Synthetic Marijuana Addiction, Abuse and Treatment
Getting To Understand Synthetic Marijuana; K2 Mojo Or Spice
Synthetic Marijuana (also called K2 or Spice) copies Marijuana's psychoactive effects, but the results are stronger and more hazardous.
With a more psychotropic outcome compared to Marijuana, synthetic Marijuana popularly called Spice or K2 is a mixture of natural substances refined using chemical means. The ingredients in synthetic Marijuana are designed to imitate THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol which is the psychoactive component in Marijuana.
Most people smoke Spice although there are others who consume it in foods or drinks.
This drug is peddled online, in head shops and at gas stations while being touted as being a safe and legally accepted Marijuana alternative yet there is a lot of evidence that shows that it is far from safe.
Strangely, it is tagged as a non-consumable good and promoted as an incense. Thus, synthetic Marijuana is authorized for sale due to this advertising chink.
Synthetic Marijuana's name, packaging and ingredients are unpredictable and vary depending on who the seller is. This makes the drug a moving target for the police and health officials who want to reduce the drug's unfavourable effects.
The most common names for the drug are K2 and Spice. Beside the above names synthetic Marijuana has the following street names:
Look for help immediately, if you know someone or have a loved one who is abusing this substance.
Since synthetic Marijuana is not meant to be ingested or smoked, anyone taking it in these ways is abusing it. Since the misconception is there are no legal issues or health risk associated with the use of synthetic Marijuana, a lot of young people are enticed to use the drug. Further, most drug tests cannot detect synthetic Marijuana in the system and this makes it very attractive to individuals who are concerned about being caught.
Synthetic Marijuana is taken as the substitute of Marijuana because it gives similar effects. Marijuana creates a changed sense of reality and feeling at ease and provides a blissful state of mind. Synthetic Marijuana is manufactured from ingredients that are used to formulate fertilizers to cancer treatments. Hence, the real ingredients in synthetic Marijuana differ from batch to batch. These ingredients have not been declared safe for human consumption. Thus, there will be some reactions that have not been detected before on the users.
The effects of synthetic Marijuana are quite the same with the real Marijuana. There are side effects that are not severe, but synthetic Marijuana risk gets escalated quickly. It will cause major side effects and may even cause death.
Some of synthetic Marijuana's side effects are:
Elevated blood pressure
Vomiting and nausea
Bouts of seizures
Elevated heart rate
Physical Manifestations Of A Dependence On Synthetic Marijuana
Chemical as well as psychological addiction to synthetic Marijuana can be caused by persistent abuse of the substance. Synthetic Marijuana gives pleasure by doing mind-altering which is similar with Marijuana effects. Marijuana once was declared as a non-addictive drug, but the clinical research has proven the otherwise. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders indicates 11 indications of addiction. An individual having a problem with addiction to synthetic Marijuana may wish to quit but cannot do so and even go on to use under circumstances that are hazardous. Understand more about the criteria for abuse.
The Legality Of K2 Spice
DEA has made some regulations regarding the production and distribution of synthetic Marijuana. Despite of the rules that have been made, DEA is still struggling to control the ingredients that are used to produce the drug. The compounds such as HU-210, JWH-018, M-694 and JWH-073 are developed at a rate much higher than that which government officials can revoke their legal status. By slightly changing the chemical structure, synthetic Marijuana dealers have been able to continue distributing this harmful drug.
Curing Synthetic Marijuana Dependency
A user can become addicted to synthetic Marijuana, just like it is with any potent substance. Users who have used synthetic Marijuana repeatedly can experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit and research has indicated that even users who have had a dreadful encounter while using the substance will continue to seek more of it. Cravings, nausea, feeling anxious and diarrhoea are some of the withdrawal effects suffered when the use of synthetic Marijuana is stopped suddenly.
There are helps available for those who want to be clean from synthetic Marijuana addiction; they are behavioural therapies, counselling's, and other treatments. Contact one of our accredited addiction counsellors today to find out more about help, if you or a loved one is battling with synthetic Marijuana addiction or abuse.