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Synthetic Cannabinoids

Synthetic cannabinoids are a group of synthetic drugs that attempt to imitate the chemicals and effects of the marijuana plant. This drug can be sprayed on dry plant materials that can then be shredded and smoked in an herbal incense. More commonly, synthetic cannabinoids take a liquid form that can be smoked via e-cig or vape.

In a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2011 saw over 28,000 emergency room visits involving synthetic cannabinoids. About 7,500 of those visits involved teens and pre-teens aged 12 to 17. Over 8,200 involved patients age 18 to 20.

Symptoms and Side Effects of Spice Use

Synthetic cannabinoids offer many of the same effects as their natural counterparts, namely physical relaxation, an elevation in mood, and detaching from reality. Other side effects that synthetic cannabinoid users might experience include:

  • Hallucinations
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased heart rate
  • Paranoia
  • Insomnia

Complications of Spice Abuse

As a “new psychoactive substance,” synthetic cannabinoids tend to be unregulated, offering much more potent effects than natural marijuana and thus increasing the likelihood of addiction. Addiction is highly damaging to your health and your social life. It can unhinge you, causing you to act recklessly and lash out the people you love.

Addiction is often associated with a wide range of diseases as well, including:

  • Kidney damage or failure
  • Psychotic Episodes
  • Seizures

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Dangers of Spice Abuse

Synthetic cannabinoids include a variety of unknown components, many of which are more potent and harmful than the THC found in natural marijuana. This makes it hard to predict their exact effects and should clue you in to how dangerous they can be.

Some potential dangers with synthetic cannabinoids include:

  • Kidney damage
  • Vomiting
  • Violent behavior
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Seizures
  • Less blood sent to the heart

Symptoms of Spice Addiction

While some believe addiction to comes down to morals and willpower, it is actually more tied to chemical dependency. It’s not a personal choice. Synthetic cannabinoids bind to the same receptors as THC, causing a rush of dopamine, a hormone that controls, among other things, pleasure and reward. Your body adapts by producing less dopamine or making dopamine receptors less effective. The result: you end up having to smoke more synthetic cannabinoid to feel normal.

Some common symptoms of addiction to synthetic cannabinoids include:

  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Growing tolerance to the drug
  • Spending an excessive amount of time and energy obtaining and using the drug
  • Using synthetic cannabinoids to relieve stress

Withdrawals

  • Irritability
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Aggression
  • Fluctuating appetite
  • Cravings
  • Anxiety and depression

Rehab for Spice Addiction

Medication combined with therapy offers a great foundation for detox treatment. Medication can be used to correct chemical imbalances and curb cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Synthetic cannabinoids are relatively new, so there aren’t specific medications yet prescribed to treat them. Your doctor may prescribe anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication. This can be combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Spice Detox Process

The main goal in detox is to flush the toxins out of your body by discontinuing or tapering off drug use. This is combined with medication and counseling.

Inpatient care is the most recommended form of detox treatment. In inpatient care, you admit yourself to a spice detox center for the entirety of the detox process. Inpatient care presents a supportive, positive environment for you to get clean without distractions or negative influences. Best of all, inpatient care gives you immediate access to a professional medical team who can create a personalized treatment plan, provide counseling for emotional support, and administer medication.

Addiction Ends Here

Detox is an important first step in your recovery, and it often leads directly into longer rehab programs. Where detox clears your system of harmful chemicals, spice rehab prepares your mind and arms your spirit with the tools to stay clean and happy in the long term. If you have questions or want to get help at a trusted spice addiction rehab today, please call HARP at (877) 806-5022 and receive help from the premier spice drug rehab in South Florida.

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