I smoked spice pretty consistently for about a year or so.
During that time I had no idea the health affects of it, short term or long term.
I was under the impression that I was getting my high off the natural pouporri in the bag, and not some sprayed on chemicals.
Spice was great back then. New, legal, cheap, and got you really baked. Almost more euphoric and intense than weed at times.
But after a while I just overall felt horrible. The high wasn’t the same, and it’d just end up giving me more of a headache than a high, and if I did stop for a bit, the headache would persist.
Luckily at this time, studies and personal accounts were flooding the news about this ‘killer weed’ so I stopped instantly.
I don’t do drugs, I just smoke cannabis. I smoke habitually everyday, about 1-3g per day.
I feel natural, much closer to the earth. So weed isn’t a drug in my eyes.
But to me, all spice is, is a hard drug. Not a weed alternative.
I’ve been spice free for over 3 years now, and I can say during that time there have definitely been some side affects.
Headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, overall feeling gross and ‘dirty’ as some smokers say.
The most significant symptoms relate to the nausea. Over the past 3 years on and off, there have been times where I was put in the ER with severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.
Not to mention dehydration and a few times acute kidney failure as a result.
I’ve been diagnosed with gastritis many times during the ER visits, but more recently I’ve heard about Cannabanoid Hyperemisis Syndrome.
This condition has all the basic symptoms of gastritis, food poisining, heck even the stomach flu.
But people who believe they have this condition bathe very irregularly – something that I do to control my symptoms.
Because of this, many doctors and patients believe this is a serious condition brought on by cannabis, but after observing myself over the past 3 years, the episodes of vomiting and nausea, are getting smaller and smaller. And less intense.
It’s almost as if the amount of cannabis I smoke doesn’t affect me, just what I eat while being baked. I’ve even taken a small smoking break that didn’t worsen, yet didn’t improve my condition. It just made the nausea harder to deal with.
I now think that my spice use has somehow weakened my stomach lining, making me more susceptible to stomach ailments. Including acid reflux and gastritis.
It doesn’t matter what causes you pain or vomiting, hot water helps inflammation and relaxation drastically in any part of the body. There’s just the risk of dehydration after long episodes of bathing.
Of course, when you think of stomach problems related to weed, even with spice, the diet of a person can come into question.
During the summer of my year of spice I ate absolutely horribly. My diet consisted of fast food and dunkin donuts, with the occasional microwave meal or a lunchable, and soda soda soda.
People are well aware of the munchies, and when people get the munchies, they don’t necessarily grab the fruit bowl and chow down. They make poor diet choices, on the spot, consistenly as I did. Which can lead to chronic gastritis, IBS, etc.
Even with that, though, I still can’t shake the feeling that spice is somehow the root cause of my stomach issues.
I mean, it’s sprayed with horrible chemicals that aren’t good for any part of your body. And the long term effects are still unknown.
The kids and adults who smoked spice are the guinea pigs of this new and terrible synthetic.
It makes me wonder. Did other people who claim to have CHS smoke synthetics? Is their diet comparable to mine, or worse? How long did others smoke spic?
What I know for sure is that spice is an epidemic. It could give the next generation health problems we won’t even know how to deal with.
Like this mystery CHS.
I believe this syndrome is in part a sub-syndrome of something much bigger, possibly caused from spice, or just some fellow pot smokers, eating their way into the ER.
Either way, spice is in no way the control in this experiment. It seems to be the deciding factor.
After habitually smoking spice in the same amounts as cannabis, I feel my body is finally kicking these disgusting chemicals from out of it, and giving me one hell of a detox.
The human body is smart like that.
Make the choice for you, your mind and your body, and stop spice NOW.
It’s not worth it. Trust me!