"Spice" (also known as synthetic cannabinoids) is a term for products containing man-made herbal blends that produce powerful marijuana-like effects.
Like marijuana, "spice" is a hallucinogen that is typically smoked or swallowed. "Spice," however, does not contain any real marijuana. Instead, it is a mix of herbs sprayed with man-made compounds that mimic the effects of marijuana. Because of this similarity, it is illegal to produce, buy, or sell products, such as "spice," that contain these compounds.
Different mixes of "spice" exist and the exact ingredients of these blends vary and are not indicated on the product wrapping.
While the packaging constantly changes, "spice" is usually sold in small, sealed foil packets or in transparent pouches. It is often labelled "not for human consumption."
Health Canada does not recommend the use of "spice" because of the potential for serious or fatal adverse reactions and also because little is known about the long-term effects on the brain and/or body.
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The lack of information on "spice" and the large number of different blends make it difficult to predict its effects. There is also a risk of adverse effects caused by other chemicals that may be added to "spice."
The way a person feels after consuming "spice" may depend on many factors:
Short-term effects are usually felt within minutes to an hour after consuming "spice" and can last for several hours. They can include:
"Spice" may also trigger or aggravate underlying psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia in people with a predisposition or history of such disorders.
Long-term effects can result from long-term, regular use of "spice" and may persist long after drug use has stopped.
Some of these effects can also occur even after using the drug only once.
Long-term effects may include:
The effects of "spice" on a developing fetus are unknown. However, they may be like those seen with marijuana and include subtle physical and psychological problems. These effects, however, could be even more pronounced because of the increased potency of "spice" compared to marijuana.
It is not known whether "spice" is addictive. Still, those who use the drug frequently may develop tolerance and experience withdrawal symptoms similar to those observed with marijuana.
Withdrawal symptoms may include: