When it comes to illegal drugs, the growers or producers of the illegal commodity try and stay one step ahead of law enforcement. One of those popular commodities is marijuana. The plant that can be smoked to get a euphoric feeling. There have been countless studies performed on the marijuana plant and a new version of marijuana has come into play called spice. As early as 2008, synthetic drugs that mimic cannabis have come into the picture as a result of an attempt to elude law enforcement. Synthetic marijuana has been developed in laboratories to avoid trying to grow plants. Think of it, it is easier to move a mobile lab than a greenhouse.
What Is Synthetic Marijuana?
The active ingredient in marijuana is called THC (tetrahydrocannibanol). Along the years, scientists have studied different variations of THC and tried to synthesize substances to mimic the effects of pure THC. This information has been published in various scientific journals about the effects and side effects of these synthetic compounds. Along the way, someone decided that these compounds could be combined into what we call spice. The thought was if you can smoke THC, then you can smoke these compounds.
Here is a catch. These synthetic drug compounds were created but never advanced to become drugs for human consumption. Instead these compounds were used to establish a library for future use. As such, the FDA has never given it a classification. Although they are presumed to be illegal, they technically are not.
How Spice Is Made
So we understand that spice is combination of synthetic drugs which have similar properties to cannabis. The concept behind spice is to smoke it but you can’t just smoke compounds directly without being lethal. To enhance the experience, herbal plants were added into the mix. These herbal plants are assumed to create euphoric effects and are known as beach bean, lions ear, indian warrior, honeyweed and dog rose to name a few. Mix synthetics and herbals and you have spice.
Spice is not consistent around the world. Spice is generally made up of between 2 to 5 synthetic compounds with different herbal plants. Based on these differences, spice names differ just like weed names differ. Such common names include Spice Silver, Spice Gold, Spice Diamond, K2 Spice, Spice NYC, Yucatan Fire, Moon Rocks, Earth Impact and Skunk just to name a few. Now remember before how i said that there was a catch, well spice is sold as any other product in a store as long as you put a note on the package that says not for human consumption. Until the authorities test and place rules into banning the synthetic substances, then the sale of spice is legal to a degree.
Have you experienced spice?