Long term consequences of Spice addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

Unlike natural marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids can be highly addictive. Explore this infographic to learn how Spice use can alter the normal functioning of the brain and cause addiction.

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Is Spice safe?

Sold at newspaper stands, head shops, online stores and convenience stores, Spice may have a reputation to be a “safe” and “natural” drug. BUT this belief is far from the truth. Spice or synthetic cannabis produces many dangerous adverse effects and has a high addictive potential. Spice is widely abused since it cannot be detected on drug tests and is available on every corner, which adds to the severity of the issue.

How does Spice work in the brain to cause addiction?

Spice binds to the cannabinoid receptors with a much higher potency and creates up to ten times stronger effects compared to natural marijuana. The potency of the drug depends on which synthetic cannabinoids you take, the route of administration and how much/how often you ingest. Here are a few signs and symptoms that indicate you are “hooked” on Spice and may need professional addiction help:

Long term consequences of Spice addiction (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  1. You are obsessed with obtaining and using Spice.
  2. You feel strong cravings for the drug.
  3. You can’t sleep, function or feel normal without Spice.
  4. Your family and friends are noticing changes in mood, behavior, productivity, hygiene, etc.
  5. You continue Spice use despite negative effects on your physical and mental health.
  6. You are failing at keeping up with school, work, and home.

Help for Spice addiction

Quitting can be very difficult as Spice withdrawal symptoms start to occur and can put you in great misery. Most widely reported Spice withdrawal symptoms include:

  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • intense cravings
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • profuse sweating
  • psychotic episodes
  • suicidal thoughts
  • vomiting

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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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