A guide to understanding what K2 is and the long term effects of K2: What Is K2?
According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse, synthetic cannabinoids also known as “K2” or “spice”, refers to man-made, mind altering chemicals that are sprayed onto materials similar to the marijuana plant in order for the drug to be smoked. The drug is also sold in the form of a liquid as a means to be vaporized and inhaled through electronic devices such as e-cigarettes. The long term effects of K2 are still being investigated, however, research has found that the drug does cause negative side effects. Despite the drug being marketed as a safer alternative to real marijuana, the effects of synthetic cannabinoids, can be far more dangerous than those of real marijuana. Individuals who use this drug can become addicted to it just as strongly as they can become addicted to marijuana.
Researchers are still working to determine what does K2 do to your brain. Some of the effects of K2 on the brain are known, however, there is still more research required to find the other ways in which K2 impacts the brain.
K2 or Spice Drug Side Effects
Researchers are still conducting research to help determine the K2 or spice drug side effects. The side effects of K2/spice have been found to be similar to those of real marijuana, furthermore, some side effects can be far more dangerous. Research has found the following to be common K2 or spice drug side effects:
- Heavy Sweating
- Extreme Tiredness
- Dry mouth
- Red eyes
- Uncontrollable body movements
- Increased anxiety
- Psychotic episodes
How to Tell If Your Loved One Is Abusing K2
If you are concerned that your loved one may be abusing K2 there are certain signs and symptoms that you can observe for. Common signs and symptoms of K2 abuse include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of control over K2 use
- Experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when K2 use has been reduced or stopped
- Continuing to use K2 to avoid experiencing symptoms of withdrawal
- Using K2 as a stress reliever or as a means to self medicate
- Preoccupation with K2
- Lying, cheating and/or stealing as a means to obtain and/or use K2
- Experiencing legal troubles in relation to K2 use
- Experiencing negative health consequences in relation to K2 use
- Neglecting responsibilities and commitments in relation to K2 use
- Continued use of K2 in spite of knowing the adverse consequences associated with its use
- Withdrawing from friends and family and isolating oneself in relation to K2 use
If your loved one has shown multiple signs and symptoms, we strongly encourage you to seek help for them as soon as possible. Leaving a K2 use problem untreated can lead to developing a dependence on the drug or worse. Taking the initiative to fight against K2 abuse as soon as it appears, will yield positive results. There are effective treatment approaches for treating K2 abuse and addiction.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the White Sands Tampa at (877) 640-7820. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.