Also known as K2 or Spice, some people see synthetic marijuana as a safe and legal alternative to marijuana. For a long time, Spice was an unregulated substance that was often marketed as a natural herbal incense, which could be smoked in order to mimic the effects of marijuana. However, Spice became a Schedule I controlled substance after it became clear that it was laced with dangerous chemicals. Unfortunately, the effects of fake marijuana can be far worse than real marijuana.
At Serenity House Detox Florida, we offer a range of treatment options, which we tailor to the needs of each client. Our team has extensive experience in helping our clients through the worst of early recovery. If you’re struggling with an addiction to synthetic marijuana or another substance, our team can help. To learn more about our addiction detox services, please contact Serenity House Detox Florida today at 866.294.5306 or use our convenient online form.
What Are the Effects of Synthetic Marijuana?
Synthetic marijuana can refer to many different artificially created cannabinoids that imitate THC, the effective ingredient found in marijuana. The cannabinoids in Spice are far stronger than THC so they can cause:
- Extreme paranoia
Spice can even provoke psychotic episodes in which the user becomes completely separated from reality. The drug continues to affect the brain long after it has left the body. In fact, some people have hallucinations for months.
The physical effects of Spice are even more dangerous than the mental effects. The drug’s various chemicals can cause hospitalization due to rapid heart rates, seizures, vomiting, heart attacks, and involuntary muscle spasms. As the National Institute on Drug Abuse points out, synthetic marijuana is made up of a variety of unknown and dangerous chemicals, including heavy metals, that can create unexpected combinations that harm the body. Unlike marijuana, Spice can have deadly effects. In fact, there have even been a few cases in which people who have only smoked the drug once died.
Is Synthetic Marijuana an Addictive Drug?
It’s possible to become addicted to Spice after just a few weeks of repeatedly using it, and people still report cravings for Spice even after they have been clean for a year. Regular users who stop smoking Spice can suffer from addiction and withdrawal symptoms, including psychotic episodes, suicidal thoughts, and kidney failure.
Therefore, it’s extremely important to seek synthetic drug addiction treatment at a licensed and accredited addiction detox center in Florida. At Serenity House Detox, professional medical detox staff can monitor withdrawal symptoms and respond appropriately if any complications arise.
Get Treatment at Serenity House Detox Florida Today
At Serenity House Detox Florida, we know that escaping synthetic marijuana can be overwhelming, particularly if you feel that you have to do it alone. However, no one has to go through recovery on their own. With our detox services, our clients find the tools that they need to stay sober outside of our detox programs. Furthermore, we can recommend further treatment if you require it.
At our detox program, we provide extensive evidence-based and holistic therapeutic options. These allow our clients to learn how to cope with potential triggers to using substances in the early days of recovery. For instance, our therapeutic options include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Group therapy
- Meditation therapy
- Nutrition therapy
- Family therapy
- Individual therapy
Don’t let your addiction get any worse. Let our team help you through the early days of recovery by getting you safely through the detox process. To learn more about our services, please contact the treatment team at Serenity House Detox Florida today at 866.294.5306.