Drug Trend: Synthetic Marijuana

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice or K2, is popular among young people.

FACT: Of the illegal drugs most used by high school seniors, Spice was second to marijuana.

A national survey shows that  5.8 percent of 12th graders used synthetic marijuana in the past year, compared to 11.3% in 2012. (University of Michigan, 2014 Monitoring The Future Survey)chart of illicit drug use by high school seniors during the past year.

What is Spice or K2? It is a mixture of plant material that is sprayed with a synthetic compound, similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Street Names: K2, Bliss, Fake Weed, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks, Genie, and others.

Why is Spice illegal? It is illegal to sell, buy, or possess Spice. DEA banned 18 active chemicals in Spice because they have a high potential to be abused and have no medical benefit.

What are the effects of Spice? Psychological effects include paranoia, anxiety, panic attacks, hallucinations and giddiness. Physical effects include increase in heart rate and blood pressure, convulsions, organ damage or death. Regular users may experience withdrawal and addiction problems.

DID YOU KNOW? Teens wrongly believe that Spice is a “natural” product and, therefore, harmless. Drug tests do not easily detect the chemicals found in Spice.

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