K2/spice refers to a class of chemicals called synthetic cannabinoids. These chemicals are made in the lab and are similar to chemicals found in cannabis.

Over 100 different synthetic cannabinoids have been identified. When K2/spice is inhaled, it attaches to proteins in the body known as cannabinoid receptors. This causes a "high." But K2/spice binds to these receptors much better than the chemicals naturally found in cannabis. This can lead to serious side effects.

Some people smoke K2/spice to get high. Smoking K2/spice can cause harmful side effects, including death. There is no good scientific evidence to support any use.

Due to serious safety concerns, synthetic cannabinoids are banned in many states. Despite this, new synthetic cannabinoids continue to be developed. Some CBD and cannabis products have been found to be contaminated with synthetic cannabinoids. Don't confuse K2/spice with natural cannabinoids, including CBD, Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabidivarin (CBDV), Cannabigerol (CBG), Cannabinol (CBN), and Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV). Also don't confuse it with cannabis or hemp. These are not the same.

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