Spice/K2 (SCA)

Drug of Abuse: Synthetic Marijuana or K2 Spice


What are K2 and Spice? It is classed as a Cannabinoid which is a chemical compound found in marijuana plants. K2 and Spice are names used to describe a group of drugs known as a synthetic (man-made) cannabinoid. They’re made from dried plant materials that have been sprayed with the synthesized chemical.

Spice or synthetic marijuana is a psychoactive herbal and chemical product that when consumed or smoked, mimics the effects of cannabis. It is best known by the brand names K2 and Spice, both of which have largely become general trademarks used to refer to any synthetic marijuana product.

It is often marketed as “herbal incense”; however, some brands market their products as “herbal smoking blends”. In either case, the products are usually smoked by users. Although synthetic cannabis does not produce positive results in drug tests for cannabis, it is possible to detect their metabolites in human urine with the drug test kits above.

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Metabolites of K2 and Spice are JWH-018 Pentanoic Acid, JWH-081-N-4-Hydroxypentyl, JWH-081-N-5-Hydroxypentyl, AM-2201-N-4-Hydroxypentyl, RCS-4-N-5-Carboxypentyl, JWH-073 Butanoic Acid, JWH-073-N-4-Hydroxybutyl, JWH-250-N-5-Hydroxyindole, and JWH-200-N-6-Hydroxyindole.

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