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“Spice” refers to a wide variety of herbal mixtures that produce experiences similar to marijuana (cannabis) and that are marketed as “safe,” legal alternatives to that drug. Sold under many names, including K2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Skunk, Moon Rocks, and others – and labeled “not for human consumption” – these products contain dried, shredded plant material and chemical additives that are responsible for their psychoactive (mind-altering) effects.

NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse


Drug Facts (National Institute on Drug Abuse-2012) – Spanish version

“Synthetic legal intoxicating drugs: The emerging ‘incense’ and ‘bath salt’ phenomenon”
Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, April 2012, Vol. 79, 4, pages 258-264 (Jason Jerry, Gregory Collins, and David Streem)

“Synthetic cannabis is stronger than it used to be”
Dirk Hanson, Addiction Inbox, July 26, 2014

Spice: Class Notes (Above the Influence) – Website
Fact sheet for teenagers

Synthetic Marijuana Infographic – “Synthetic Marijuana Lands Thousands of Young People in the ER, Especially Young Males” (NIH-2012)

Synthetic Drugs

Fact Sheet (Office of National Drug Control Policy)

Synthetic Drugs: Overview and Issues for Congress (Congressional Research Service-2011)

Parents360 – The Partnership at
Synthetic Drugs: Bath Salts, K2/Spice: A guide for parents and other influencers, 2012

NIDA For Teens: Spice, Salvia and Bath Salts
Website for teenagers