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K2/Spice ("Synthetic Marijuana")

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Brief Description

"Spice" refers to a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as "safe," legal alternatives to that drug. Sold under many names, including K2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks, and others — and labeled "not for human consumption" — these products contain dried, shredded plant material and chemical additives that are responsible for their psychoactive (mind-altering) effects. Learn more

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of K2/Spice (Synthetic Marijuana) for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2014 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
K2/Spice (Synthetic Marijuana) Past Year 3.30 [5.40] [5.80]

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Spice ("Synthetic Marijuana") (DrugFacts)

Published January 2011. Revised December 2012. Provides information about spice, a family of herbal mixtures that produce effects similar to that of marijuana, including how it is used, potential health effects, and public health concerns. En Español

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