The K2 drug, also known as ‘spice,’ is a man-made mind-altering synthetic cannabinoid. It is made up of chemicals and dry shredded plant material, but can also be a liquid. Users smoke K2 through e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. For years, K2 has been readily available in novelty stores, gas stations, drug paraphernalia shops, and many other easily accessible places. This has led to a rise in K2 abuse, rendering it one of the fastest-growing drug trends in recent history. What is especially alarming is that young teens seem to be the most impacted demographic. In response to this, authorities have made K2 illegal to sell, purchase, or even possess. At Lumiere Addiction Centers, we have witnessed the rise of K2 drug use among both our patients and our friends. As such, we feel that the following information should be readily available to all parents and loved ones.
Is The K2 Drug Safe?
This is the perhaps the most common question about the K2 drug. No, it is not safe. Like almost all synthetic cannabinoid products, K2 is labeled as ‘not for human consumption.’ Still, many people mistakenly think that K2 is safe to use since it has been falsely hyped as a ‘natural’ substance similar to marijuana. The overall combination of easy access, positive hype, and ‘natural’ ingredients have contributed to increased usage among teens and young adults nationwide.
Side Effects of the K2 Drug
Most K2 drug users report positive effects similar to those of marijuana, like relaxation and euphoria. In reality, though, K2 has much more potent effects on the brain than purely plant-based drugs. These effects include:
- Mood swings
- Rapid heart rate
- Nausea or vomiting
- Violent thoughts or behavior
- An altered state of consciousness
K2 Overdoses in Connecticut
Although many people liken K2 to marijuana, the effects of K2 are unpredictable and— in some cases— life-threatening. Between 2011 and 2017, U.S. Poison Control Centers received more than 31,000 emergency phone calls related to synthetic cannabinoid K2 drug effects. More recently, in August 2018, the state of Connecticut suffered an outbreak of K2 overdoses due to the circulation of tainted batches. In response to this, Governor Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement:
“Today’s emergency is deeply troubling and illustrative of the very real and serious threat that illicit street drugs pose to health of individuals. The substance behind these overdoses [the K2 drug] is highly dangerous and must be avoided. The state Department of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services have been assisting New Haven officials throughout the day. I have spoken with Mayor Harp and assured her that the state remains committed and ready to assist their response efforts wherever needed.”
K2 Drug Addiction
If you are questioning whether or not you have a K2 drug addiction, then you should speak with a professional. Be open and honest about your use and about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. Here are a few questions that may indicate if you need K2 drug rehab:
- Have you built up a tolerance?
- Have you become physically dependent?
- Are your loved ones concerned about your K2 use?
- Do others in your social circle have problems with K2 drugs?
- Are you interested in getting help to quit the drug and get sober?
Rehab For Spice/K2 Drug Addiction
If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider Spice/K2 drug rehab. There are many inpatient and outpatient programs available that private insurance plans will cover thanks to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. In Spice/K2 drug rehab, trained addiction counselors will work with you to reclaim a happy and sober life. Please contact Lumiere Addiction Centers today at 513-301-1505 for any additional information about our programs and services.