow mucus every morning.
    I have been clean now almost 2 years.

    • r

      I very happy that you have remained clean. Could you tell if your medical issues cleared up and if not which ones you still have trouble with. Thank you.

    • distressed sister

      my brother has a serious addiction to k2, its destroying him and his relationship with us, we are all trying to help him get off of it, he’s gotten out of control with it, smokes it every morning before work, i always find ash in the bathroom…today he claim something was hurting, he stated his liver but im sure he means his kidneys, were taking him to the doctor tomro.. how were you able to overcome the addiction?

    • donald johnston

      ive smoked this spice for about two years now and it is totalaly destroyed me i have nothing anymore i have sold all my things for spice i feel like my life wasnt good unless i had spice and today 12 12 13 my chest felt like i was having a heart attack IM DONE WITH THIS FEELING plz people stop smoking it we are the americans we can help each other

  • SmileLOL

    My friend is addicted to this shit hardcore ive been doing alot of research on Spice and K2 whats in it how companies make it BLAH BLAH BLAH. you wouldnt believe some of the shit people use as a solvent for spice kids have had seizures. woken up with bloody noses. and destroyed THEIR LIVES because of a 10$ bag of synthetic garbage. ive tried it acouple of times shit is BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD! Im in the process of trying to intervene against my friends addiction to spice. he missed days of work stopped paying some bills. Lost his car. Sold all of his stuff, just so he could walk up to the store and buy spice. DONT SMOKE IT DONT BUY IT ;)

  • Tracy

    I spent last night in the police station filing a domestic incident report thanks to spice use. My boyfriend of 4 years who has never laid a hand on me, we rarely even argue, smashed my cell phone, shoved me up against a wall, then choked me in the bathroom to the point where I was almost passing out. Last week he tried to convince me he’s an alien. He was smoking Scooby Doo/ Scooby Snacks and WTF spice. It was given to the police and if I ever see him with it again I’ll turn the DIR into an arrest. Stay away from this evil stuff!!

  • belto

    I smoked about 4 years and know I am 5 months clean this shit make me so addicted to the point I was steal money from my wife to get some I use to wake up every night at 12 or 1 am in the morning to smoke and go back to sleep this stuff make me very sick high blood pressure… my lungs and my kidneys hurt every time and I was started thinking that I was losing my mind but after the first month I was feeling better and better and know I feel good as ever everyone need to quit this shit…this stuff is really really bad I never ever going back to this shit

  • Scott Farnsworth

    Ive been smoking all kinds of spice for about 4 years now. im currently 5 days clean and ive never felt so great! ill admit i absolutely LOVED the stuff… Except the first couple times because i would freak out , but i just got blood results back i have no damage to kidney and everything in my body is healthy. i geuss its just different for some people.. Still, im not smoking it again since i feel amazing and i can eat regularly and sleep regularly. But yes it is bad. im not saying in anywway you should start smoking the stuff. it will ruin your life ive stolen from family and friends burned many bridges.. Please people dont start a viscous cycle..

  • Jenna

    I smoked 2 blunts of spice all at once for my first time and i ended up blacking out in a random persons yard. The second time I did it i only took one hit and was on the ground being farm animals haha that was a good experience but stay away, it has different effects for everyone !

  • Brook Mabry

    K2 or “spice ” must be stopped. My family has suffered 2 tragedies due to the use of this stuff. I will not stop until it is banned nation wide ! I’ve lost 2 people dear to me and it’s destroying the rest of my family because of what happened. Mr nice guy…. watch out. Your selfish ways have caught up with you.

  • Karen Bell

    pls somebody stop the making, manufacturing and sale of k2, it is extremely bad stuff, i hate it. i wish i knew how to stop it all or how to get ahold of the person/people that are making the stupid crap cause i would give them a piece of my mind in a heartbeat.

  • Tones

    Not a spice user, but I’d imagine that I’ve used a lot more synthetic cannabinoids then any of you people. We’re talking well over 100g of AM-2201, UR-144, AKB-48 and 5F-AKB-48, and I didn’t end up insane as a result of it. The effects vary from person to person, and also depend on whether they’ve been drinking or using other drugs. Most people only end up doing it once or twice, as mentioned in the article, due to the extreme side effects but around 1 in 20 people who try it end up enjoying it. How do I know that? Because I used to hand this stuff out to anyone who wanted to try it for free. Spice alone doesn’t make you go mad, there’s definitely a psychological aspect to any “bad feelings” caused by it. If you read constant news reports about how it’s going to mess you up or kill you or whatever, then when you do smoke it, you’re almost expecting for things to take a turn for the worse. That’s not to say that there are no physical risks involved, but what a lot of you are describing are simple, drug-induced panic attacks. See, I’m sure I’ll get a lot of hate for that, but lets be honest, not a lot of you have any idea what you’re talking about and can barely seem to string together a coherent sentence in the first place. It’s not because of the spice, it’s because you’re unintelligent people in the first place and need something to blame for that lack of intelligence.

    • Grant

      Talking form personal experience, I smoked around 1-2.5g on a daily basis for about a year. Choosing to neglect reading up on side effects, the paranoia and anger were very real emotions, not some placebo effect. Everybody has a latent state of psycho within them, it just takes a certain catalyst to spark that emotion.

  • Saree Haley

    I just started smoking spice and like I like it more than weed and I dont know why I still smoke it after what it has done to my closest friend, who is now recovering. I even did a report about it but the addiction part of my brain was triggered and now I’m becoming a spice head, which isnt good at all. I still smoke it even after I had a really bad trip on magic buzz, and almost went to the hospital for it because my heart was beating rapidly and the messed up part about it was that I was with 2 guys and they left me when I called the ambulance;, but I ran from the ambulance and they never found me. I just hope I dont become addicted….