Synthetic Marijuana had captivated my imagination since I first learned about it at the age of 14 (I am 18 now).
That was back when when the original JWH series of chemicals were still in use.
By the age of 15, I had found a local supplier of k2, which was exponentially cheaper than buying real Marijuana or spice online. Due to the quantity I was able to get on a weekly basis for only $15, I found myself dosing about 9 times a night before bed.
The brand I had was not particularly strong, and I noticed no physical or mental side effects other than what could be expected from getting the same high from natural pot.
This lasted for about 6 months, before spice was banned across all of new York City. During that time period, I would sometimes come across brands of spice containing AM-2201, a chemical that did not produce the 15 minute pot – like high I was used to from K2. AM-2201 produced a high so powerful it could not be compared to pot, it would be like comparing oranges to dynamite.
After being stupid enough to take 2 consecutive bong hits the first time trying the new brand (the one containing AM-2201), I was physically immobilized for 7-9 hours and had a heart rate surpassing 200 BPM for at least 2 of those hours. It was not fun.
After this experience I was cut off from my supply.
Fast forward to the summer of 2014. Synthetic Marijuana had returned to my area. Brands like Green Giant, Caution, Joker and Mind Trip.
These brands were dirt cheap and far more potent than the original k2 I was used too. They offered a 8-20 minute high (depending on how many times I had dosed that day) and cost less than $10 for a week’s supply – enough to spend at least 70% of my waking hours high.
Everything about this drug was appealing to me – it cost virtually nothing, I could buy it whenever I wanted and never had to wait for a dealer, and it had the most satisfying yet controllable high I had ever experienced.
I spent the 2014-2015 winter dosing upwards of 20 times a day. My life became extremely small, especially once my tolerance demanded that the bag that used to last a week only lasted a day.
Eventually, I started importing a 5f-AKB48 blend direct from the Swedish manufacturer. It produced the same high I was used to, but the increase in potency once again made spice a financially feasible drug.
After about a year spice smoking, I was hit with extreme paranoia. It didn’t slowly increase over time but rather hit full force in a single day.
The paranoia was not only present when I was high, it was still there after weeks of chemical free living.
I’m still currently trying to ground myself back in reality.
Be careful with this shit. I never thought it would effect me like this.
And just for reference, no single dose I have taken in the past year has been more than a 3/4 lung full of spice smoke- about a pea’s worth at a time. A blunt of this stuff could easily kill someone.