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Is Spice Detox Dangerous?

Is Spice Detox Dangerous?

Spice is the name for a synthetic designer drug that is intended to mimic THC, the main active ingredient of marijuana. This is typically a mix of herbs and manmade chemicals with mind-altering effects. These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they are similar to chemicals found in a marijuana plant. Spice is not safe and may impact the brain. Find out more about why it is labeled ‘not fit for human consumption.’

How Spice is Made

Synthetic cannabinoids are part of a group of drugs called ‘new psychoactive substances.’ they are unregulated mind-altering substances that have become newly available on the market and are intended to produce the same effects as illegal drugs. Some substances may have been around for years that have reentered the market in altered form. Once synthesized, synthetic cannabinoids are dissolved in ethanol or acetone and sprayed on plant material, then sold in packets as incense, herbal blends, or potpourri.

What Happens to the Brain

There are few studies on the effects of synthetic cannabinoids on the human brain. Because the chemical composition of many synthetic cannabinoid products is unknown and may change with each batch, these products may contain substances that cause varying effects on people who use it. The mental health consequences may be severe enough to cause extreme depression.


A person’s body adjusts to Spice over time. In fact, it can become physically dependent on it. Detox is similar to symptoms experienced during cannabis withdrawal, including lack of appetite and sleep disruptions. People who have used synthetic cannabinoids for long periods of time and stop may experience withdrawal, including:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Severe anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Trouble sleeping
The severity of symptoms of withdrawal depend on the person, but if the drug is stopped, it may lead to:
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting


The amount of time it takes to detox from Spice varies with each person. The time between synthetic cannabinoid use, onset of symptoms, and time to recover depends on several factors. Symptoms may not begin for 1-3 days after last use when smoking real marijuana while synthetic marijuana withdrawal symptoms may begin just 15 minutes following last use. Dangers can be challenging to work around as they can be unpredictable but it is safer to detox in the presence of medical professionals in a facility who can monitor withdrawal and support recovery than do it alone.

Don’t struggle alone with addiction. Our team of professionals are ready to support your recovery from Spice or other drugs and alcohol. Come experience detox and recovery in a safe, welcoming space with others ready to support your journey. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401