Five Reasons Spice is a Dangerous “Last Resort” Drug

Spice is one of the newer drug is in town and its wreaking havoc among the homeless, military personnel, students, prisoners and those on probation or parole.

This designer drug mimics marijuana, but can be 100 times more potent, experts warn, with an addiction level stronger than heroin. Though effects of smoking this drug are reported as mild at first (euphoria, relaxation), users frequently become aggressive, violent and threatening within minutes.

Sadly, the onset of withdrawal symptoms occurs startlingly fast and can result in extreme panic attacks and projectile vomiting. Prolonged use can also lead to heart and kidney failure, as well as diminished brain function.

Why are People Drawn to Spice?

But despite these negative consequences, Spice is more popular than ever – often coined the drug of “last resort.”

So what makes Spice an alternative drug of abuse to so many? Here’s a look at five factors that have helped this dangerous synthetic drug earn the “last resort” label:

  • It’s ConvenientThough Spice is illegal, its usage is wide-spread, making it accessible to various segments of society. According to reports, it can be found in local smoke shops and even on the Internet.
  • It’s UndetectableThe molecular structure of the mind-altering chemicals that producers spray onto dried plant material is constantly being changed. This modification makes it more difficult to detect in drug screens, making it ideal for those who are court-ordered to take regular drug tests.
  • It’s CheapExperts warn it can cost as little as $2 to score a “hit” of Spice. When users blow all their savings on “expensive” drugs like OxyContin or even heroin, the notion of getting high for a couple dollars can quickly morph into a welcome change.
  • It Produces ResultsUsers report that the highs off Spice last much longer than most other drugs. But this effect comes with a price. The danger is that this drug has yet to be tested by the USDA or the FDA, so as a result, the purchaser really doesn’t know what he or she is buying. And because the molecular structure of the drug is constantly being altered, its psychoactive effects become more unpredictable.
  • It’s Falsely AdvertisedSome spice products are sold as “incense,” and its labels often claim that they contain “natural” psycho-active material taken from a variety of plants. Spice products do contain dried plant material, but chemical analyses show that their active ingredients are synthetic cannabinoid compounds, which can produce dangerous side effects.

Additional Reading: Mirror Mirror: Landmark Study Paints a Portrait of Synthetic Drug Users
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