Spice/K2 drugs--more than innocent substitutes for marijuana
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Smokeable herbal mixtures containing synthetic agonists of cannabinoid receptors, known under brand names such as Spice, K2 and Kronic, represent a relatively new type of designer psychoactive drugs that has recently emerged on the recreational drug market. Although the Spice packages are labelled 'not for human consumption' or 'for aromatherapy only' and declared to be purely herbal, these herbal mixtures produce cannabis-like effects after smoking. This review surveys the current state of knowledge regarding the pharmacological properties of synthetic cannabimimetics and the prevalence and pattern of their use. Special emphasis is given to the negative consequences of using these products, including, among others, hallucinations, psychoses with delusions, seizures, cardiovascular symptoms and acute kidney injury.

Author(s): 
Zawilska, Jolanta B.
Wojcieszak, Jakub
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
The international journal of neuropsychopharmacology / official scientific journal of the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum (CINP)
Journal Abbreviation: 
Int. J. Neuropsychopharmacol.
Publication Date: 
3/14/2015
Publication Year: 
2014
Pages: 
509-525
Volume: 
17
Issue: 
3
ISSN: 
1469-5111
DOI: 
10.1017/S1461145713001247
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 24169044

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Jolanta B. Zawilska and Jakub Wojcieszak. 3/14/2015. "Spice/K2 drugs--more than innocent substitutes for marijuana." The international journal of neuropsychopharmacology / official scientific journal of the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum (CINP) 17: 3: 509-525. 10.1017/S1461145713001247.

Wikipedia Citation

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