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. Read the DrugFacts
- See our Emerging Trends Notice on Increasing Overdoses From Synthetic Cannabinoids (“Spice,” "K2,” etc.) in Several States
- 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, 2014, 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.
Statistics and Trends
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|Drug||Time Period||8th Graders||10th Graders||12th Graders|
|K2/Spice (Synthetic Marijuana)||Past Year||[2.00]||2.70||3.70|
- Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice) Unpredictable Danger - This infographic shows that synthetic cannabinoids, like K2 or Spice, are not natural drugs and can lead to dangerous health effects.
- Drug Testing Misses Synthetic Cannabinoids: Expert - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (April 2016)
- The Changing Face of Recreational Drug Use - Cerebrum (January 2016)
- 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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NIDA. (2016, April 7). Synthetic Cannabinoids (K2/Spice). Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/synthetic-cannabinoids-k2spice
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