K2-SPICE Overview Information
K2/spice refers to a class of chemicals called "synthetic cannabinoids." These chemicals are made in the lab and have effects like marijuana. Some people smoke K2/spice to get high. However, smoking K2/spice can cause harmful side effects, including death.
How does it work?
Like marijuana, K2/spice attaches to proteins in the body known as cannabinoid receptors. When K2/spice binds to these receptors, it causes a marijuana-like "high." But K2/spice has stronger binding to these receptors than marijuana does, leading to more serious side effects.
K2-SPICE Side Effects & Safety
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: K2/spice is UNSAFE for use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. K2/spice has many harmful side effects. Some lab research suggests that K2/spice might interfere with fertility and the growth of the fetus in pregnant women.
Heart disease: K2/spice might increase the chance for heart attacks and death in people with heart disease. Avoid use.
Kidney disease: K2/spice might harm the kidneys in people with kidney disease. Avoid use.
Schizophrenia: K2/spice might increase the chance for agitation, hallucinations, and other symptoms of schizophrenia in people with schizophrenia. Avoid use.
Seizure disorder (epilepsy): K2/spice might cause more seizures in people with seizure disorders. Avoid use.
Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
- Medications that can cause an irregular heartbeat (QT interval-prolonging drugs) interacts with K2/SPICE
K2/spice increases the risk of irregular heartbeat. Using K2/spice while taking medications that can cause an irregular heartbeat might cause serious side effects, including heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias).
Some medications that can cause an irregular heartbeat include amiodarone (Cordarone), disopyramide (Norpace), dofetilide (Tikosyn), ibutilide (Corvert), procainamide (Pronestyl), quinidine, sotalol (Betapace), thioridazine (Mellaril), and many others.
- Medications used to prevent seizures interacts with K2/SPICE
Smoking K2/spice while taking medications used to prevent seizures could increase or decrease the effectiveness of these medications.
The appropriate dose of K2/spice depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for K2/spice. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.