Negative effects of Spice and synthetic weed (INFOGRAPHIC)

Smoking Spice can be risky and dangerous to your health. Explore more in our detailed infographic, here.

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Synthetic marijuana is only called a “legal and safe high”. But, in reality, it binds to the cannabinoid receptors with a much higher potency and creates up to ten times stronger effects. REMEMBER THIS: Smoking Spice can be risky and dangerous to your health. The severity of side effects depends on which synthetic cannabinoids you take, the route of administration and how much/how often you ingest.

Psychological Spice effects

Although you have heard many positive experiences when using Spice, Statistics from ER admissions and Poison Control Centers give a paint a different picture. Commonly experienced dangerous Spice effects include:

Negative effects of Spice and synthetic weed (INFOGRAPHIC)

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  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • emotional detachment
  • hallucinations
  • intense fear
  • paranoia
  • psychotic episodes
  • suicidal thoughts

Physical Spice effects

One physical effect that Spice does not produce, and which is almost always present with natural marijuana is the increased feeling of hunger. Not only does Spice not give you the “munchies”, but users usually report a lack of hunger. Other physical effects from Spice include:

  • dry mouth
  • increased heartbeat
  • red eyes
  • uncontrollable body movement
  • vomiting

There are some serious adverse effects that occur as a result of Spice use. You should seek immediate medical help if you or someone close to you displays any of the following:

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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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