What Does Spice Look Like?October 1, 2022
What Does Spice Look Like
What Does Spice Look Like? Spice looks fairly harmless in its foil packages branded with superheroes, cartoon characters, smiley faces and other colorful images. The drug is cheap and easy to get from convenience stores and head shops, but Spice is far from safe. Also known as K2, the dried plant material is a form of synthetic marijuana that is far more powerful than marijuana. The effects of Spice can include severe vomiting, psychotic fits, heart attacks and strokes. Spice often resembles potpourri or herbal tobacco, and most people smoke it. Unlike real weed, synthetic marijuana is not sticky and does not contain buds. It’s typically finely cut and greenish-brown in color.
Synthetic marijuana is also sold in vials in a liquid form that can be vaped. The vials are sometimes erroneously labeled as CBD oil, a benign ingredient found in marijuana, when they actually contain dangerous synthetic cannabinoids.
How Is Spice Different from Marijuana?
Synthetic marijuana is a concoction of manmade chemicals designed to mimic tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. The chemicals are sprayed onto dried plant material — such as tea leaves, dried herbs and grass clippings — that is sold in attractive packets. It’s impossible to know exactly what chemicals are actually in any given packet of Spice. That’s because the drugs are developed in clandestine labs in China and other countries and smuggled into the United States. Synthetic marijuana falls under a category of drugs called novel psychoactive substances (NPS).
The packaging that Spice, K2 and other types of fake weed come in is intentionally misleading. Packets are often labeled as herbal incense, even though they contain illicit drugs. It’s also common on packaging to say “not for human consumption” and “not meant to burned, smoked or incinerated.” In reality, that’s exactly what people do with the drug.
- Spice is not natural
- Spice is not legal
- Spice is not safe
- Spice is addictive
- Spice is not marijuana
Packages of fake weed often claim that the product is legal — it isn’t — and contain warning labels stating that the product should be kept out of the reach of children. But with their bright colors and youth-targeted designs, synthetic marijuana packages are clearly intended to catch the eye of adolescents and preadolescents.
Street Names for Spice
There are more than 100 chemical variants of synthetic marijuana, and the drug goes by hundreds of names. Spice and K2, two of the first and best-known brands of fake weed, are now common monikers for the drug. Other brands of synthetic pot include Scooby Snax, Mr. Happy, AK-47, Kush, Kronic, Joker, Black Mamba, Bling Blank Monkey, Bombay Blue, Climax, Cloud 9, Genie, Matrix, OMG, Phantom, Releaf and Zohai.
Recognizing Spice Use and Addiction
If someone is using Spice, you may notice a distinctive and unpleasant odor. Synthetic marijuana doesn’t smell like cigarettes or weed. It has a stale, pungent and sometimes fishy scent that tends to cling to clothing. Behavior is the biggest tip-off that a person is using spice. People who use synthetic marijuana may become extremely anxious, paranoid and violent. The drug can also trigger severe vomiting, suicidal thoughts and actions and episodes of acute psychosis.