Authored by Melanie Stern, Content Director for Scottsdale Recovery Center, Arizona Addiction Recovery Centers and Cohn Media, LLC. Writer and broadcaster covering the following industries: addiction rehab, health care, entertainment, technology and advocate of clear communication, positivity and humanity at its best.
Marijuana Is Natural Medicine but Fake Pot Kills that Perception and More
When the idea of massive dispensaries taking over the hidden marijuana industry first caught buzz in communities around the country, it seemed like just another far-fetched dream from a cannabis lover who was trippin’. But here we are and there it is. Medical marijuana for some and recreational bliss for others. For advocates on either side, the overall cannabis culture has taken a stronger hold of its users’ mentality. Is it because the strains of weed are stronger? Is it real? Trust but verify because there’s a darker side. And when our blinders are on, that’s when people who want to take advantage of us show up. So the next time you or anyone you know thinks about lighting up, reconsider putting on seeing eyeglasses instead of the rose-colored ones that marijuana lovers insist on wearing. Fake pot kills. It’s happening….
Contrary to Popular Belief, Spice Is Not Marijuana
Somewhere, somehow, someone thought it was a good idea to manufacture a product that promises to mimic the effects that marijuana would normally induce and market it that way to consumers. Apparently, from a business standpoint, it was a good idea but at a cost to personal health and safety. Because it hits the same brain receptors as cannabis does, fake pot or Spice initially gives that euphoric feeling and known to induce a quick, cerebral high with a psychedelic edge.
But there are some nasty side effects.
Synthetic Cannabinoid Dangers
Don’t let the pretty packaging fool you. Fake pot can be purchased online or at convenience stores, head shops, gas stations and other unique retailers across the United States. It’s often shared at parties, raves and amongst friends during a random Friday night, with some unexpected consequences.
Fake weed looks like marijuana but prettier. It’s sprayed with certain chemicals that increase the efficacy of the phony marijuana but because there’s no monitoring of the process, the end-product is inconsistent across the board.
Spice Side Effects
What the user can count on with Spice (also known as K2, Bombay Blue, Zohai, Genie and Black Mamba) is a list of reminders in just how bad fake can feel and how much it can wreck your body and your mind.
Here’s what can happen after using synthetic marijuana:
- Heightened paranoia
- Rapid heart rate
- Red eyes
- Excessive thirst, dry mouth
- Excessive sweating
- Decreased appetite
- Emotional detachment
You Wouldn’t Smoke Acetone, Would You?
K2 users might think they’re on a higher level of drug choice than, say, crystal meth but here’s a little- known fact that might change that. One of the many chemicals used in creating Spice is acetone. Yes, that toxic liquid used to thin paint and remove the polish painted on fingertips and toenails. The same product that, when spilled on a wood table by accident, will eat away at the stain. (I would know, I did it and my parents were angry.) Household cleaners are also used in the manufacturing of fake pot. Imagine what it’s doing to your insides when you inhale. I don’t know about you but poison doesn’t sound like a good time to me. And Spice addiction can take hold in just a few weeks’ time.
Too Intense for Words but Blood Will Spill
More than 50 cases of serious injury and two deaths were reported this spring in the Chicago area because of a really, bad batch of fake weed, though I’m not sure what a good batch would be. Incidences of seemingly spontaneous bleeding were witnessed and reported after ingesting K2. Some authorities stated that many of the plants used in manufacturing synthetic weed contain ingredients similar to blood-thinning drugs. Nonetheless, victims of this derivative experienced bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and other areas of the body released in urine and, for women, heavier menstrual flow.
One Month’s Remedy Costs as Much as a New Car
To remove the effects of the toxins and blood-thinning components of this strain of Spice, pharmacists were notified by public health agencies to make sure they were stocked with a Vitamin K1 medication needed for months. Unfortunately, the cost per month can run $18,000 or more.
Getting Off Fake Marijuana Is Rougher Than the Side Effects of Using
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms of withdrawal after using synthetic marijuana, Spice addiction isn’t something to kick on their own. Quitting without the supervision of medical practitioners and addiction experts increases health risks such as escalated mental disorders, sleeplessness and suicidal tendencies.