How To Quit Using Spice & K2 (Safely)

Need to Stop Using Spice or K2?

You’ve come to the right place.

This site is dedicated to helping people learn more about spice, the street name for synthetic marijuana, and how to quit using it – for good.

You Are Not Alone

Spice is a real, growing drug problem in the US today. Synthetic marijuana is the second most commonly used drug in high schools in the US. 1 out of 9 students admit trying it at some point during high school.

Very often, spice is used because it’s seen as a legal, safe, more powerful and less expensive alternative to marijuana. Spice merchants will usually tell you it’s non-addictive, like weed and has few side effects.

Problem is, they were either lying to you or just plain ignorant about the dangerous side effects caused by the chemicals they sell.

In fact, the active ingredients in synthetic weed include over 200 man-made chemicals called synthetic cannabinoids. These chemicals are poorly understood by medical professionals, especially hospital emergency room staff. The chemicals are sprayed over cheap plant material and sold using cool-sounding brand names like Spice, K2, Scooby Snax, Mojo, Cloud9 and Diablo.

Today, a more potent liquid form of K2 and spice is being used in e-cigs and hookah pipes to avoid the stigma of looking like a pot head.

The real problem with synthetic cannabinoids is that they are often highly addictive, a problem not normally associated with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Use of synthetic cannabinoids also carries side effects that can be dangerous or even deadly to new users.

The two main reasons most people want to end an addiction to spice are the nasty side effects and the big changes in personality that come with using this drug on a regular basis.

Side Effects From Using Synthetic Cannabinoids

Use of spice carries life-damaging side effects for many users, including the following:

  • hallucinations
  • suicidal and homicidal thoughts
  • intense fear and paranoia
  • aggressive changes in personality
  • psychotic breaks
  • violent behavior.

It’s easy to understand why anyone would want to stop using Spice.

Unfortunately, if you’ve been using spice or K2 for weeks or months, then you may have a nasty surprise waiting for you when you try to quit.

Withdrawal Symptoms

If you’ve been using spice regularly and you try to quit, harsh withdrawal symptoms may appear that can make it difficult for you to function in the real world.

Many spice addicts report losing work for days or weeks due to the extreme, hangover-like effects of withdrawing from spice.

Here are some of the withdrawal symptoms shared on this site recently:

“Withdrawal left us unable to eat or drink without vomiting, cold sweats and insomnia”

“This is the worst feeling I have ever felt…Heroin withdrawal ten fold!!!

The most common spice and K2 withdrawal symptoms include:

  • nightmares
  • paranoia
  • extreme nausea and diarrhea
  • cold sweats
  • insomnia that can last for days
  • tremors, anxiety and restlessness.

Heart attacks are another, more dangerous, risk to users going through withdrawals.

The first withdrawal symptoms usually occur within the first few hours of ending drug use and typically persist for days or weeks.

The intensity and duration of withdrawal symptoms depend on how long the person has been using, what specific cannabinoid they were using and the person’s own body chemistry. The medical reasons for these symptoms are not well-understood.

The primary way to relieve withdrawal symptoms is to use more spice. This is what causes the vicious cycle of addiction that ruins families, loses careers – and worse.

Due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms, It is important for the user to have a strong support system during this time and to remain as physically strong as possible to reduce damage to his/her health.

Good hydration is also critical, due to the nausea and diarrhea that often accompany withdrawal.

Getting help from family and friends isn’t always a realistic option for a spice / K2 addict. For these patients, there are two main treatment options.

Option1: Local Support Groups

Joining a local Marijuana Anonymous (M.A.) support group in your area is a great first step to getting clean.

Some people in M.A. are addicted to spice in addition to having issues w/ marijuana. Marijuana Anonymous meetings are free to attend, and patients can visit meetings anytime they choose.

For family members trying to understand the harmful effects of synthetic marijuana, Marijuana Anonymous is a great place to start, too.

Newly recovering addicts may want to attend professional private therapy or rehab plus Marijuana Anonymous together, to improve the chances for success.

Option 2: Residential Treatment Centers

If you have insurance, checking in to a residential treatment center for spice or K2 addiction can be ideal. Many residential treatment centers today accept insurance for spice addiction recovery, and nearly all offer payment plans for patients.

At a residential treatment center, the counselors and staff are equipped with the knowledge and experience to help a person kick synthetic weed addiction for good. The patient needs to be ready for a drastic lifestyle change, but with constant monitoring, supervision and support, the journey becomes easier.

3 Steps To Permanent Recovery

There are three actions required by the user to achieve permanent recovery from spice addiction:

  1. detox
  2. counseling, and
  3. self-help.

When all three are done together, a patient has a much greater chance of successful recovery.

The detox process requires a strong support system who understands how to treat the symptoms of withdrawal.

Counseling helps the patient see how they were damaging their lives and the relationships around them when using spice.

Lastly, self-help is the key way to stay off drugs and continue a sober lifestyle well after treatment is over.

After you’ve detoxed and quit using the drug, in-person support groups like Marijuana Anonymous and online groups like this website can serve as a great sounding board that can help you stay on a clean and sober path, for the long term.

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  • My boyfriend has been using K2 for about 2mo that I know about and its tearing us apart I'm at a loss I don't know what to do he is really bad on this crap I love him to deaths from I won't give up on him I just don't know exactly what to do he says he wants to quit smoking this stuff but can't go more then 2 or 3 days and he goes and finds it behind my back . I seen on here where someone said try CDB oil to help with withdrawal off K2 I'm going to try it .

  • I'll share my story here, which will be the first time I do so. I started using spice junior year in high-school as a drug I could use as appose to weed, because I was on the football team. The effects were great and I passed all my drug tests for football. Things were all good I would smoke about a gram a day. At that time, I was working at a golf course so 20$ a day was bearable. Things were going great, and really I did not notice any symptoms of withdraw when I did decide to stop,because I was smoking weed because I was out of football, but that was in 2010. Fast forward 2016, the strands of this have gotten at least 3x stronger than I remember.I relapsed twice. Most recently, I relapsed July, my friend brought some to my house we smoked 2 grams nonstop in an hour. So disappointed we smoked it all that fast we decided to get more. Another 2 grams another 2 hours. He left that night, and I got 2 more the next day. From that day forward, I have gotten AT LEAST 2 grams a day till this date. Upon trying to stop, I do not sleep, I do not eat, vomiting, diarrhea and sweat in a 64 degree room. All things I expected after dealing with drug so long. It is now day 2 of sobriety, and I am man enough to admit the symptoms of my withdraw are as follows psychologically; depression, suicidal thoughts, paranoia, anxiety, complete loss of motivation. These are things people are not meant to go through alone, but I am also extremely anti-social and do not have any friends, so going through things alone is nothing new for me. It is actually where I think I am the most comfortable. Which is best for withdrawing, Ill tell you some of things I did to kick said habit twice before and how I plan to kick it again this time. GATOR AIDE, soup, fruit and Saltines, this is probably all you will be able to manage to get down, and even when you do it might come back up. Either way keep trying and STAY HYDRATED. To sleep, me personally, I MUST have a sedative, this is not recommended though because sedatives just like spice are highly addictive. As for the sweating and diarrhea, these could not be avoided or manged so I suffer through these both come and leave as they please. The detox for me takes about 4 days, and if are able to fight cravings, you WILL notice a change in your perception and feelings. Sorry this is so long, I just wanted to put as much information as I could for you guys. The main things people need to understand, in closing, is if you aren't like me, you are going to need some friends. Some really good ones at that you need some kind of support system, someone to build you up when you are low. That is the biggest factor. Surround yourself with people who understand you and your situation, and care about your well being. Because a fiend, addict, and current user only care about one thing, the drug. I'm open to chat to anyone about any questions or anything i might have missed again sorry this is so long -Dckuz

  • My boyfriend has been smoking k2 for quite sometime. As far as I know 4-6 years with detoxing twice prior to meeting him. When I first understood his need to smoke was for coping with past military stressors. Prior and present personal circumstances. I as a civilian am not in a place of experience to give him first hand support with his military trauma so at the time understood his need to cope. He at first showed no signs of instability with using. Thus didn't mistrust his ability to misuse. Now, with his continual use I find him smoking 10-30 minutes per session. Followed by intense urge to awake out of his sleep to smoke. He has become self secluded hours at a time. Followed by a zombie like state. The stressors associated with his job complicates his ability to quit. Due to kicking the habit before he feels he has the same control this time around. His behavior is met with anger and consecutive negative thoughts. I have a 9 year old son and a baby we have conceived together on the way. From gaining better understanding with sites such as this has broadened my awareness about this drug and its detrimental affects/effects. I believe we both agree he is needing to seek professional help. We have gotten into several heated arguments due to his choice to smoke in the house in which for everyone's health infuriates me. He isn't the man I met. And his behavior isn't of a man I fell to love. I want to give him support but in the same breath have the responsibility to care and support myself more for my children. More so I feel at a lost because I don't know how to help him for he must first want to help himself. I am at the point of leaving him. And has discussed with him if he doesn't seek the help he needs prior to the baby's birth he will not like the methods I will excecute for the sake and betterment of our child (he will be supervised during visits, he will not be allowed to take the baby to his personal home, nor will he be allowed to visit if he is high). I feel stuck because I do love him. I do want to help him. I do want to support him through such a difficult trial. But how can you protect yourself from someone struggling to find a means to quit when his relationship and child should be the determining factor to quit? Yet because I am not struggling with the addiction how do I support someone in this position? If anyone has advice for me please share for I am at a total lost. He admits to needing help. He says that he just has to slow down and find a way on his own. Can you self treat this addiction? Or should I just leave him to his own vices?

    • it changed how my brain works & changed my personality. Hes probably never going to be the same. If he stops, he will get a little better to be around but I cant keep my dopamine levels right anymore even though I quit a few years back. I still have to self medicate with pills & weed to keep from feeling sick.

    • I am in a similar situation. I gave him all the same stipulations but our child was born and he just hid it better for a while. Come to find out he even went and smoked while I was in the hospital having her. Finally he got clean but only after leaving him. And once we started trying to work things out he got comfortable and has now went back to getting high. He says he is going to fight for custody and visitation but he stays high so much he forgets all about it. He isnt working because he is a disabled vet so he spends all his time and all his money on spice. He has no genuine interest in his kids. I've tried to help and put myself through hell trying to get him clean. I've finally stopped. With the exception of some motivational Facebook messages I've cut the cord. I have left the line of communication open for him to see his daughter at any time, but he has yet to try.

    • He's going to need professional help. My boyfriend also is facing the same and he also said he would help himself he tried it but admitted to needing more help. I say check him into a rehab

  • I am going through this with mus husband as we speak. I have been with this man for 7 yrs now and he has kicked the spice addiction b4 and he SAYS he will stop after he is off of probation. I just do not know what do do anymore. I have wanted to leave him time and time agin but i just cant. I have Tried to help but really there is no point in helping when he dose not even want to stop his self! He says his sorry time and time agin. He says he dose not remember the things that he has said or the thins that he has done when he is out of spice. He uses all of our money (i am the only one with a job) we have to go at all hours of the day/night to "go pick up" when he is running low or is out he gets so negative and so violent and says some really ream, hateful and hurtful things. i know its not him talk. I know its the drug but the words still cut deep. He wants to brake thing throughout or home if he is out for even 20 mins. He can/has smoke up to 10 grams a day. He has put us so far into debt with this addiction is unbelievable. I have to find out from other that my husband owes this person and that person money, not including the money he has took from me. I dont know if its time to let go or still try n stay in help. I want to be there for him but at the same time we have went down this rode so many times b4. Will he ever change? :(

    • He is sick, Im going through it. Don't leave your husband he needs help. I decided we could go to kick it cold turkey, I'm going to the worst withdrawals. It is not easy. Support support support family is very important. If it gets too bad do what you gotta do. He needs support.

    • I think you should leave him, yeah it will hurt cause you've been with him so alone but you have to ask yourself what's more important?. I pray that you make a wise choice and leave him and maybe one day he'll get the help he needs.

  • Quote: "didn't go through withdrawals because my mind wasn't on it." That is nonsensical. You can not defeat withdrawl by simply not thinking about. It's a physical withdrawl

    • No it won't stop the withdrawal but it helps to try not to think about it. I use the Serenity Prayer

      • It's kind of hard not to think about it when you are awake for three days straight, having constant diarrhea, having dry heaves, walking on legs that feel like rubber and being dizzy 24/7 .

        • Hi Cynthia, I work for the Dr. Oz Show in NYC and we are looking to do a show on drugs like spice/k2 and I was wondering if you would be interested in talking with Dr. OZ about your addiction and current recovery. If you are available and interested on Wednesday January 11, please email me your contact information so we can further discuss at mallen@zoco.com. Thank you for your time.

          • my sister worked for a popular store and she was selling it. we had unlimited access to it. i ended up watching the owners house & the place got robbed. i had to pull a gun on 3 young guys that were looking for spice. we did so many bad things for the owner of the store. our county was out of control with the stuff. we got in really deep. my sister is a felon now because of it and i quit but still cant get back into society. it sure is one like destroying drug. i wish i could see this episode of the show but i probably missed it. i just want to know why i quit so long ago and cant get better. i still feel sick everyday. maybe its because i would get low and pick flecks of it off the floor & it was mixed with all kinds of nasty things. i was probably smoking cat hair & paint chips with it but didn't care at the time because i was so hooked.

          • I have a nephew in the hospital right now who has been smoking this K2 he 16 years old he's threatened suicide he's attempted to run away he's a lost soul if you could help us we would be greatly appreciated

          • I would I've been smoking spice for 5 years soid it's has ruined my life n family n Freund's life's I knew I trying to get clean now for 3 mouth do 2'to hafe weeks then I give in cuz I need sleep with out spice I've been up for 7 nights

          • Hi I'm Sean Dawson I just stop smoking k2 spice it was taken control over my life my wife and kids I like to tell my story.

  • If you are going through withdrawals and are just trying to sleep it away it's not that easy. When you find yourself laying in bed at night can't sleep don't just lay there. Find a movie that you can get into.(romance,drama,even animated) try to stay away from the action movies you don't want to get your body worked up. Turn your air down get a sheet not a big cover like ur body might tell you to grab. And take it one step at a time. You might find yourself up all night or even a couple nights But its less stressful on the mind to watch a movie then to stay in your own head about all the wrong you have done or all the good you want to do it will drive you crazy trust me.

  • Someone please help me, I don't know what else to do. I'm losing my husband to this. He is not the same person anymore. He is mean. I'm getting to the point where I don't know how much longer I can stand to see him do this to himself. I'm losing him and I can't help someone who doesn't want to help themselves. I need advice...someone please help.

    • take him far away where he has no friends or access to it until he detoxes. I'm a girl & I got very violent. I cut myself up, put my fist through the walls, burn myself, broke all my things & beat my head on a shelf. You need to get away for your safety if hes not going to try and get better. My supply went away so I had to stop. I was not going to stop & I would be dead if they didn't shut the shops in our county down.

  • the effects of drugs on our children and youths in the family and in our community as a whole is getting out of hand, as a single father with two kids, struggling for daily bread, my hope on larry my son,who happened to be an addict to drugs was elapsing.He's been an addict for 10 years, which has caused him a lot of troubles,he gets to move with bad peers,steal from me and sometimes from other people to get drugs.he gets into fight and misbehave whenever he's done taking them .he's been arrested several times and rehabilitated twice .this got me worried and scared.Now he's doing fine after some couple of days of contact with diviner peterson,who helped pray for him and got him free from addiction .i got to contact him after i saw a testimony of a woman on a blog who also faced similar issue with her husband. i'm so happy and greatful. i'd urge anyone who's lost hope already not to,but to contact him via his email adress: newgracefoundation@gmail.com

  • I don't know what to do anymore, my partner well when I first met him I didn't know he smoked spiced till we started and it was all okay but I never payed attention to it till it was too late that drug has consumed everything from him I wanna give up so many times it's a daily thing now he's grown to be addicted and I have ran out of options I really wanna just let go because I should know my worth I myself have never even done drug in my whole life so I don't understand a addiction/withdraws I need help on how I can help him stop using it. When it's out in the open I throw it all away he gets mad but I do it for his own good but not even that helps he still manages to get more and all his money goes to that drug as well I just need help.

    • i quit 3 years ago. I still cant function in society. I had access to an unlimited supply though so I did more than the average user. My brain is messed up, I don't sleep, I still twitch & get the shakes. I wish I could tell you something positive but I didn't get better after I stopped.

      • I just don't know if I should give up on my partenr or not I mean at times I have noticed it stops me from doing what's good for me, I just don't wanna leave a loved one lost in spice but everything I do doesn't seem to help, what made you stop?

        • I could not stop. My supply ran out and the local shops got shut down & I got to sick to go looking far for it. After a few weeks I stopped throwing up. The stuff had made me loose 100 lbs in 3 months from just throwing up. That alone destroyed my stomach throat. After using everyday for a few years, I dont see how the damage can be undone. I went to doctors & tried to get help but they just wanted to lock me up. It took a long time for my family to forgive me for how crazy I acted. I was so out of control & dangerous. Sometimes you have to walk away. My family did because they could not help. We can talk about it openly now but I know my life is changed forever because of the stuff. I love my family a lot but addiction is so bad. You hurt the ones you love the most. They have to be willing to at least try and get help or you are going to be miserable. Im sorry your dealing with this but your doing the right thing by talking about it. Your just gong to ask yourself how much you really love this person & how much you are wiling to loose. I feel terrible about it but Im honest and will say when a person is really hooked and having withdraw, they will sell their souls to feel better. I stole quite a lot of stuff from people I care about just because I didnt want to get so dopesick.

          • I have a cousin is has gotten to that point where you say, my partner hasn't gotten that bad but that's what I want to avoid

  • if its spice, your going to be. that's how it starts. its a drug that your body gets really tolerant to fast. i smoke mad bud but this is a totally different thing. just kick it and stick to bud. it will end up making it hard for weed to even get you buzzed after you do spice for a while. i miss being able to smoke bud and enjoy it. now it just keeps me from getting dope sick.

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