Spice World

People of the world…don’t spice up your life. Seriously.

Why? Well, the chemical composition of Spice products is constantly changing to avoid regulation. So each package is different and – like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get. Different compounds, different amounts, and different potencies. While this doesn’t completely answer the question, it gives us an idea why people can react so differently.

Here’s a closer look at the Spice World.

The two Americans dubbed the “Spice Girls” were so disoriented after smoking 1g of Banana Cream Nuke that they called 911 and were taken to the hospital [1]. But they had enjoyed using it in the past; what was so different about this blend?

The thing is you’re not going to know until you smoke it. Unless you have access to a mass spectrometer and are fluent in chemistry lingo.

Spice Boys, a recent Vice documentary about the legal high, paints a more disturbing picture. The homeless youth in the UK offer their opinions on the product and share horror stories of its use. One boy describes his pain and frustration related to his Spice dependence and sees no way out.

What do you think about Spice?

Spice Boys – Vice Documentary

[1] Schneir, A. B., Cullen, J., & Ly, B. T. (2011). “Spice” Girls: Synthetic Cannabinoid Intoxication. The Journal of Emergency Medicine, 40(3), 296-299. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jemermed.2010.10.014

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