K2 can be smoked like non-synthetic marijuana or baked into food such as brownies. K2 and Spice are commonly sold as incense or potpourri. Synthetic cannabis, also known as K2 or Spice, is very similar to regular marijuana; besides the way it is made. The most common compounds found in K2 or Spice include HU-210, CP 47,497 and oleamide. These are all compounds made in a laboratory that copy the compounds in marijuana. These compounds can be quickly changed when one is considered illegal and not allowed to be sold anymore, making the disruption of sales difficult for law enforcement. Synthetic marijuana compounds do not show up on a drug test, since they change so often. However, some of the synthesized compounds in fake marijuana bind much more strongly to THC receptors than regular marijuana, which can lead to a more powerful, unpredictable or dangerous effect. Some synthesized compounds have been noted to be 100 times more potent than the average THC found in marijuana Often, the effects can be stronger than those of natural marijuana due to the synthesized chemicals. Some users report psychotic effects like extreme anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations.
SIGNS OF ABUSE
The signs someone is using synthetic marijuana are very similar to the signs of marijuana use, however synthetic drugs do not show up on drug test. If your loved one is buying more incense than they were before, they may be using K2 or Spice. If your loved one is regularly drug tested, they may be using K2 or Spice instead of marijuana. The signs of use are:
K2 Detox and Withdrawal
Each individual faces different withdrawal symptoms, depending on a number of factors, including how long they were using heroin, how they were ingesting the drug, how often they were taking it and other individual factors. K2 withdrawal can be uncomfortable for users, mentally and physically. The signs someone may be experiencing withdrawal from K2 or Spice are:
- loss of appetite