Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices. These products are also known as herbal or liquid incense. Learn about the health effects of synthetic cannabinoids and read the DrugFacts.
K2, Spice, Joker, Black Mamba, Kush, and Kronic
- Monitoring the Future Survey Statistics on Synthetic Cannabinoids
- Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice) Unpredictable Danger - See an infographic showing that synthetic cannabinoids, like K2 or Spice, are not natural drugs and can lead to dangerous health effects.
- NIDA for Teens Drug Facts on Spice - Offers resources for teens and teen influencers. Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. Features videos, games, blog posts, and more!
- Drug Testing Misses Synthetic Cannabinoids: Expert (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, April 2016)
- The Changing Face of Recreational Drug Use (Cerebrum, January 2016)
- MEDLINEplus Health Information on Drug Abuse (National Library of Medicine, NIH)
- Healthfinder.gov (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Clinical trials are research studies in human volunteers conducted to answer specific health questions. Learn about the NIH-sponsored clinical trials available to you.