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The Dangers of K2


What's So Bad about K2 and other Synthetic Marijuana?

There are many reasons people take synthetic marijuana, which is generally known as K2 or Spice. Because its chemical components differ from marijuana, some people take this drug to avoid detection on drug tests.

But, the same drugs that make it difficult to detect also make it incredibly dangerous. K2 use has been linked to overdoses, seizures, psychosis, and even death1. Because Spice is often sold under different labels, it is often not subjected to the same regulations of other drugs or chemicals, meaning users have no idea what they’re ingesting. No matter what you call it, synthetic marijuana is incredibly dangerous. The safest option is to get sober.

Why is K2 So Dangerous?

Because K2 is sold under different labels, it skirts the rules of legal sale, resulting in unregulated and dangerous use. Though the chemical components within Spice may be legal independently, their combination can become deadly. Because Spice is not regulated, users do not know what’s in the drug they’re taking, and they don’t know how much will lead to an overdose. Additionally, the chemicals in synthetic marijuana are always changing [2], meaning that even if one formula is outlawed, manufacturers produce another that can be even more dangerous.

Though Spice is marketed as a “legal” alternative to marijuana, it is dangerous to any user. The unpredictability of its ingredients, lack of regulation, and lack of dose control result in overdoses that can turn deadly. Symptoms of Spice overdose include2:

  • Vomiting
  • Dangerous Blood Pressure
  • Depressed Breathing
  • Anxiety
  • Chest Pain
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Kidney Failure

K2, in any dose, can lead to an overdose. The best thing to do is get sober with the help of detox centers in Florida. Contact our team at Banyan Detox Stuart for help finding sobriety. We can help you find a healthy tomorrow. Call us today at 888-280-4763 to get started.


  1. CBS News - New Haven overdoses highlight K2 synthetic marijuana dangers
  2. Narconon - What makes Synthetic Marijuana So Dangerous?

Remember, each drug, alcohol, and prescription drug detox in Stuart has specific rules regarding what can be sent in a care package. Call 888-280-4763 to see what can be sent to your loved one at our facility offering medically supervised drug and alcohol treatment in Stuart.

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Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
The Dangers of K2
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