The crazy and harmful effects of a spice addiction

London rocked by Spice invasion

Spice is known as one of the most infamous so-called ‘legal highs’ in the UK. It is a common sight on the streets of major cities and its devastating effects have been well documented in the media.

But just how dangerous is Spice? What are the effects of this synthetic drug on your health and wellbeing, and how can you overcome an addiction to the substance?

Spice and the law

Since 2016, the Psychoactive Substances Act has made the production and supply of Spice illegal, with a sentence of up to 7 years in prison as a punishment. Possessing Spice, however, is not a criminal offence, yet.

While possessing Spice might not be illegal in itself, the effects of the drug can lead to engagement in criminal activity while the user is high.

What is Spice?

Spice is just one name for a common Synthetic Cannabinoid that aims to mimic the effects of cannabis, though it is often significantly stronger and more dangerous, depending on the strain.

The medical effects of the drug can be severe, and the unwanted side effects can include:

  • Difficulty moving or temporary paralysis
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart palpitations
  • Seizures
  • Episodes of extreme anxiety

How addictive is it?

Spice is considered one of the most highly addictive substances that are currently legal to possess in the UK.

Within a few weeks of use, an individual could be highly addicted to Spice, unable to easily break the pattern of substance abuse and becoming disconnected from friends, family, work and even reality.

As with all highly addictive substances, the withdrawal symptoms associated with Spice are similar to many illicit drugs, despite not being illegal to possess.

Can the addiction be treated?

The good news is that, like many other damaging substances and legal highs, addiction to Spice is treatable with professional intervention.

In the first instance, ring your GP to discuss your situation and options. Then, you may want to consider group support with organisations like Narcotics Anonymous or residential rehabilitation in a facility with medical professionals.