There are many people who don’t want their teens doing illegal drugs but make the mistake of assuming that synthetic drugs are safe for them to use. That isn’t the case at all though. Synthetic marijuana is commonly known as “Spice”. The word synthetic makes people assume that it isn’t as risky or dangerous as the original drugs. Spice is a drug derived from dried plants that have been treated with chemicals that are designed to create a mind-altering experience when they are ingested. Because of its potential risks, its important to keep your kids safe from spice.

Spice is often smoked in a similar way to marijuana. People often use it in pipes and rolling papers. It is legal to purchase in many states, but it is very dangerous to use. The following guide walks you through a few things you need to know in order to keep your teens safe from Spice.

Just Because You Can Buy It Doesn’t Make It Safe

It’s common for people to assume that if you can buy something in a store it’s safe to consume. They assume that the items are regulated in some way, but that isn’t always the case. Many manufacturers of Spice are not regulated in any way. They can make any claims they choose without having to prove the things they say. This means that you could think that you are purchasing something that you aren’t.

Manufacturing of Spice isn’t regulated by the FDA to be safe. The ingredients the manufacturers claim are in the product aren’t checked which means they can put anything into the products they want without fear of being held accountable. This is dangerous because your teen could end up smoking smoothing that causes health issues or even death.

Spice Could Serve as a Gateway Drug

Even though Spice can be purchased over the counter, it doesn’t mean that it will provide the same effect that marijuana does. This means that your teen could use the drug and expect it to make it feel one way only to be disappointed in the end. Unfortunately, when a teen isn’t able to get the feeling they crave, they will often turn to other, harder drugs to get the desired sensation. This means that allowing your teens to use Spice could lead to them becoming addicted to other illegal substances in the future.

Spice Can Lead to a Criminal Record

Many people who use Spice now have a criminal record for many different reasons. For one, they forget that they have it on them when they go into jurisdictions where it is illegal. When they are caught with the substance, they get criminal charges placed against them and could end up having to face very serious penalties for their forgetfulness.

Spice also has mind-altering effects that can cause hallucinations. Teens may think that they see something that isn’t really there. This can cause them to act irrationally at times and be arrested to protect themselves and other people around them. Spice can also cause people to have poor decision-making skills. They may try to steal, break into a building or simply fight someone when they are high because they aren’t thinking clearly.

If your teen is caught driving while they are on Spice, they could also get charged with a DWI. They cannot safely operate a car because their reaction times will be greatly delayed. This could lead to them getting into an accident or hurting someone else.

Some People Experience Physical Side-Effects from Spice

Spice effects more than just the mind. Many people notice that they have shortness of breath when they use Spice. They have a hard time catching their breath when they get worked up or even just walk up the stairs. Spice can also cause someone to have seizures and even become nauseous or vomit. The drug effects everyone differently so there is no way to know how it will affect your teen when they use it.

Because Spice isn’t regulated, there is always the chance of your teens overdosing on the drug, as well. There is no way to know how much of the drug is too much until it is already consumed. In a crowded environment, people often use more of the drug than they would if they were alone and this is when most overdoses happen. When others who are high sees someone start to exhibit signs of an overdose, they aren’t thinking clearly and often won’t call for help out of fear. This can lead to your teen dying because they don’t get the help that they need.

Spice Can Change Your Teens Personality

People who use Spice often display attitude changes within a short period of time. It has been known to cause severe agitation and aggravation in many users. This means that providing your child with the substance could lead to more fights within the household and cause your child to not be able to regulate their emotions as well.

If you feel that your child may be using Spice without telling you, you need to address the situation right away. It’s important to let them know how serious the drug is and how dangerous it is for them to use it. If they aren’t able to stop using on their own, seek professional help right away. The sooner you can get your teen to stop using, the better the chances are that you will be able to keep them from using harder drugs in the future or potentially overdosing from the drug.

In a treatment center your teen can learn about the dangers of Spice and many other drugs they may have been exposed to. They can learn skills about how to avoid a relapse in the future and how to deal with temptation from their peers. Knowing how to overcome an addiction and avoid a relapse is the best way for them to regain control of their life and have a brighter future.