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The Dangers of Spice

Updated on September 17, 2013
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Are kids in danger?

There is a growing trend in this country. Whether that trend is a danger or not is still the subject of much debate. There are many who say that this is just a fad, and like most fads , spice or K2, (as it is also known) will fade. Some would say that people who describe spice in negative terms are alarmists. I'll be the first to admit I am one. It's just fair to say that the jury is still out on this one. A good number of young, and the not-so young people are using this drug.

Where its from

In the mid 90's John Huffman, a Clemson university chemist, synthesized a substance he called JWH-018. It was apparently, very much like THC, the active ingredient in pot. JWH-018 makes users mellow and euphoric. Like any other drug people use it to get 'high'. There have been some cases of strange behaviour, and criminal activity associated with it's use. There are a number of states moving to make it illegal.Kansas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee,Mississippi and Iowa. With more states pending.

It seems that buying it across the counter is as easy as buying a soda. Unlike soda, this drug can cause hallucinations, paranoia, and even violent behaviour in some cases.That the FDA even approved something that describes itself as potpourri, is beyond me. Although it is packaged with a warning label that expresses some of it's danger. You'd have to wonder, that with names like: 'kaptain kush',' ice dreams', and 'lovely' if this stuff could be attractive to kids. It is one thing if adults want to indulge. A far different state of affairs though when a drug that doesn't even have a code to determine it's content because it is distinguished as a "synthetic alternative." So with this drug the National Poison Data system can't put it in it's proper priority.

Increases In Use, And ill effects

Consider the case of the teens in Glendale, Arizona who apparently scared of the effects of the drug called for emergency aid. There were 60 known overdoses in the Arizona area in 2010 ......In Idaho an area hospital reported 80 related cases , between February and August of 2010 alone. Consider also that just three days ago a 42 yr old Alabama man was arrested for the illegal distribution of the drug. Alabama being one of the states prompted to make it illegal, most likely inspired by the cases of kidney failure brought on by it's use (at least 30 cases).

Whether or not this growing trend in 'synthetic' drugs is epidemic or not is yet to be seen...but anything this harmful should be addressed. What i'm wondering is where this trend toward ingesting anything available to get high. Why this growing trend?

Just the other day in fact, I encountered a young man in passing who was smoking it right out in the open. When he caught my look of disdain, he jumped defensive immediately. "It's legal" he fumed. I wonder if that is excuse enough to fry your brain or vital organs.I am just learning of this "bath salts" trend. Apparently associated with the gruesome crime in Miami. Obviously there are some very dissatisfied people out there, let's make sure they are not our kids.

Spice is actually illegal in Arizona and other states where it's deemed illegal; many are not aware of this fact because it is still being sold. Apparently they are getting away with this because of the placement of warning labels that state: "not for human consumption." It apparently isn't stopping anyone.

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      Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

      Nasty stuff. A lot of stores here in NC wouldn't sell it and yet others would cover their front windows with advertising for it. Thankfully it was outlawed last June.

      Where are you at that it's legal?

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Well I am in Phoenix, Arizona and I just found out it was illegal here too. Stores are still selling it though because they state on the bottle "not for human consumption."

      Of course we know though, that humans are consuming it. So they are getting away with selling it. Some still smoke it not knowing that it is illegal now.

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      Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

      Oh jeeze...bet they are doing the same thing here then.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Probably so Ginger... all these folks that make such garbage are concerned about is money.

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      Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

      Oh I see what they are doing...selling it as incense. Nice.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes that's exactly what they are doing Ginger.

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      Steve Orion 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      It was widespread in my area in Tampa, Florida not too long ago. Then it was only sold under the counter, with gas stations only selling it or admitting to having it by direct request from the seller. Now, to the best of my knowledge, it is outright illegal and still sold under the counter.

      I've had terrible experiences with the drug, not to mention that artificial chemicals that purposely alter your brain are understudied and obviously detrimental to one's health.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Steve for your comment. Thank you to for sharing a bit of your personal experience. I am in Arizona, and regardless of it's illegality. The use of it is spreading like wildfire here.

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      Steve Orion 4 years ago from Tampa, Florida

      My pleasure, we should all seek to educate the ignorant and warn people through sharing our experiences. Thanks for bringing more attention thought it in your Hub, I've written about my use of Spice in a Hub in hopes of enlightening others to the dangers.

      Between things like Spice, Bath Salts, and other artificial brain-altering substances, it makes you reconsider the true harm of illegalizing marijuana, in my opinion. Keep up the good work!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Steve, and I too appreciate your willingness to make people aware. Even with medical marijuanna, there will always be those vultures out there waiting to just make a buck.

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Very educative hub. Thanks for bringing this issue.

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      Laurinzo Scott 4 years ago

      Thank you urmilashukla23 for your comments.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      As long as man continues to seek pleasure, there will be items like this available. In the 70's, there was an air freshener called "Rush" that came in a tiny bottle. You'd hold it to your nose and inhale hard, receiving an immediate "head rush." There have been many forms of legalized marijuana sold over the years, also. With the laws against marijuana usage still being enforced and used to send kids to jail, what can one expect. The alcohol corporations have done their jobs well for over 50 years in keeping their competition down. We used to have an expression in the 60's, "Man made alcohol and God made marijuana, who do your trust?" I've long given up both, but still believe if it were treated and taxed as alcohol is, there would at least be some type of controls on what the kids got hold of ... and kids will always get hold of something, whether we want to believe that or not. Doesn't make it right, but it is the truth. Good hub!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Laurinzo.. thank you for writing this informative hub.. everyone needs to read it.. I will pass this along.

      Debbie

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you so much for your very insightful and open minded comments. I agree with you RC that there will always be something that captures the attention of youth; but it seems as usual the wolves are targeting just that demographic specifically!!!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Deborah for the reading and the share my good friend...

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is a drug I've never heard of so thanks for the information. I have kids so will be researching it. Voted up!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I am glad you took notice of this then healthylife2...especially having kids; because it seems these mosnters always target the youth...it is obvious from the packaging and the names of the brands of it!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Thank you for raising awareness. I've never heard of Spice.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you lovedoctor926... it is always good to hear from you... and I am especially angered by this drug; because they target the young it seems!

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      Christina M. Castro 4 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      I never have heard of this before, so this hub is very informative to me. I do have concern, and all I can do is pray that these substances stay out of the hands of the young ones that I know. Thanks, Laurinzo.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you.. it is most disturbing the names and the packaging of this; because clearly they target the young people first...

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      Christina M. Castro 4 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      I think twice when I order "spice" cake, eat any thing with "allspice" and even ask for any thing labeled "spicy". I sure it doesn't make it into the state where I live.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      It is not that kind of spice...but the implications and the name our misleading, and the look of it however is as common as say thyme...

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      thank you for raising awareness. never heard of spice.

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      Live To Write 3 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for the comment, though I haven't been on for ages Marlene

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