What Is Spice / K2? The Facts On Synthetic Marijuana 2017

Spice / K2: It’s Not What You Think!

Many people have heard about Spice or K2, also known as synthetic cannabis, fake pot, synthetic marijuana, legal weed, herbal incense and potpourri.

But most people have no idea how this awful synthetic drug is affecting millions of people all over the world.

The word is leaking out, however, as reports to Poison Control and emergency room visits have skyrocketed over the past few years.

This page answers the question: what exactly is Spice / K2 – and what does it do to you?

What Does Spice Look Like?

Traditional smoked Spice/K2 looks like herbal tobacco, or natural marijuana.

It’s actually made from dried plant material and chopped up herbs in a mixture of colors including beige, cream red and brown.

The active ingredients are synthetic chemicals (cannabinoids) sprayed onto the plant material.

spice diamond open packet

The most popular brands sold today are Spice and K2, but Spice is sold under more than 600 names including Mojo, Scooby Snax, Black Mamba and Annihilation.

Today, vaping the liquid form of synthetic marijuana is a fast-rising trend, replacing smoking.

Cloud 9 synthetic marijuana droplets

The increasing popularity of e-cigarettes, vape pens and hookah pens, especially in high schools and universities, is the reason behind this shift.

What Is Spice/K2 Made Of?

Natural marijuana gains its mind-altering effects from a chemical known as THC.

Synthetic marijuana, on the other hand, is coated with synthetic cannabinoids – a family of over 700 research chemicals.

In other words, synthetic marijuana / K2 / Spice is completely different than natural marijuana.

In 2008, the scientific and law enforcement communities began to study what was actually contained in synthetic cannabis mixtures. What they found was alarming.

Analysis showed that rather than being a simple mixture of harmless herbs, such as canavalia maritima, leonotis leonurus, zornia latifolia and others, the product had in fact been sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids.

These are not the “All Natural” ingredients listed on their packaging and on the sellers’ web sites. These chemicals are similar to natural cannabinoid found in marijuana, THC – tetrahydracannabinol, but affect our brain receptors differently.

Spice and K2 may contain one of many synthetic cannabinoids such as JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200, AM-2201 UR-144, XLR-11, AKB4, cannabicyclohexanol and AB-CHMINACA, AB-PINACA or AB-FUBINACA.

Even the prescription drug, phenazapam, has been found in some products.

Synthetic cannabinoids happens to fit into the same receptors that THC latches onto in the brain, so they can have an effect similar to THC.

However, some synthetic cannabinoids are 100X stronger than THC and many operate on other brain receptors, too.

This can cause a number of significant negative side effects including high blood pressure, blurred vision, heart attack, vomiting, seizures, hallucinations, and severe anxiety and paranoia.

Deaths have also been associated with use of the drug.

Synthetic marijuana is not sold as a single brand, nor does it make use of just one ingredient.

There are a number of different manufacturers who use the same basic approach, but produce very different chemicals.

How Is Synthetic Marijuana Made?

It wasn’t long after the use of Spice & K2 became available that people started experiencing and reporting adverse side effects, including serious psychosis.

Synthetic cannabinoids are produced as an oil or a crystalline powder that can easily be sprayed on plant material or any other low cost garbage the manufacturers can get away with to create a product that can be smoked and provide some kind of high.

Most spice manufacturers don’t follow high manufacturing standards. Many of the chemicals are produced in cheap basement labs in China or Russia.

Because of the wide variety of chemicals involved and the sloppy manufacturing methods used to produce them, the health risks of one batch may not be the same as another batch, turning use of the drug into a game of Russian roulette.

Chemical impurities also carry additional, and possibly much greater, risks.

In liquid forms of Spice or K2, the variety of chemicals may be greater. Some suspect that a few brands of liquid Spice may contain traces of synthetic psychedelics such as 2C-P.

Analysis by the German government in 2008 showed that some products contained almost none of the supposedly mild traditional herbs that were advertised as ingredients.

Around the world, governments have begun to pay attention to spice. One after another, countries find that these products, far from being innocent, contain very dangerous artificial chemicals which are responsible for producing the so called “natural” psychotropic effects.

Spice manufacturers continue to develop new varieties of chemicals in an attempt to get around new laws against synthetic cannabis.

Very few synthetic cannabinoids have been tested on human beings, so none of them can be considered safe.

Where Did Spice Come From?

Spice (synthetic cannabinoid) was first sold as a recreational drug in 2004, in the UK.

By 2006, it had gained a considerable hold on the market, and the brand name Spice (along with another brand, K2) had become a generic term for all synthetic cannabis.

At first, people believed Spice was simply a mixture of harmless herbs that had a similar effect to marijuana, so it was legally sold all over the world, especially via the internet. It was attractively packaged in small colorful sachets, and generally marketed as a herbal smoking tobacco substitute, or as incense. The packaging had a kind of 60’s, summer of love, retro feel, which gave it an aura of harmlessness.

The product itself looks very much like herbal tobacco or even potpourri.

In fact, Spice is often sold as potpourri, room deodorizer or incense, purporting to be an innocent product for scenting rooms and will usually have the warning, “Not for human consumption” on the packet.

But this is just a marketing strategy to ward off legal threats.

Consumers, through the grapevine, know perfectly well that they are buying something intended to be smoked in a joint or a bong pipe.

Is Synthetic Marijuana Legal?

In most countries around the world, including the United States, synthetic cannabis is illegal. Spice use is also banned for U.S. Military personnel.

There are, unfortunately, some countries around the world where synthetic cannabinoids remain legal. This is creating a tangle of problems for authorities in the U.S and is probably increasing the use of synthetic cannabis.

In May, 2013, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) took action and formally banned Synthetic Marijuana as a Class I drug, making distribution of legal weed a federal crime in the US.

Unfortunately, the DEA action only covered a small number of chemicals, leaving pushers legal room to sell different chemicals in their place. Some states are taking further action to limit all forms of spice.

The manufacturers of synthetic cannabis work hard to stay one step ahead of the law and are continuously creating new compounds to side-step regulations.

Today, it’s basically a cat and mouse game between the creators of these dangerous substances and the legislators who seek to protect the unsuspecting public, especially young people who are easily conned into thinking that they have somehow found legal, safe weed.

As fast as common synthetic cannabinoids are banned, the producers create different versions which can slip through the legal net. This is creating huge problems as the authorities attempt to cut of the many heads of the hydra.

Today, it is estimated there are well over 200 synthetic cannabinoids sold on the street, with about 50 of them currently listed in the US as federal Class I drugs.

The following 7-minute news report by CNN explains just how hard it is for law enforcement to get their hands around this fast-growing problem.

What Does Spice/K2 Do To You?

Almost no synthetic cannabinoids sold on the street today have been tested on human beings; none of them can be considered safe.

The effects on people who use spice are many and varied, but often it’s bad news.

Side effects include many of the classic symptoms of hard core drug addiction: intense cravings, vomiting, extreme agitation, psychotic episodes including hallucinations, and even heart attacks.

An expert in the field and the man who the chemical JWH is named after, Professor John W Huffman, is quoted as saying,

People who use it are idiots.

Today, synthetic marijuana is widely believed to be more dangerous than the real thing.

According to CBS News, more than 11,400 people attended the emergency room in 2010 due to the effects of Spice.

In 2015, the number of bad reaction reports to US Poison Control centers has tripled vs. 2014.

Most users are young and ignorant to the negative effects synthetic marijuana can have on them. Some have died from their first exposure to the drug.

This 2-minute clip from PBS NewsHour shares the experiences of three teens who tried Spice for the first time.

The real problem with fake weed is that it is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s sold with a nice, natural image, promising the user harmless herbs and a natural high.

In fact, spice is an unpredictable, untested synthetic chemical that offers no labeling to see what you’re actually using, and the effects of use can be devastatingly harmful to many.

Is Synthetic Marijuana Addictive?

We get this question a lot.

The short answer is, YES.  Absolutely.

It’s nothing like real marijuana, in this way.




Unfortunately, it’s taken the medical, scientific and legal community years to catch-up to the realities of this new class of drug.

Today, there is general consensus among health professionals and government organizations that synthetic marijuana is addictive.

But the education of America has really just begun.

During the period 2009-2012, the US experienced a sharp rise in Poison Control Center calls, police calls and emergency room visits related to synthetic marijuana.

By 2012, synthetic weed had become the second-most abused drug in US high schools, according to the NIDA.

The side effects and withdrawal symptoms were becoming clear to public officials, so many cities and states began to ask for legal action.

In April and August of 2015, the country experienced yet another outbreak of overdoses related to one of the newer street chemicals.

In reaction to these outbreaks, leading government and industry health organizations now classify synthetic cannabinoids as dangerous and addictive drugs. These include:

While most professionals agree on the addictive nature of spice and K2, serious medical research into synthetic cannabis is still underway.

Where Can I Learn More About Spice/K2?

While we wait for research to be completed, the next best way to learn about spice addiction is to listen to spice addicts and their loved ones tell their stories.

This is why we launched this site in 2013.

Since then, our users have submitted over a thousand personal accounts of addiction to synthetic marijuana.

The best 1,000 stories are available for you to read on this site.

All of the stories posted here are real, raw and unedited (except for fixing typos/formatting).

The user stories and discussions on this site paint a consistent and vivid picture of just how addictive spice can be, for example:

If you haven’t started using synthetic marijuana, then I hope this article steers you clear of it.

If you are using synthetic marijuana (smoking or vaping), then I hope you’ve learned that spice is dangerous, addictive and quitting spice can be hard.

Don’t believe people who tell you this isn’t a serious addiction.

Please get professional help, if you need it.


Need Help Quitting Spice/K2?

If you or a loved one is addicted to spice, call our hotline at (888)645-3912 to find a treatment program near you.





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  • Cody

    The goverment doesnt understand! If marijuana was legal there would be less people buying and using this potentually deadly alternative.

  • Then why is it still being sold in Washington State?

  • rhyth

    I called the cops three times telling them what’s was going on. I don’t think they care.

  • aaron

    synthetic marijuana almost destroyed my life I wouldn’t eat wouldn’t sleep wouldn’t even take my kids out to do anything because his drug at such a control over my life I smoked it for over 4 years the withdraws from that are so horrible he just want to kill yourself don’t there is hope you will feel better and go back to normal but yoyou need the support of family and friends and no matter how bad you want to go back to it don’t I know easier said than done I’ve been off of it for over 2 weeks now and I’m beginning to go back to normal I would never go back to that demon

  • Noha

    I thought I was going to die I was vomiting and everything. I was with my friend and his other friend they told me it was some kind of strawberry marijuana so I smoked some and I kept feeling like I was part of a dream everything looked like a cartoon I eventually had to call my mom to get me.
    I told my friend I was pretty shore it was spice and he needed to get rid of it because I don’t want him to go through the same thing, it was truly scary.

    • Baelynn

      The same thing happened to me but I couldn’t even control my body and I slipped into a seizure.

  • kimberly miller

    Wow…this is unbelieveable. I just saw a report about Spice, had never heard of it before, and wanted to find out more. The stories on this site are heartbreaking…all my love and support truly goes out to individuals dealing with this awful addiction. Please know it’s not your fault, and in many cases, this is bigger than you- seek help. I’m assuming many hospitals will not know much about Spice, but I’m sure there are specialized rehab centers that could point you in the right direction. Call everywhere until you get advice.

    There’s so little info available about this substance- does anyone know exactly what part of the brain / receptors this affects? I’m seeing these AWFUL withdrawal stories, and so many tales of people being unable to withdraw cold turkey and having to go back to it because of the terrible side effects of being off it. This is making me so sad for all of you. I’m curious if something like small doses of suboxone (a medication used to almost totally kill the effects of heroin/pill/opiate withdrawal) could be effective for people trying to quit spice. This medication has incredible success rates of helping people get off opiates, as you don’t go through the withdrawal. MUCH higher chances of getting clean if this is used vs. cold turkey. After stabilizing you cut the dose of suboxone until you are totally off it. I’m very curious if this would help with spice WD’s. Call around to addiction specialists in your area and see if they can help. I’m thinking of you all! xo Kimberly

  • Unknown

    I’m gonna tell you a story about me. I smoked synthetic weed for 9 years. That’s right 9 years. Had 3 seizures on it. You’re probably saying this guy is stupid. Yeah I am stupid. This crap is no good. Anyways… I was bad off on it. Never ate. Never drank. Never slept. Never went to school. Just smoked all day. No rehab will help. Nothing will. You have to have the will power to quit. It’s all in you. The story goes one day I was smoking dead man walking with my brother. We had smoked about 7 joints in about 2 hours. We felt fine you know giggling and laughing. Then all of a sudden I collapsed. Dead on scene 4 times to be exact. You might say I’m crazy but I saw god that day. And he told me he was gonna give me one more chance at life. He told me if I didn’t part ways with the demons I had on my back that I was not entering his kingdom. Quickly I had awoken in the hospital with tubes and ivs in me. I looked at my mom and I had told her the story. And I had told her that u was sorry for everything. Everything I’ve ever done to her. Life was miserable. But that’s how powerful that drug is. You want misery. You want the suffering but for what? A 10 min high if lucky 20?! After that I changed my ways. I got back into school. I started going to church. I met the women of my dreams. Trust me on this ppl if you’re smoking it. Take this story to the heart. Don’t be me and screw up your life. It’s not worth the struggle. Live life to the fullest and be the person you set out to be! Stay safe with all love and prayers

    • Marie

      I love your story! This is what our prayer is for my brother! That he finds God! Then all the stress from this addiction would be worth it! I’m happy your story has a happy ending! I’m praying ours will too! 🙂

    • Sheri Nutter

      Wow your story is so amazing! I am so glad you got a second chance – Thank you for sharing. You have a powerful testominy!

    • Joseph R

      Sounds fake.

  • Blaming vaping for the resurgence of Spice is irresponsible. Vaping has been proven an effective smoking-cessation activity. Please don’t confuse illegal drug use with the use of vaping to stop smoking.

    • Mary,

      We agree. But no one on this site is blaming vaping for the recent increase in Spice use. I haven’t seen this said anywhere else, either.

      That said, the rapid increase in vaping in our society is a complicating factor when it comes to synthetic drug abuse. For the following reasons:

      1. Liquid forms of synthetic drugs are odorless & tasteless. This makes their use much easier to hide when vaping vs. when smoking. Much less ‘pothead’ stigma, too.

      2. Vape pens make it much easier to mix & match several drugs into a single hit. When synthetic cannabinoids are involved, this can be extremely dangerous due to the many unknowns involved.

      3. Vaping as an activity is growing fastest among teens, where use of synthetic cannabinoids is also very popular.

      • Anonymous

        I use to smoke a lot of spice and I never had a bad trip I never felt cravings I just really enjoyed the psychedelic high and hallucinations. I was addicted to heroin for a while but my father was able to get me off that stuff i vape now to avoid ciggaretts and i smoke nicotine vaping is sometimes a better alternative to smoking ciggaretts well I enjoy vaping and spice never gave me a bad teip but it is a bad drug not recommended.

        • Frank Dude

          Liar

    • Frank Dude

      Thank you. These faggots are gonna ruin my ecig because they wanna smoke research chemicals

  • ChooseLife

    My brother is currently in prison for illegal drug related crime and after two years of being clean(ish) has now become hooked on this new spice stuff. It is heartbreaking to see what damage it is doing further to what he has already done to himself and our family. At this rate he is going to rot away in prison smoking a legal high. Not exactly cool or “gangsta” is it. Getting high with a bunch of scum in a prison cell. He has become the opposite of what he could of been. The saddest thing? He cannot stop himself. Even at rock bottom, he continues to tunnel further down.

    • Frank Dude

      Addictive personality
      Go to NA and AA meetings.

      • Joseph R

        No such thing as an addictive personality.

        • Frank Dude

          Good one…… Try again. Cleanish, isn’t sobriety. So after 2 years of using other shit he started this… Addictive personality.

    • OHDisqusNSA666100

      Prohibition: not harmless.

  • Dlgv

    WTF? I didnt know what this “scooby doo snax potpurri” was, until my husband and I were at a friends house, he gave us and told us it was syntheyic marijuana, i scared a little bit, but we smoked anyway. To be honest, i didnt felt anything, so i smoked it more times to see if i could get the trippy shit u know, but no, nothing happened. (Thank god maybe). But in the other hand, my husband got so so so horny, he wanted to fckuk every second, (he smoked normal marijuana once and felt sleepy, down, etc) but this time with this synthetic stuff was all active and awake u know. We didnt know what was that but ay least we didnt felt all the things u guys are saying. (Sorry my english is bad) thanks.

  • John Johnson

    I wish this garbage would not be called synthetic marijuana. It has about as much in common with marijuana as heroine. True synthetic marijuana would be THC. The end.

    • John,

      We agree.

      But the people who sell synthetic cannabinoids often market it as a “safe, legal and untestable” alternative to natural weed.

      There is also the inconvenient truth that synthetic cannabinoids act on the same brain receptors as THC.

      Until the distributors stop marketing it as legal weed, the term will probably stick.

      • Replacement_Ref

        The issue with calling it “legal weed” is the chemicals are not always “synthetic cannabinoids”, but rather whatever chemical the maker can get for cheap. Buying true synthetic cannabinoids is too expensive. I can go chop up some alfalfa, throw on some paint thinner or brake cleaner, and make a sale and make a larger profit. In a lot of cases, those brain receptors targeted are NOT the CB1 and CB2 receptors activated by most cannabinoids. And in many cases the “high” is a simple case of hypoxia (lack of oxygen), rather than a true high. The result is the same as huffing gas, with the same permanent brain and nerve damage.

        • Could you cite examples / references for that claim?

          • Replacement_Ref

            One example is a news report, found at this link:
            http://www.krdo.com/news/federal-chemist-reveals-spice-ingredients/22745782

            I also have nearly 30 years experience as a firefighter paramedic, and have seen the evolution of the product. I also had knowledge of o e do-workers son who wound up with brain damage from making spice from a recipe he found online.
            In Utah, Spice has been outlawed, so dealers will use whatever plant product they can find, and spray it with whatever chemical they can find. Acetone seemed to be fairly popular. When acetone was unavailable, one dealer used “odor free” paint thinner.

          • Thank you for sharing.

      • OHDisqusNSA666100

        There have been “safe legal” alternatives to weed since the 1970s, but it was never this bullsh–, it was damiana, motherwort, catnip, maybe sprayed with damiana extract.

  • Marie

    I need some fast advise! My brother has been addicted to spice for over 3 years! He has a almost 2 year old and a baby due in 6 weeks. He was a good kid from a good family and is married to a great girl. I guess he got into pot in college and decided to do spice so they can’t drug test him at his job. Since then his life has been spiraling out of control!! He leaves on 5 day binges in his car. At first we thought he was dead. Like 3 months ago my parents bought them a house two blocks from my parents house to help him get clean and help take care of his family. He has lost 7 jobs in the last year because of spice. Since they’ve moved him up here things have gotten way worse. Instead of trying to pay them back and helping pay for there mortgage he has been disappearing on drug binges. This was his 3rd one in the last 3 months. He’s taking my parents under financially!! He had just gotten hired at the post office which is a great job and that only lasted 3 weeks and then started back on them heavily. Blew off his job and took off again. His wife just left him cause she’s been saying she would for years and finally she hit the end of her rope! After she left he asked my mom to barrow her car for work and took off on another spice binge in my mom’s car. Keep in mind his car came back all damaged on his last binge. Broken window, mirror missing, paint all scratched. So this one also lasted 5 days before the cops found him. I had reported he took a gun with him and I thought he could be suicidal. The cop ended up putting him in the psych department on a suicidal hold for 72 hours. Which was great but It’s been over 72 hours and my parents and his wife are on the way to talk about his discharge plan. They said they are unable to hold him anymore. His wife said they are not allowing him back home or to my parents house. She said it’s the streets or rehab. She told my parents if they allow him home she’s leaving with the grandkids and they won’t see her anymore!! I agree 100 percent he needs rehab and consequences for his actions I’m just worried he could kill himself. I want to know your thoughts? They can’t continue to enable him. He doesn’t want help, he has no money or car. Damaged car on his last binge. So do you agree to kick him out on the streets with no money or car etc… what’s the best thing to do?? Any advise is appreciated!! This drug is destroying our entire family!

    • Marie,

      It sounds like from your description that spice rehab or another type of inpatient facility might be the way to go.

      You’ll need health insurance (any kind) and a committed patient to make inpatient rehab worthwhile, though. If you think this might be the right option, then give our hotline a call (number above) to learn more.

      All the best,

      Bobby T.

    • alroy leighton

      Hi marie how are you.
      it looks like your brother will need to make up his mind about what he wants to do with his life. He has a wife and children and also suppportive parents. You do not need to feel guilty for his actions, for that matter no one should. If i was you I will give him options as in rehabs and leave it at that. He is an adult and needs to make his own decision…
      Its hard advise but thats the bottom line…all the best

      • Frank Dude

        Um… Shitty advice. Get his ass kicked and throw him in jail.

    • Jack

      He’d be better off dead and so would you, his wife, his children, and his parents. I lost my son to drugs after 5 years of the hell you’re describing. Although I loved him and think of him every day, we are all better off that he’s gone. That’s the reality that no one wants to admit. His family, his sister, and his mother and I are all closer that his problems are not ripping our family apart anymore. We will always miss him, but our lives are no longer dictated by his misbehavior.

    • Amber Blevins Janiak

      Do you live in Florida?

  • Worthian

    I smoked it for about 6 months straight and quit no problem. It was a little uncomfortable but when u compare it to my 4 year xanax addiction it is nothing. Now that is hell! I could see why some people have difficulty quitting spice, but I guess it was easier for me cause I know the true horror of a real drug withdrawal. Xanax will take your soul…

    • Skye

      Just saying xanax is one of the best things put there

    • Ateeb Ahmed

      Recent studies suggest strong links of addiction (of any sort) to genetics. Some people like yourself consider waking away from compulsive drug abuse/addiction as a walk in the park while others might consider ending their lives over sheer helplessness they face from addiction and how it effect their lives. It is subjective to each individual and how they gauge and their frame of reference when they speak about compulsive/addictive behaviour. To stereotype people suffering from this disease is not only ignorant but disrespectful as it undermines the suffering these people endure. Im sure your Xanax addiction must have been no less than earth shattering for you but might not be on the mind of some one suffering from heroin withdrawal

    • OHDisqusNSA666100

      Spice might have been that bad if a man wearing a white coat and a stethoscope and a name tag, who an insurance company paid $200, had said to you, “You have a chemical imbalance in your brain which spice will definitely correct”!

  • Jason The Otaku

    blame obama for being a complete retard and keeping marijuana illegal in the first place this country is a pos hope the next president takes after the leaders of mexico and canada and legalizes it once and for all jesus christ

  • kenz

    its not even 2016…

    • Sean Kivlighn

      Clearly he meant 2015 genius.

  • Tee H Sea

    I can’t believe the one section where it says something about officials now believing spice is more dangerous than real marijuana? I was like huh??!!! Then I read the next sentence where it said that like 11000 people were hospitalized from it in like a year or something? Tuhat’s 11000 more people than have gone to the hospital for the icky sticky green stuff, but the government still thinks spice “might be more dangerous”

  • Eduardo

    Guns it kill ?
    Tobacco it kill ?
    Liquor it kill ?
    Synthetic drug it kill ?
    Is this a marijuana advertisement to be approved
    After all ??? So mrijuana it is good right now ??? Or because the goverment have his share.
    If tomorrow the goverment have his cut from
    Cocaine morphine and heroin it be legal to and we will see different kind of advertisement to sale the product. I feel the goverment concern
    About money not the people health or if the people have job or not or the ones sleep in the street. This goverment full of hypocrisy and
    Corrupted employees and cups it is look like
    Not more than a gang of thieves.

  • ashsj

    Hi, I smoked weed 4 times when i was 14, I was wondering if I’e messed up my brain permanently. It was really stupid of me and I will never do it again. Now I’m terrified.

    • jay

      nope it hasent don’t worry

    • khmerog

      Do you feel like a dumb ass? If you can’t think for yourself it’s probably because your parents were brothers and sisters and not because of marijuana.

    • Thomas Lombnes Lundsvoll

      weed has no side effects at all. it gives you extra cannibinouds for just a few hours and then you are creating new and more natrual cannibinouds. u r fine, trust me

      • MDavis

        You’re wrong. Signed, From Colorado

      • sami

        Wrong.Just like there are people who cannot eat nuts or shellfish because they are highly allergic, there are people who cannot smoke or eat pot. I know because I am one of them. Google “Marijuana Hell” on patient info and you will see many who have had problems and serious ones because of MJ. For the most part it is perfectly fine for most people but for others it screws you up.

    • Mike

      I completely understand your being terrified, because if you notice people who keep smoking weed destroy their own brain cells, and the effects of that my friend effect each person differently, some become complete losers, start getting all tattooed out and even worse drug feinds, dumpster divers etc. It’s usually starts with people who want to feel good or fit in with the crowd, although believe the effects in that you see the people who tell you it’s OK, and maybe laugh at you, notice how weed had changed them in such a crazy way. If anyone tell you weed is fine it’s because they want so bad to believe it because they are already all screwed up in the brain. Be glad you only had this insanity put in you 4 times and that has impacted your brain not as much as only ruined your way of thinking a little bit by destroying a little bit of your brain cells. People like you and me know their are enough problems to deal with and we need our brain to work with what it has and NOT use drugs to ruin our brain and trick it into thinking we escape from reality when really it’s a terrible deception NOT an escape! Don’t believe the lies that it’s OK, just look at the facts in plain sight, weed had become legal although it’s only for the profits, notice the people who do it all the time and how weird they are and judge for yourself my friend.

      • Bridget

        I don’t smoke pot, nor anything else but, this is a joke, right? You’re giving false information to someone who (along with yourself) is clearly ignorant on the affects of marijuana- good or bad. This probably isn’t the best place to argue and I should pick my battles, but this is one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve ever seen regarding marijuana. Obviously you’re stuck in “Reefer Madness” times. You should probably do some research before you look like a misinformed, narrow-minded dipshit. However, that ship has sailed, and here you are.

      • Iam Suttle

        Are you fucking serious? You sound like a anti marijuana ad out of the 50s. Lol Please wake up. Yes synthetic weed is dangerous and can kill you, but natural marijuana or “weed” is not only not dangerous,, but is a God given medicine. They sold you that anti weed crap so you’d rely on their prescription drugs to feel good.

      • Terrymac

        Is this a troll attempt? If it is it’s pretty pathetic, and if it’s not then you sound like a completely ill informed numbskull. In fact, you sound like you’ve been indulging yourself!

      • Jay Tee

        Ether you’re 9 years old or you’re just ignorant as he’ll

    • OHDisqusNSA666100

      Definitely. Not only did you permanently destroy your brain, you also will not be going to heaven, you will be going to the other place.

    • Jeremy Kossen

      Research has demonstrated that cannabis relatively safe and less addictive than alcohol or many other drugs (legal and illegal). However, chronic, high-dose, high-THC cannabis use has been associated with a number of adverse effects. In adults, many of these effects appear reversible after a relatively short period of abstinence. However, the risks are far greater when use begins in adolescence. The risk for developing dependency is double (17% instead of 9%), and the risk of long-term irreversible cognitive impairments are much higher. One long-term study conducted over more than two decades found an 8 point decline in IQ (although, a few twins studies later conducted have challenged the findings). The same researchers found few other adverse effects (and some surprisingly positive effects). Nonetheless, the risk of adverse effects (some of which may be permanent) are much higher among adolescent users than adults (because the brain is still developing). That being said, if someone tried cannabis just a few times in their adolescence, the chances of developing any persistent long-term effects are likely relatively low. Most of the studies showing permanent long-term effects are of users who started young, and consumed frequently.

  • eldueno

    The reasons folks smoke grass is to show how cool, smart or dumb they are. Putting pot smokers in jail shows how cool, smart or dumb the lawmakers are.

    • B Sheppard

      What are you on about? Most people smoke weed because it makes them feel good. Pot smokers get put in jail because it’s illegal. If English is your second language then you get a pass.

  • Bill

    Notice that some people have no side effects, some go crazy and some die.
    The reason is that K2 is not a standard product and God only knows what any given batch might contain. If you work min an ER you will see death from this crap. Russian Roulette is about as safe.

  • Frank Dude

    Lol it’s not even August lol

  • fritz24

    It’d be nice to have something a little less partisan; this is just such a biased account, who knows. Also note the advertising against it up top.

    • When you say, ‘partisan’ and “such a biased account’, what is the ‘other side of the story’ you’d like to see covered?

      Re ‘who knows’: Everything on this page is factual; most statements have references. Check them out yourself. And, feel free to offer facts that contradict the ones on this page – we don’t censor facts here.

      Finally, there is no ‘advertisement against it’ on this website. The call center helps people find a treatment center that accepts synthetic marijuana patients.

      • fritz24

        The ad up top calls Spice “the world’s worst drug.” If this site is an advocacy group against synthetic marijuana, then it can’t provide neutral information. I guess I wandered over here thinking I’d get an objective perspective, but this doesn’t strike me as that. E.g., what are the benefits of synthetic marijuana? Is it cheaper than real marijuana? Why do people like it? There’s no “for” here, it’s all “against”.

        • By all means, please share any counter-balancing facts (with references) that show Spice/K2 has more positive traits than we’ve listed here. We’ve honestly had a hard time finding any!

          Besides, the concept that every drug has as many pros as cons is just flawed. If you wrote about using cyanide as a way to get high, would it be a 50/50 story of pros and cons?

          In the real world, it’s just a fact that some recreational drugs are not very dangerous (natural marijuana, for example) and others are stay-the-hell-away dangerous, like fentanyl (synthetic heroin), Spice/K2 (synthetic cannabinoid) and bath salts (synthetic cathinone).

          In the article above, we actually do list the positive side effects of synthetic marijuana. It is cheaper than natural weed, it often cannot be detected on a drug test and it can deliver a much stronger high. In some countries it’s still legal. These are the reasons most people use it.

          That said, the dangers & risks of using synthetic cannabinoids really do outweigh their benefits. In the real world.

          As proof, consider this fact: we accept and publish stories submitted by people describing their experiences with Spice/K2.

          I can honestly say we’ve never received a positive report about spice/k2… out of 1,000s of stories submitted in over 3 years! We’ve had a couple of people complaining about not seeing more positive stories (like you) … but that’s about it.

          Until we see real facts, research – or hell, even incense labels – that tell us this drug is now “safe for human consumption”, we are not going to apologize for telling it like it is.

          Got any to share?

          • fritz24

            I appreciate you taking the time to engage, but this is a little like talking to a theist about whether God exists. Fentnyl, btw, is not stay-the-hell away from dangerous, but has legitimate uses (e.g., cancer treatment, delivering mothers). I mean people getting high is arguably a legitimate use, too: being high has some positive valence (i.e., counts for something, people like it), but the question is just whether the benefits can carry the costs. Of course addiction, toxicity, and all that are negatives, and count the other way.

          • No, this is not a religious or theoretical argument. We’re talking about people’s lives and health. Facts are the only thing that matter, not opinion.

            Besides, I’m not arguing – I’m explaining. I’m telling you that we’ve researched this subject for 4 years, and we’ve received a LOT of stories from people impacted by it, and we’ve been unable to identify many positive things to say.

            If you have something to offer of substance, with references, that illustrates the positive aspects of synthetic cannabinoids, then we will gladly post it and add it to this writeup – if the facts check out.

            Do you?

          • Pc

            I appreciate your

  • Joe Rosenfield

    Absolutely on point mate, well said. I hope he was alright.

  • jc w

    their are NO Cannabinoids in spice, you’re retarded !! nor do the chemicals they use even resemble THC or Cannabinoids!! they spray toxic chemicals on whatever plants material they can find and idiots smoke the unknown chemicals. you might as well be huffin gas or duster, not much difference. lmao

    • You could not be more wrong.

    • I don’t know where you got this BS from, but you’re wrong.

      While a few packets may contain other chemicals, in the vast majority of cases the active ingredient in spice/K2 is a synthetic cannabinoid.

      • jc w

        when they contain Identified compounds , HU-210, CP 47,497 and homologues, JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-398, JWH-250 and oleamide. and all chemists of some crackhead in their garage sprays those chemicals on plant material. all of them are worthless crap, poisons. Chemists just keep changing the chemicals to get by with selling it. once they flag a chemical as illegal they just switch to some other compounds. who ever invented it should be made to drink some of them chemicals! Oh ya it was all the main chemical companies in the world trying to make fake THC pills so they can market fake pot to sell legally to stupid people. Its not weed nor anything like it. most effects last 5-10 mins tops yet can kill a person or make them brain dead. Ive seen a few of both, people i know. I blame the fed gov and dea since they’ve lied for 40+ years about the real effects of cannabis. Now that everyone knows its healing properties all these big pharma chemical companies are dying to make a profit from their new potions n poisons. and just because they consider it a “cannabinoid” synth drug doesnt mean its anywhere near the affects of real weed chemicals, which cannot be duplicated in a lab. its been tried for the last 40+ years and its cant be man made.

        Here’s a little list of those chemicals they use or have used in spice. none are fit for human consumption.

        HU-210 is a synthetic cannabinoid that was first synthesized in 1988 from (1R,5S)-myrtenol[1] by a group led by Professor Raphael Mechoulam at the Hebrew University.[2][3][4] HU-210 is 100 to 800 times more potent than natural THC from cannabis and has an extended duration of action.[5] HU-210 is the (–)-1,1-dimethylheptyl analog of 11-hydroxy- Δ8- tetrahydrocannabinol; in some references it is called 1,1-dimethylheptyl- 11-hydroxytetrahydrocannabinol. The abbreviation “HU” stands for Hebrew University.

        Cannabicyclohexanol is a cannabinoid receptor agonist drug, developed by Pfizer in 1979. On 19 January 2009, the University of Freiburg in Germany announced that an analog of CP 47,497 was the main active ingredient in the herbal incense product Spice, specifically the 1,1-dimethyloctyl homologue of CP 47,497

        JWH-018 (1-pentyl-3-(1-naphthoyl)indole) or AM-678[1] is an analgesic chemical from the naphthoylindole family that acts as a full agonist at both the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors, with some selectivity for CB2. It produces effects in animals similar to those of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a cannabinoid naturally present in cannabis, leading to its use in synthetic cannabis products such as “legal cannabis herbal incense blends” which in some countries are sold legally as “incense”, labeled “not for human consumption”.

        JWH-073, a synthetic cannabinoid, is an analgesic chemical from the naphthoylindole family that acts as a partial agonist at both the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. It is somewhat selective for the CB1 subtype, with affinity at this subtype approximately 5x the affinity at CB2.[2] The abbreviation JWH stands for John W. Huffman, one of the inventors of the compound.

        On 20 April 2009, JWH-073 was claimed by researchers at the University of Freiburg to have been found in a “fertiliser” product called “Forest Humus”, along with another synthetic cannabinoid (C8)-CP 47,497.[3] These claims were confirmed in July 2009 when tests of Spice product, seized after the legal ban on JWH-018 had gone into effect in Germany, were shown to contain the unregulated compound JWH-073 instead.

        JWH-398 is an analgesic chemical from the naphthoylindole family, which acts as a cannabinoid agonist at both the CB1 and CB2 receptors. It has mild selectivity for CB1 with a Ki of 2.3nM and 2.8nM at CB2.[2] It was identified by the EMCDDA as an ingredient in three separate “herbal incense” products purchased from online shops between February to June 2009.[3] It was discovered by, and named after, Dr. John W. Huffman

        JWH-250 or (1-pentyl-3-(2-methoxyphenylacetyl)indole) is an analgesic chemical from the phenylacetylindole family that acts as a cannabinoid agonist at both the CB1 and CB2 receptors, with a Ki of 11nM at CB1 and 33nM at CB2. Unlike many of the older JWH series compounds, this compound does not have a naphthalene ring, instead occupying this position with a 2′-methoxy-phenylacetyl group, making JWH-250 a representative member of a new class of cannabinoid ligands.[2] Other 2′-substituted analogues such as the methyl, chloro and bromo compounds are also active and somewhat more potent.

        and my favorite, used in plastics and other nonhuman consumption products lmao

        Oleamide is an amide of the fatty acid oleic acid. It is an endogenous substance: it occurs naturally in the body of animals. It accumulates in the cerebrospinal fluid during sleep deprivation and induces sleep in animals.[4] It is being studied as a potential medical treatment for mood and sleep disorders, and cannabinoid-regulated depression.
        The mechanism of action of oleamide’s sleep inducing effects is an area of current research. It is likely that oleamide interacts with multiple neurotransmitter systems.[7] Oleamide is structurally related to the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide, and has the ability to bind to the CB1 receptor as a full agonist.[citation needed]

        Synthetically produced oleamide has a variety of industrial uses including as a slip agent, a lubricant, and a corrosion inhibitor.[8]

        Oleamide was originally characterized as an endogenous bioactive substance, isolated from the cerebrospinal fluid of sleep deprived cats. It was characterised in 1995 by Benjamin Cravatt III and Richard Lerner at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.[9]

        Oleamide was found by researchers to be leaking out of polypropylene plastics used in laboratory experiments, affecting experimental results.[10] Since polypropylene is used in a wide number of food containers such as those for yogurt, the problem is being studied.[11]

        A chemical analysis of 44 products containing synthetic cannabinoid drugs marketed as “herbal incense” revealed oleamide in 7 of the products tested.

        So good luck smoking this crap! =))

        • Jeremy Kossen

          What exactly are you saying? You contradict yourself, initially claiming, “their (sic) are NO Cannabinoids in spice, you’re retarded !! nor do the chemicals they use even resemble THC or Cannabinoids!!” Then you go onto to cite (from Wikipedia) a number of the synthetic cannabinoid agonists and antagonists that are often found in Spice/K2. Notably, these cannabinoids are distinct from cannabinoids found in the plant, however, mechanistically many of them act similarly to phytocannabinoids (like delta-9-THC) — by activating the same receptors (CB1 & CB2). However, they’re oftentimes far more potent (and cooked up in some sketchy Russian or Chinese lab). HU-210, for example, which was first synthesized by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam at Hebrew University (the same scientist who first synthesized THC) is 100 to 800 times stronger than THC. Bottom line: I think most people agree, the effects and dangers of SPICE/K2 (in its common form) hardly resemble cannabis, and the drug is clearly bad news. The only reason why I can imagine anyone using these is because (unlike cannabis), it does not show up in most drug tests.

          • jc w

            funny just read about several people DYING from spice over dose. yip its safe.
            And NO it does not contain any Cannabinoids. but by all means, keep smoking it! lmfao

          • Rick Hapstley

            WTF are you saying ? You contradicted yourself multiple times in this thread, I don’t believe you’re actually documented on the subject.
            It DOES contain synthetic cannabinoids, it’s written in your second message, which you copied-pasted from wikipedia …

    • OHDisqusNSA666100

      As there is no label on the package advertising “synthetic cannabinoids”. Therefore, it could be just spraypaint, window cleaner, or god knows what else.

    • Cody Riley

      Yea they are cannabanoids

  • David Kerlick

    Time to treat this, as with all drugs, as a public health issue, not a criminal justice one, which leads to the usual over-incarceration of poor and people of color.

    • Zaphod

      We should also consider embezzlement as a mental health issue, not a criminal one, which leads to over-inceration of the rich and white people.

      OR maybe, just maybe, people of any color shouldn’t break the laws. It is crazy to assert, “Since a certain group break this law more often that that group, we need to get rid of the law.” If the people don’t believe in the laws they should change them, not get rid of them because certain individuals choose to break a certain law more than others do.

  • Lynn Collins

    Spice is extremely dangerous. It is sold ” legally”. Stay aware from it. It killed my son

    • Animus

      Good, now people like me who want to die peacefully can get this baby! Thanks Lynn!

      • MDavis

        Doesn’t sound all that peaceful, unless violent vomiting is your idea of pleasant.

      • Squanderer

        Animus, you’re a fucking idiot.

    • OHDisqusNSA666100

      Prohibition: not harmless

  • claudia chavez estrada

    Stated in the article: “Today, synthetic marijuana is widely believed to be more dangerous than the real thing.”
    Synthetic MJ is dangerous and you shouldn’t compare it to natural MJ which not dangerous nor produces any of the dangerous side effects listed for the K2.

    • OHDisqusNSA666100

      The entire point of all this, is so the passive aggressive prohibitionists could say with their notorious false sincerity and false sense of concern: “more dangerous than…”,

  • B Sheppard

    You seem to be talking about the effects of spice, not the effects of withdrawing from it. It also seems that you are typing in comment sections while watching your brother have seizures.

  • OHDisqusNSA666100

    People would never use this bullsh– if they could get real marijuana without the threat of legal harassment, arrest, jail, fines, and a permanent criminal record.

    • Trooper Bias

      OHDNSA, Soo the answer is to legalize drugs’.? Respectfully pot is not a benign substance. How many dead children have you pulled out of accidents on the roads due to this poison? not to mention full families. Marijuana adds another reason for mayhem. Why would any responsible person demand a right to get wasted? What if a family member had a severe injury and one is too irresponsibly mess up to save them. Also this stuff dangerously raises blood pressure and speeds up the heart thus can cause heart attacks & problems. Marijuana has triple the carcinogens of cigarettes and reeks havoc on neurotransmitters causing permanent damage in cases .Tell us again how good of an idea this stuff is to legalize and use.

      • Rusty Shackelford

        Because, clearly what we’re doing now is working……… right?

      • SSampson

        Those are old arguments – most don’t make a lot of sense when tobacco and alcohol are legal …. carcinogens are higher is inaccurate – certain carcinogens are 3x higher, but there are many carcinogens added to tobacco that don’t even exist in pot… But even if we are to use that number, people who smoke tobacco tend to smoke more than 3x the number of cigarettes ….
        In reality, the usage costs of pot on society pale to that of alcohol – all of your ‘family member dying’ arguments are worthless unless you ban other substances as well….
        Also … is you look at the imperial evidence gathered in counties such as Portugal, you’d know that decriminalization has help significantly – medical costs, reduced crime rates (specifically those related to trafficking – obviously user rates went to zero so you can’t count those – howevér it did reduce justice system costs and incarcerations costs)
        Remember, legalization – like the abolition of prohibition – reduces the associated crime – but that said, when the industry is regulated, you still need to go after the serious illegal traffickers – that goes without saying … of course with legal sources most of that would dry up …

      • maxamillion power

        what about alcohol I notice you scream and shout about Maryjane I use all the time it does not control the pain I’m in but it does stop me from caring about it, I would rather see alcohol banned that screws your liver, brain, stomach, and with driving kills many more people this includes children , Maryjane does none of these things.

      • Brian Delle

        Think alcohol is what your thinking of by the way wish that was illegal hey but if you can find me where you got your information from a credible sorcerer that can be verified I’ll kiss you assume literally not saying people should use but I think alcohol what you mean I’m sure there’s some deaths like that but there’s a lot when people haven’t had anything at all in their system if you can prove I would truly like to know not being smart assume really would like to know I’m not perfect nor do I know everything and am always open to listen and learn

      • colloidal clayton

        Whos advocating that you should smoke weed and drive ? Also alcohol is legal, does that mean we all down a bottle of vodka and get wasted ?

        • Trooper Bias

          ‘Alcohol of course kills on the road BUT You don’t compound mistakes by adding pot into the equation. If it’s legal to buy then guarantee you they will light it up driving home Also children will think jf pot is legal it can’t be bad and they will start young.. How can anyone defend the right to get wasted.?. Victims are pulled out of accidents every day and night due to drugs and alcohol.

  • OHDisqusNSA666100

    How do you know it was a bad batch?

  • Just say NO

    How about QUIT DOING DRUGS. Can anyone name ONE PERSON that drug addiction and abuse made for a wonderful and healthy life?

  • Katey Perkins

    I’m currently working on a documentary on Spice addiction, and I would love to hear your story if you’re in the Mid-South area (Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas). Whether you are currently addicted to Spice, in recovery, or the close friend/loved one of a Spice addict, all stories are welcome.

    Contact me at “spicethedocumentary@gmail.com”

    I look forward to hearing from you!

  • Amber Blevins Janiak

    72hrs is the standard for a psych hold (depending on the state); anything past that is either an admission to the facility or a discharge from it. An admission requires finding something clinically psychologically wrong with him (after making sure there’s nothing medically wrong with him that’s causing these issues): suicidal ideations, (active) manic episodes, a threat to himself and/or others, etc… this girl does report that he was suicidal and had a gun. However, if her brother was in psych for 72hrs, and they’re not holding him, then either 1.) there’s a medical reason that needed to be treated first before admitting him to psych, or 2.) he said all the right things so that he wouldn’t be admitted. And that happens a lot.

  • Cody Riley

    Ive smoked it many times… just makes feel like i smoked some weed

    • Brian Delle

      It in no way gives a high anything like weed wish people would stop associating it with weed and giving weed a bad name that suit is horrible and smells horrendous

      • Cody Riley

        I’ve smoked weed 1000000x and I smoked this stuff. They felt the same to me personally, everyone is different tho

      • Dan

        So i been an addict to almost all downers. Spice is nothing like weed. If anything weed wont even cut it if i decide to get high again. Always reminded me of heroin. It comes fast and strong theres nothing wrong. Which is great the first year or two. Until like ive seen some people say, they stop their daily grooming and live in filth and vomit because you eventually just dont care. I decided to stop when my son had to get my father to ask what was wrong with his daddy because hes very young and i was unconscious and on the floor puking and going through seizures. Woke up in the ER that night. And i lived like that for the last almost 4 years. All because i wanted to keep getting high when i had to stop smoking pot. Just dont do drugs at all or move to where pots legal and dont experiment further if thats what you want. Seriously though outside of oldtimer potheads, whos ever heard anyone proudly bragging about the last 20 years of drug use ….

  • Jacqueline Gore

    I know a gal who will do anything for spice…..she has had her kids taken away from her and still continues to smoke incessantly 24/7 till she falls down….she sells her food stamps for it…gets people to drive her over 30 miles to get it…..she vomits up blood….her kids live this with her….she is totally unapproachable about getting help…just stays messed up 24/7 and has done this for years….she will die from this addiction….I have never seen anyone like this smoking marijuana…God awful drug.

    • roddy

      “she has had her kids taken away from her” … “her kids live this with her”

      Something about your tale just does not ring true.

      • Jack

        Do you here where it says “had” … for dude do you know how to read

  • Jonny Phage

    Surely, the obvious answer is to legalise marijuana (As some states in America have done). That way, people won’t need to resort to synthetics, and the government can earn themselves some tax revenue…

  • Daniella Jones Giannetti

    I have tested positive for this drug and DO NOT smoke. Does anyone know what would cause this?! Since the tests are fairly new I can’t find any research. I believe it’s from ibuprofen but don’t know for sure and it’s about to ruin my life (this false positive result) anyone that has any ideas pls share!!!

    • droogpunk

      Ibuprofen?
      If i were you, i’d run as far away from pharmaceutical products and the pharmacological industry as possible!

  • Barry H

    Smoke the real natural plant if you want to smoke and make sure the dealers and growers know what they are talking about..simple enough!!You CANNOT beat natural!!

  • ray

    .. i smoked spice for years and never had a problem stopping. I never went crazy,
    stopped in 2012 and never had a second thought. Now bath salts it will do that ….
    fear mongers is what you guys are …

    • Happy to hear you aren’t having problems. You’re lucky.

      But lots of others aren’t so lucky.

      Read the 1,000+ submitted stories we’ve published to-date on this site (https://spiceaddictionsupport.org/submitted-stories/), or the long discussion threads on many of these pages… for a taste of what synthetic cannabinoids can do to you and your loved ones.

  • TextMessage

    Well all this from lunch money thieving scumbag loosers, probably private spoilt school boy bullies finding that nutmeg can give one disoriented effects when smoked in high doses. So sad. And even more sad that so many heroine addicts have joined this comment to reflect on how it is more powerful than opium. Is it really addictive though? And how is it going to make a man not bathe or get out of bed, that is self pity and the emotional blackmail of society. But still it could be nutmeg sprayed with opiates, or some cat medicine though.