Spice is legal, so it can’t be that bad. Right?
When you are using a drug like Spice (Synthetic Marijuana) , you are dealing with a lot of unknowns.
Due to the recent introduction of the product and the ever-changing chemical components, you can never be 100% sure you are using the same product today that you did yesterday. This is a risk that will always be associated with a synthetic drug like herbal Incense.
The manufacturers are constantly changing the ingredients to stay ahead of the law. The fact that these people are likely to be using crude measurements when producing it, you can’t be sure it will have the same amount of the synthetic cannabinoids in every batch.
This is why it is so hard for researchers to give you an exact answer when it comes to the health risks associated with smoking herbal incense. They know spice is bad for you they just don’t know how bad. They could be researching a chemical right now that might not even be used next week. This makes things very difficult when testing the risks.
John W. Huffman, PhD., who is a Clemson University researcher and the creator of the some of the very first research chemicals or synthetic cannabinoids says, “It is like Russian roulette to use these drugs. We don’t know a darn thing about them for real,” in an interview with WebMD.
He has also been quoted as saying
- “These compounds were not meant for human consumption”
- “Their effects in humans have not been studied and they could very well have toxic effects. They absolutely should not be used as recreational drugs.”
Dr. Huffman’s statements are quite disturbing for me., because the drug JWH-018 is named after him. He knows what he is talking about when it comes to these designer drugs.
So, what do we really know about Spice?
While the information on fake pot is always being updated, there are many health risks that we DO know because they are reported by emergency rooms treating patients who have been using Spice.
- Risk of heart attack
- Elevated blood pressure
- Increase in heart rate
- Overheating of the brain
- Reduction of the blood supply to the heart (myocardial ischemia)
- High potential of addiction
- Kidney failure
And these are just the risks that have been documented.
In addition to the short-term health risks, most government and health authorities now agree that synthetic marijuana can be highly addictive. Getting off the drug may require days or weeks of painful withdrawals.
Often, people addicted to spice need to enter a spice rehab facility or an outpatient treatment program to get clean.