"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
- See our Emerging Trends page for info on "Mojo" and "Cloud 9" synthetic cannabinoids.
- A synthetic cannabinoid product named Smacked! has been linked to at least 41 overdoses in New Hampshire since August 11, leading the governor of that state to declare a State of Emergency. For more information, see http://governor.nh.gov/media/news/2014/pr-2014-08-14-emergency.htm.
- New York City issued a public warning in late July after an increase in emergency room visits related to synthetic cannabinoids. For more information, see http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr2014/pr023-14.shtml.
Statistics and Trends
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|Drug||Time Period||8th Graders||10th Graders||12th Graders|
|K2/Spice (Synthetic Marijuana)||Past Year||3.30||[5.40]||[5.80]|
- I-Science: NIDA's Look into what we still need to know about Synthetic Cannabinoids (September 2013)
- Sara Bellum Blog: Spice: “If You Use It, You’re Experimenting on Yourself” (April 2012)
- Sara Bellum Blog: “Spice” – Not as Fun as it Sounds (February 2011)
- MEDLINEplus Health Information on Drug Abuse - National Library of Medicine, NIH
- www.abovetheinfluence.com - Office of National Drug Control Policy
- healthfinder.gov - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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National Institute on Drug Abuse. K2/Spice ("Synthetic Marijuana") Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/k2spice-synthetic-marijuana