K2-Synthetic-Marijuana 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.


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:

• Bloodshot eyes
• Increased use of eye drops
• dizziness when standing
• Drowsiness
• Slowed reaction
• poor coordination
• Mood swings
• Anxiety or panic attacks
• Impaired judgement
• Memory and learning problems
• Paranoia
• Psychosis/hallucinations- Rare

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:

  • headaches
  • chills
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • loss of appetite
  • restlessness


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Addicted to K2, Now What?

The best way to treat K2 or Spice addiction is by seeking help. Entering treatment allows medical professionals and clinical therapists to determine the severity of the addiction, find and treat any underlying co-occurring disorders and helps those addicted to K2 learn new coping skills, create recovery communities and finally end their addiction to K2. Amatus Recovery Facilities located around the country can help make this process easier. Every facility evaluates patients and learns about their history with addiction. This helps us create a treatment plan specifically for you. Once a treatment plan is created a team of dedicated professionals will determine the severity of the addiction and if medical detox is needed. Detox can include uncomfortable symptoms, but 24-hour medical professionals will help to ensure safety and comfort. After the withdrawal symptoms subside is when an individual can continue the path of recovery during inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient or outpatient programs.