“K2” and “spice” are just two of the hundreds of names for synthetic cannabinoids, what the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) terms “new psychoactive substances.” They’re laboratory chemicals that attempt to mimic the effects of marijuana. Often developed in clandestine or overseas laboratories, these designer drugs are either sprayed on dried plant materials or sold in e-liquid forms to be used in vaporizers or e-cigarettes.
Whatever names they’re sold under, Sovereign Health understands just how damaging K2 abuse is for both users and those who care about them. We’re a leading provider of K2 addiction treatment as well as the co-occurring mental conditions that often drive people to abuse drugs. Our evidence-based, holistic treatment methods help patients achieve a sober, successful future.
Synthetic cannabinoids got their start as research chemicals for scientists studying how brain receptors worked. Underground chemists learned the formulas for these chemicals from published research papers and began using them as a recipe.
K2 is often sold through legal loopholes: The chemical composition of these drugs change so rapidly it’s difficult for law enforcement or other regulatory agencies to criminalize them. Commonly found at convenience stores and smoke shops, K2 is also often packaged with wording like “potpourri” or “not for human consumption” as legal fig leaves.
The chemical makeup of spice and K2 changes so often it makes the effects of K2 abuse unpredictable. Some K2 chemicals do act like marijuana, but they bond much more strongly with brain cells, creating dramatically stronger effects. Some chemical batches may create effects vastly different from marijuana. Worse, sometimes the wrong batch of K2 puts its users in the hospital – or the ground. Every hit is a gamble.