What is Spice?
Spice is a synthetic cannabinoid, "fake" pot, and is sold as incense. Often sold at pipe shops or adult shops as a herb incense or natural herb potpourri. Spice is far from natural. Spice is a chemically altered compound that is not regulated and is very strong. Spice Incense does contain varies dried plants but the chemically made spray on, cannabinoid remains constant. How it works is it is sprayed over the herbs in Spice creating the high when smoked.
Spice is usually inhaled (smoked) and is not legal as a medical treatment. Spice is often combined with marijuana creating a still further hallucinogenic effect. Teens will describe Spice as legal and easier to buy; however it is not meant to be used as a intoxicant, despite the sale at shops that say it is ok. Misuse of the incense does rise to the level of drug use. Spice is often more potent than marijuana (Spice is NOT THC-note: there is NO THC in Spice) because it is entirely chemical and has a more harmful effect on the brain, lungs and body. Spice packages are clearly labeled not for human consumption but it is easily bought by teenagers and misused.
Spice can create:
Increased Blood Pressure
If your loved one has any of these symptoms watch for:
Smell of burning herbs or incense
Foil or pipes
Frequenting pipe or "head shops".
Finding foil spice packages.
See a Addictions Counselor if you think your loved one is using Spice.