Synthetic Marijuana Addiction, Abuse and Treatment
Called Spice or K2, synthetic marijuana mimics the psychoactive effects of marijuana with more potent and dangerous results.
Understanding Synthetic Marijuana (Spice, K2, Mojo)
Synthetic marijuana, also called Spice or K2, is a chemically modified herbal substance that produces mind-altering effects similar to or more potent than marijuana. The chemicals in synthetic marijuana are manufactured to be similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Spice is most commonly smoked, though it may be prepared in drinks or edibles.
Spice and K2 are the most common names for the synthetic drug. Other names include:
- Black Mamba
- Cloud 9
- Yucatan Fire
- Moon Rocks
- Fake Weed
Synthetic Marijuana Abuse and Effects
Many teenagers and young adults are drawn to synthetic marijuana because they inaccurately believe it is safer than marijuana—or that they won’t get in trouble for using it because it can be purchased legally. Synthetic marijuana doesn’t show up on most drug tests, making the drug an attractive choice for those worried about getting caught.
The effects of synthetic marijuana are similar to those of marijuana. These include altered perception of reality and feeling relaxed and in a good mood. Minor side effects of synthetic marijuana are similar to those of real marijuana.
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Signs of a Synthetic Marijuana Addiction
Continued abuse of synthetic marijuana can lead to a psychological and chemical dependence on it. Synthetic marijuana’s mind-altering properties are similar to those of marijuana; although marijuana is commonly touted as being non-addictive, the clinical definition of addiction proves otherwise. There are 11 signs of addiction outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Someone struggling with a synthetic marijuana addiction may want to stop using it but continue anyway, or use it even in dangerous circumstances.
Treatment for Synthetic Marijuana Addiction
Overcoming an addiction to synthetic marijuana can be accomplished through targeted behavioral therapies, counseling and other proven treatments. If you or someone you care about is struggling with synthetic marijuana abuse or addiction, get in touch with our certified addiction counselors today to learn about help.