How does Spice – synthetic cannabis damage the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)
What is Spice?
Synthetic cannabis, often known by it’s brand or street names such as “Spice”, “K2”, “black mamba”, “Bombay Blue”, “Bliss”, “Zohai”, etc. is a mix of shredded herbs sprayed with man-made chemicals that have been altered to mimic the effect of THC from natural marijuana.
What are the effects of Spice on the brain?
Why? – Because chemicals vary from batch to batch, and from brand to brand of herbal insistence. The always different chemicals cause various reactions. What makes Spice especially dangerous is that every time when the DEA classifies a new compound as illegal, synthetic marijuana manufacturers alter the molecules. That way, the substance can still provide users with the Spice “high” they are seeking, without breaking the law. A huge problem for public health is the fact that when you tweak a molecule, you don’t know how it’s going to affect the brain.
However, the most widely reported Spice brain effects, include:
- altered perception
- delusional thinking
- detachment from reality
- extreme distrust in people
- intense fear
- psychotic episodes
- sensory disturbances
- suicidal and homicidal thoughts and actions
- violent bursts
Another one of the effects Spice has on the brain is the potency to form addiction. Spice addiction changes a person’s behavior, thinking, mood, and mental health. So, when you get “hooked” on Spice you start thinking obsessively about the drug and feel a constant need to use again. When addiction is formed, people are likely to neglect other responsibilities, work, school duties, home life, hobbies, etc. At this point, addiction treatment help should be sought to help you quit Spice safely and start to rebuild your sober life.
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