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K2 Side Effects: The Dangers of "Spice" and Synthetic Marijuana

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Is spice a safe alternative to marijuana?

Is spice a safe alternative to marijuana?

What Is Synthetic Marijuana (Spice or K2)?

Synthetic marijuana, also called spice or K2, refers to a mixture of herbs, incense, and other leafy materials that are sprayed with a chemical that mimics the effects of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. Many people believe spice to be a safe and non-toxic substitute for marijuana. However, spice can be more dangerous because its chemicals are three to five times more potent than the THC found in marijuana.

Moreover, a number of medical reports contain stern warnings about the substance. What many people don't know about spice is that the side effects can be very bad, even resulting in death.

Often sold under the brand name K2 or spice, synthetic marijuana was easily purchased from gas stations, convenience stores, smoke shops, or online brokers. As of 2010, a number of states—including Illinois, Ohio, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas—have passed statewide bans on synthetic cannabinoids.

In 2012 President Obama signed the Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act, which prohibited those substances at the federal level.

However, because these laws prohibit specific compounds, manufacturers have responded by altering the composition of their products to evade the prohibitions.

Is It Worth the Risk?

Studies have found that the side effects of spice can be harmful and even deadly in some cases. The Gateway Foundation for Alcohol & Drug Treatment, out of Illinois, says that Spice and K2 have extremely harmful side effects and that teens and adults should avoid them altogether.

Smoking spice may cause a relaxed, mellow sensation or extreme psychological anxiety and physical suffering. The high that these substances produce is very inconsistent for the users because the chemical mixture and potency can vary from package to package. Even users smoking from the same package can have radically different reactions. As such, it is difficult to predict what possible side effects spice will have on an individual user.

Moreover, there hasn’t been sufficient research done on spice to identify its harmful consequences definitively. While scientists know spice is harmful - based on the rise of emergency room visits and calls to poison control centers by people who’ve ingested spice - they can’t yet tell you how it’s bad for you.

John W. Huffman, a chemist at Clemson University and inventor of the first synthetic cannabinoids, declared using these drugs is like “playing Russian roulette.” He said that “their effects in humans have not been studied, and they could very well have toxic effects. They absolutely should not be used as recreational drugs.”

What Are the Side Effects?

Some of the most commonly reported side effects of K2 are:

  • Extreme paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Temporary paralysis of motor skills
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Uncontrollable Sweating
  • High body temperature
  • Manic rage
  • Delusions
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Stroke
  • Death

Some users have reported having suicidal thoughts after using K2 but had not felt suicidal before using the drug. One teenager explained that it felt like his heart was pounding so hard he thought it would explode. Five teenagers from Cleveland reported abdominal, back, and flank pain after smoking synthetic marijuana. They were hospitalized and required dialysis treatments even though they had shown no prior health problems. Thankfully, all involved began to show signs of recovery within three days.

Because the drug is so new, there is no research on the long-term effects of Spice, such as whether it can cause cancer or damage memory. Some reports suggest that the substance may contain heavy metals, which can cause long-term health damage.

Spice: A Bad Trip

If the above list of side effects hasn't convinced you that Spice can be an incredibly unpleasant drug, then I would urge you to check out the video below, where you can see someone experiencing a range of unpleasant side effects.

Warning: The video contains explicit language, and its contents may be disturbing, so watch at your own discretion.

Can You Become Addicted?

There is not a lot of research about how addictive the drug is, but the evidence does suggest that users can exhibit addictive behaviors and experience withdrawal symptoms. Users can become violently aggressive and agitated if they believe they might miss their next fix. Some withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Loss of motivation
  • Psychotic episodes
  • Suicidal thoughts

Treatment Options for Spice Addiction

Support Groups.12-step programs have a long track record of helping people recover from all sorts of addictions. Marijuana Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous would be great places to start.

Talk to your family or friends. If you have a trusted friend and family member you can turn to, they could put you in touch with a counselor or help you make plans for treatment if you're unable to do it yourself. Most importantly, knowing that someone is there for you and loves you can be an enormous benefit. Most addicts feel shame, so the more people we can tell, the less shame we'll feel and the easier it will be to get the help we need.

Talk to your family doctor. Even if your physician isn't familiar with Spice addiction per se, she should be able to help you locate a specialist and can potentially refer you for mental health counseling.

Call an addiction helpline. Counselors in the field are becoming increasingly familiar with Spice and have received training in its effects. Calling a helpline and talking to an addiction specialist can be a safe way to get the help and support you need.

Resources For K2 Addiction

Get Help For Your Spice Addiction

Spice can be extremely addictive, and relapse is common. If you or a loved one is struggling to get clean and stay clean, call the hotline below learn about treatment programs for synthetic marijuana addiction. This hotline is open 24/7.

Call this hotline: (855) 577-1916

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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Elena Rosario, Pediatrician on January 19, 2017:

Thank you for this website and for the goodness you deliver thru your work.

tree cutter on September 29, 2016:

i had a friend who smoked the diablo i was with him he went into a star state after 1 min after just 1 hit he was sitting down he stared and something for like 2 to 3 min then he all a sudden wasnt responding back then he started either having a stroke or or seizure havent figured it out but his head hung down and hand drawed up and he wasnt responding and his mouth was locked it was like he was brain dead he was barely breathing he was drooling and spit almost looked like foam was very scary i smoked it to and 1 hit i got way too high but i kept standing up trying to get out of dream like state but it was very bad and after he did come back too he started puking he did that on and off for a hour then he sit back down he just kept nooding in and out,,after last night i threw it away i was so scared he was going to die i hope no one every tries this bc you can get ahold of stuff it might not bother you but all it takes is one time of a bad batch which i believe was case it was a instanst as soon as you hit it but it was like it fried his brain i was really scared when i hit it earlier i was tripping out it was very bad i couldnt feel my legs my arms or nothing i was so tired from cutting brush all day but i couldnt feel my legs hurting or nothing

Nicole on February 12, 2016:

About 5 years ago I tried it, alone in my home. I had a horrible experience. Ive never done any kind of drugs including pot but I knew it was not a normal reaction to what I was expecting. I thought that I was dying. My heart was beating so fast that there was no spaces in-between beats, almost like a humming, like hummingbirds wings. I saw demons and was spinning down a tunnel. After I finally came back into reality, or started to, I thought that I had killed myself. I was unsure where I was or what I had done but really thought that I had killed myself. It was a really horrible experience. I told my mother, who used to drop acid as a young women, about the experience and she said it sounded almost like an acid trip. The whole back of my head lit up like someone had set off a firework at the base of my neck. I was only able to see in tunnel vision and the whole room became white. At some point I ended up on my knees in the shower praying. I never had anxiety or heart problems, but I do now-ever since that day. I have been diagnosed with heart palpitations and have had several anxiety episodes since then, not to mention a new found fear of being put on any kind of pain med. Anything that takes me out of my head makes me nervous so if I break my ankle or something...Im just in pain because I get freaked out now.

fish on December 06, 2015:

5 yrs ago had to quit smoking marijuana due to hair test for oil and gas industry, i smoked it 4yrs straight and loved it. worked hard everyday sometimes 20 hr shifts. my teeth turned black i was hacking up black mucus every morning. i had to start smoking at work so i could function. I never saw a problem till I sobered up. My helpers would not show up to work and an engineer called me in his office and told me they werent showing up because they feared me, i told him fuckem fire em they suck anyways (I was wrong, they were good guys) well that pissed him off, he started drug testing me weekly -hair, and urine tests. I was clean, they new something was wrong. they started testing me daily and the last time they tested , the paper said synthetic and i knew i was caught. i was fired and had to sober up, lost 50 lbs took me 3 months to finally quit. i went off the grid went crazy blew all my 401k savings etc. I almost killed myself several times. it took about a month to be able to eat normal and start gaining weight. i lost alot of good friends, family, women. sank my jetboat all kinds of dumb shit. i got another job but i was still crazy and sensitive, mood swings butt-hurt for a good 6 months after being 100% sober. and also i was a HARD worker when i was on weed or the spice but i noticed that i no longer had the same motivation. one night a couple months ago i was cleaning and found some and smoked it- bad mistake. i got online and ordered an oz of some shit called bizzaro and fell back in my old ways for about a week i was fine i was in heaven but only smokin at night not at work or in the mornin, then the holidays came up i was carving the turkey decided to go take a hit...... i woke up in the emergency room with my parents standing over me slappin me sayin wake up, you had a seizure then went into a coma i was out for 24hrs same bag i had been smoking all week!!!! i didnt take anymore than normal!!!! the doctors said i may have permanent brain damage due to low heart rate and no oxygen to the brain. i have not been back to work since, i cant sleep cant eat and im shakey, have sweats either to hot to cold just miserable.

David on August 05, 2015:

I've smoked it plenty of times and I'm fine. Idk where u guys are buying it from

One time smoker on July 11, 2015:

Hey guys,

If you are looking for help on the web after smoking some k2, let this be of help. I smoked this stupid thing a year ago and I felt some very frightening and weird things for the next 3 months. Loss of appetite, problems with memory, loss of motor skills, disturbed sleep, paranoia, depression, and a bunch if other weird feelings all within the same day sometimes. If you have any of this, the best advice I could give you is to stay away from weed, alcohol, or even cigarettes for a while . Those can worsen things for you right now. Exercise well, eat well, and sleep well. If you are religious, also pray! Take care of your body the way you have never before for another year and slowly you will see those symptoms fade away as you heal back. Remind yourself that symptoms are mostly temporary and every drug has a "half-life". God be with you, and stay strong.

Heartbroken and alone on July 05, 2015:

My husband and i have had a very rocky love story. 25+ yrs off and on together i have left for yrs at a time and something always draws us back together he is my soulmate till this stupid shit he smokes every 15 minutes. Goes threw two bags a day says its not affectimg him at all its me and my brain is screwed up and i dont remember how things really happened. But others see it to he was my best friend amd someone i could beleive in now he rages if he dont have it and some of it causes what i call manic blackouts he really doesnt remember anything he says or does he cheats lies to or kids and friends about me he has never done this before ever. This shit has killed my husband. I miss him very much now i have this monster that looks like him but isnt him tgis drug company manufatures should pay the families every dime they have for what they have took from so many of us. Money wont bring my husbamd back but at least we can afford to clesn up some of the broken and fix our childern that have had to live threw this nightmare

Anonymous on June 09, 2015:

I have a loved one who has been smoking this stuff for a couple years. It got so bad they were smoking every 30 minutes. They weren't ever in thier right mind and it was awful to watch. Anyways, they stopped doing it and now they have major medical issues going on. The doctor has no idea what's going on so they just keep ordering more tests and bloodwork. They have lost 50 plus pounds in the last 2 months, they're having severe night sweats (even if it's just a nap), they have mouth sores, they are experiencing legs giving out on them, fatigue, and the list goes on, they are miserable. I would like to think it's just withdrawals but it's past the point of that. I'm scared for thier life. No one knows what chemicals are in this crap so I'm afraid that it's given them some type of disease along with a chemical imbalance. If anyone else is experiencing any symptoms like this please let me know.

me on April 29, 2015:

I smoked k2for two years it has fucked me up badlly it has made me shakey like i have parkinsons i can't rember things for morre than an hour and i have become depressed and lost all imtrest in life im quiting now and i can say the withdraws are worse than they say i can't eat i vomit cinstantly and wors of all i can never sleep anymore im awake all the time throwin up its horrable like a heroine addiction the best way to get off it is to never try it just think would u wanna be a heroine addict? This shits no better just ask the girl and truck i useto have it will ruin ur life quicker than u can control

Juan on April 24, 2015:

Hi guys my name is Juan and ill will share my story with yall, and i hope it will help someone at least one person just as one day i was helped by reading one article. My story began at the end of the year 2014, one of my buddies had recently purchased a bag of black lotus k2, at first i was really scared to smoke it but over the years i had become an alcoholic and was also suffering from major depression so after a while of thinking it over i decided to take a hit, worst mistake! I dint panic or anything it felt great cause i only took a hit and started doing it for a while and it helped to quit drinking. So everything went well for a couple of weeks until i became really ill, i started to feel numb and was vomiting every time i wasn't smoking it so i had to smoke this shit every 15 minutes or so just to be able to eat. I was always sleeping also. The suicide thoughts in my mind were so overwhelming i thought the only way to stop this hell was by killing myself but thank God one day i was so sick that i could no longer go out and buy this shit, i was rushed into the emergency room by my mom because of the withdrawels i was so dehydrated and almost having a seazure. I decided to quit thank God but the withdrawels afterwards were a living hell i checked myself in an inpatients rehab center that it's where im right now and my life has changed so much, i have hope now for my future and it just feels so great to be clean its not easy i can tell you but you can do it, do it for your family but specially for yourself there is a better life if you decide to quit now. God bless you all and stay strong. Just say no to drugs

zay on April 22, 2015:

Starkey im so glad you said that because I only took 3 hits of k2 I was halucinating and i thought I died, also felt sort of like Satan and God were fighting to get me,I did this weeks ago and haunt smoked k2 again but the paranoia stays, even when I smoke regular weed I feel like the k2 is still. Messing with my head so I stopped smoking completely until the k2 is fully out of my system

Liste. People NEVER smoke k2 I done do any drugs . Shouldve just stayed a normal stoner and i would've been fine and that's what im doing from now on

Starkey on April 06, 2015:

I did K2 lastnight for the first and last time, I was having panic attacks I couldn't breathe I was with 2 friends and they stayed there with me until police and paramedics got there I felt like god and Satan where fighting each other to get me I was going bring to dark

Trevor on March 30, 2015:

I been smoking this shit for about a year with my friends. Its was all fun and games at first. The high was very powerful. Take one hit and your trashed. I always fell asleep after smoking it. Then my friends would wake my up too smoke again. I never felt addicted too it. I just did it for fun. I felt fine for a while. Just recently I been feeling more symptoms. Memory loss, can't focus, my heart was pounding like I was going to have a heart attack. In my head I do feel different then before I started smoking it. Last time I smoked it was yesterday. I made the mistake of playing Chicago with the k2 with my friends. Worse thing to do. I started tripping hard. I got scared. Me and my friends were in my car and It felt like we were in a car crasher and I was going to die. They said I got out of my car and started walking. My friends when after me and my friend had to drive me back home. I couldn't even find the gas and brake pedal. Do not drive while smoking this!!!! I never when to the hospital or had seizures. But My friend has had two seizures from smoking k2 months ago. My other friend doesn't feel any symptoms. I should have quit smoking it as soon as he had seizures. But I didn't. I continued to smoke it. Yetersday I quit. My other friend said she will stop smoking it too, even tho she doesn't have any symptoms. I have no urge to do this again. I am scared. Please do not smoke this shit. It is bad for your health and will fuck u up and kill u. Only weed for me now. Nothing else. Im going to take my health seriously

J on February 04, 2015:

I tried this stuff before accidentally and it was probably one of my biggest regrets. Some of my friends went to a private school and got drug tested and found out k2 doesn't show up on drug tests. They all seemed completely ok when they smoked it. But myself, I went on vacation with a group of friends and we were all casually drinking and smoking weed having a good time. Some strangers came over to party with us and brought "weed". Considering myself already intoxicated, I didn't think it could possibly be sketchy. So I smoked some of it, it was k2. Actually, the term they used was k3. Within minutes I fell down a staircase, was having a severe panic attack crying hysterically begging my friends to take my to the hospital. I could barely breathe and was hallucinating. My friends told me I was fine and said it would pass. They put me in a bed with a trashbag. I ended up throwing up 2 trash bags worth of vomit. It was the worst scenario ever and the scariest moment of my life. I get panic attacks almost daily now ever since. I've recently read articles on kids dying afrer one hit. This stuff is deadly please stay away from it. You don't know how your body will react.

Shannon on February 03, 2015:

Smoking this I'll NEVER ever want to AGAIN !!! Starting this off a guy laced my weed and I didn't know it I smoked this and I here and there, not everyday smoke I just do it for a chill or fun but I'm also a diabetic and at a friends party I smoked what I thought was weed but no it was this "k2" bullshit it's absolutely terrible for yourself and others I was told that I sat with a blank stare for half an hour on cooler then thrown on a couch brought up a flight or stairs with no memory of any of this and they wound up calling the ambulance because how serious the situation was but what's even scarier is I have absolutely no memory of this I physically in my mind thought I was dead what I saw and went through I wouldn't want my worst enemy to go through I'm so glad to be here and my own brother had to be by my side as he tried to get me back ! And the only thing now that I have to say is stay away I woke up in a fucking hospital attached to a ventilator because they had to bring me back to life never will I smoke drink etc.. It's not worth my life or anyone else's this happened three days ago and I'm still in a bad state of mind my advisory is to stay away a from this drug it's not satisfing whatsoever $6 .. And I'm also 17 not much of a life would have been spent Huh ... Also being a diabetic this drug made my blood sugar dropped astronomically low to were I had no control over the situation.. That's all I have to say !

Joe on January 10, 2015:

This shiit will trip you the puck out it makes you have panic attacks and shit

Jessica on December 30, 2014:

Today I seen someone on that crap and they couldn't walk forward they were walking backwards

Chelsea on December 29, 2014:

I smoked real weed before the spice & the highs are COMPLETELY different . My friends introduced me to the spice & I would smoke it with them for about 3 months over the summer . I've seen my friend have hallucinations & freak out & hear thoughts when nothing was said . I experienced bad trips where I deny my head was about to explode . Almost crashed my car b/c of it. Now I have major anxiety & paranoia & I can't get my old high back frm when I was smoking real weed . My old high helped me a lot with my back pain since I have multiple scolosis & I was able to function on it . now it seems like it makes that pain worst & make me have an anxiety attack . I'm trying to find a way to get my old high back , but If not I'm just gonna quit smoking all together since it's not the same :/ DON'T USE THIS SHIT ! It will fuck u up or kill u . It's poison , real weed is way better for u & a better high than this bullshit "kush" I COMPLETELY regret using it ! I wish I would take it back , so please save Ur self before it's too late . & if anyone knows how to get Ur old high back or calm the side effects down , please help ?!?

sad on December 19, 2014:

my dude had been smoking thisin on/off for a couple years but more recently a lot lately. I'm fed up! We have two kids and i hate them seeing him that way. He's been hospitalized 3x in the past 2 months from seizures. he's ou the house. I told him he needs to go to rehab but he still thinks it's a game despite almost dyinf. I can't do it. I refused to get home and find his body somewhat cuz he

Tristen on December 09, 2014:

I had smoked it after being at a friends house but it wasn't a normal high. It was different and the next morning I wasn't myself. I lost my motor skills and I can't remember anything half the time its like I'm high all the time. I'm not though. Help?

wende on November 30, 2014:

I just want my husband back. The stuff is poison. Meant to harm.

Kris on November 06, 2014:

Smoked a few hits from a bowl ... Felt fine... Smoked a few more the next mornings October 9th it's November 6th and I still have hallucinations from that night help!

wtf on October 28, 2014:

palo241... wtf is pallo iv never heard of that and im from Texas nobody has.. also iv never got addicted to it yea i smoke it but not on a regular basis... ill buy a bag every 3 mmonths or so. during my high i just sit in one spot for about 20min then its over. im still normal still take care of the kids still go to work, clean, whatever ur boyfriend is doing is not k2

charles on October 21, 2014:

I smoked this b.s. rite wen it hit the market as a replacement for med marijuana wen legal problems got in my way I imitately became hooked and smoked for over five years ive been in and out of trouble the whole five and been out for bout a yr now finally got a hold of my life again but now reason for being back on this site because I think im having longterm affects my hands have been numb so ive been kinda really scared don't smoke tht fucking bullcrap pls

brandon on October 15, 2014:

i smoked it a lot and ive never had a problem

polo24ls on October 14, 2014:

My boyfriend is hooked on this stuff. Its the new crack as they say in the streets. Its really sad to see a wonderful man turn into a monster. He can't eat, think straight, or even do simple tasks as throw throw the trash without having a psychotic episode. I tried smoking it for a while but soon quit. Id rather take the risk of smoking regular pot than getting hooked on that crap. There is something in that stuff that is very addicting. Im not sure what it is, but when I used to smoke it, I used to get this urge to want to smoke more, it is so weird. I think it is a terrorist attack because if you really look at the people selling it, they are all foreigners, indians, Pakistanians, etc. Im just stating facts. This crap has truly turned my boyfriend into a phine. He can't sleep, eat, think without it. He is violent, abusive, crazy now. He sweats uncontrollably, vomits, has diarrhea, spits. It is disgusting. He wont shower for days on end. He has lost interest in everything. Even his own son. His home is a disaster he is a zombie. from the time he wakes up to the time he goes to sleep that is all he thinks about. He lives for the next "pallo" high. That's what they call it here in Texas that or kush. Please if you care about yourself or tour loved ones DON'T SMOKE THIS CRAP AND IF YOU DO STOP BEFORE ITS TOO LATE. It ruins lives. And is more expensive than a heroin addiction.

Joanne on October 13, 2014:

Mu friend son 22yrs old shot himself in the head he's dead now and she said before he did it he was smoking k2 she blame it on k2

Travis on September 24, 2014:

I have smoked this k2 spice shit for nearly three years. I don't know how I am still alive, I am currently in day 6 of trying to quit for the upteenthtime. This is the hardest thing I have been through in my life.

some guy on September 17, 2014:

I smoked this twice and I hate it. Im constanly checking websites to see if there are anyway to stop the effects. The last time i smoked it was over a month ago and i still get paranoid sonetimes. Its not constant but every now and then it fucks with my head. If anyone has any solutions please help

Justavoice on September 16, 2014:

Tried it twice.. Both times violently vomited and felt crazy.. Please don't do this drug .. It's awful

felix on August 11, 2014:

@Monroe.. ur son might be doing coke

Jennifer on August 08, 2014:

two years ago my lover was on house arrest and decided to smoke this devilish shit and finally i couldn't afford both so i smoked it for 3 months although it wasn't as strong as now! it was easy for us to stop an go back to kush now he is on paper's and is at it again only we have a 2 month old baby and the shit is stronger he has had many episodes of falling out throwing up his eyes look evil his mood swings are horrible he never remembers the episodes this drug is more like a drug known as wet i don't understand why they compare it to marijuana nothing like marijuana and very addicting i can't leave my baby with him i don't trust him hell i don't even know this dude anymore yet he chooses this over his family and the sad part sober u couldn't have asked for a better man my advice 'llleave it alone aint nothing good about it not to mention it messes your teeth ip like meth

a on July 11, 2014:

My dude and i smoked k2 for about a year and a half non stop. I remember when we first started, it was legal issues with him and i didn't wanna buy weed and k2 so i just smoked the k2 (we both have actually smoked it before without getting addicted, around the time of 2010-2011, k2 wasn't like it is now, it's a lot more potent these days). We both got addicted pretty quickly. It got to the point where we were smoking 5-10 grams a day. When i knew we were both addicted, i noticed things. We would both go to sleep from being so high, then every couple hours wake up and hit the pipe and go back to sleep. We never really did the whole "wake up go back to sleep" thing together, we'd wake up at different times and i'd know he had been up cuz the pipe would be moved. I've had 2 really bad incidents with k2. The first, all i can remember is this weird feeling that i still to this day can't describe, and i was told i was on the floor siezing and speaking with an evil voice. I didn't go to the hospital, everyone said i just suddenly stopped and went to sleep. Woke up, smoked some more. The second incident, all i can remember is screaming and feeling the worst pain in my chest. My dude said he listened to my heart and it had no rhythm, it was just going nuts in my chest. Oh, and i tried to bite his finger off. I guess i fell asleep after that, and what do you know, i woke up and smoked more. It got to the point where we'd fight about it. If we finished a bag and left the other sober, guaranteed there'd be an argument (especially if we had no money to get more). Speaking of money, we bought this drug daily, and when the feds busted all the gas stations we got it from, we had no trouble finding it at a little store ran by this indian guy. The most we've ever paid was $30 for 4 grams. Everyday. Do you know how badly i wish i had all the money i've spent on this drug from hell? It makes me cry. We haven't smoked this shit since january, and im so proud. But i feel like its rewired my brain. I feel crazy, i talk to myself in my own head a lot, i can't focus, i have no motivation, and my mood swings are a fucking killer. My dude seems to be fine. I've never told him how different my brain feels after smoking this shit. Im not sure if he'd understand. I wish this shit never existed and i wish it could be completely eradicated and no one would be sick from it anymore. And i wish it didn't make my head so fucked up. If u read my story, please don't touch this nasty shit. Smoke weed or just go without if you're on papers or in the military. I promise its not worth your sanity and health.

Monroe on July 06, 2014:

Im wondering if my son is smoking this. He has lost weight, says its stress and has pain in his legs and lumps on his nofy he says hecant eat or sleep

trevorbracey on June 20, 2014:

I smoke it but i do want to quit. It Is hard to not want it .i try everyday to give it up.i wish i never try it with others People maybe i wouldn't have to do it everyday i need help.

Ash on June 12, 2014:

I was trying weed out for the first time when my friend invited one of her friends over to come smoke with us. While I was in another room, this "friend" slipped some spice into the pipe and didn't bother telling us. We all took a hit of it and started feeling like our hearts were going to pop out of our chests and became extremely paranoid. We found out this friend put an unknown drug into the pipe WHILE we were still high which made us freak out even more not knowing what they did. It wasn't till after the trip did we find out it was spice. Never again. It was the scariest thing to ever happen to me.

Ron Stevens on May 28, 2014:

I smoked spice while driving 2 months ago. Had a seizure. Almost wreaked my car. A friend that was with me was able to bring us safely to a stop. I spent the last 6 weeks in ICU where I had 5 more seizure's. I went threw kidney failure, I had duel lung drain tubes and dialysis. I swelled up double my normal size. Currently I am 50 lbs. underweight and seeking therapy. Take my advice put a foot up anyone's butt that you care about if you catch them smoking spice. Its not worth it. Take it from me. I almost died.

Emma on April 27, 2014:

My friend did k2 for the first time and did way to much he went crazy he was sweating like crazy and couldn't breath and he had to be taken to emergency room

kkkaaayyyllllaa on March 14, 2014:

i hate the world...

Chastity on March 05, 2014:

I recently found my children with this drug she is a minor the police told me that I could do nothing,My son had to be hospitalizes,while talking to a store owner about his store selling to my minor child and explaining how it affected her the police directed me that the hospital was that way,Im so angry that nothing is being done to stop this.

Bryan on June 15, 2013:

If only she would've smoked normal pot.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on May 18, 2013:

I believe as parents we need to really communicate with our children on a daily basis. We should know where they are, who their friends are and the stressors they have. The world is scary, and as a parent it is our responsibility to provide them the resources and with a foundation of love and trust. Our children learn what they live and behave how they feel. Drugs destroy so many lives. Something should be done to bring attention to this problem.

You have provided a great start. :)

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