How does Spice – synthetic cannabis damage the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

From altered perception, confusion, and paranoia to suicidal and homicidal ideation and actions, Spice is a potent drug that affects your brain and changes your behavior, mood, and personality. Explore this infographic to learn more.

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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?

Always different!

How does Spice – synthetic cannabis damage the brain (INFOGRAPHIC)

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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
  • amnesia
  • confusion
  • delusional thinking
  • depression
  • detachment from reality
  • extreme distrust in people
  • hallucinations
  • intense fear
  • paranoia
  • psychotic episodes
  • sensory disturbances
  • suicidal and homicidal thoughts and actions
  • unconsciousness
  • 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.

Questions about Spice brain effects

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About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. My wife smoked some spice for about 6 months every day and ended up having delusions and thinking I was having an affair and trying to kill her. She ended up in the psych hospital and is now on Olanzapine.
    She is home now and has delusions once a day but seems to be getting better with detox and it’s been 20 days since she smoked it.
    What can we do to help with detox and long term effect

    1. Hi Scott. I suggest that you call our helpline, and discuss with our consultants to talk about possible treatment options.

  2. I bought some weed from this strange man and it been a month since I have this awkward feeling.This was the day that I smoke synthetic weed March 25,2017 since May 5,2017 I’m getting better by day by day,but this feeling kick in more and I have to overpowered my thinking (any advice will help alot).when will this end

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