K2/Spice on the Rise
The popularity of Designer Drugs like K2, Spice, and others have recently been on the rise. Because these products have become increasingly accessible without being completely banned by the government, many naturally wonder if they are as dangerous as many have claimed. If these items were so dangerous, how are they able to be sold in local stores? Are these Synthetic Drugs even real drugs at all? Before understanding what K2/Spice is and the effects of consumption, it’s important to understand what a Synthetic Drug is.
Synthetic Drugs or Synthetic Cannabinoids are made to mimic the THC that is naturally found in Marijuana. In fact, the manufacturing of these compounds does result in a more potent and powerful drug. Still, when these Synthetic Drugs are sold, they are presented under the guise of being all-natural, or even herbal. Why? – likely to make them more widely available to the general public. If something is labeled: “All Natural” or is listed as an “Herbal Product” how bad can it be – especially if it contains real herbal ingredients?
Does K2/Spice Contain Real Spice?
The short answer is yes. These products do in fact have many herbal/spice ingredients like Dried Oregano and Basil. However, the fact that these are natural ingredients does not change one simple fact: These ingredients are significantly coated with chemicals. Of course, when these products are smoked, they provide similar effects as THC – only with higher risks!
If you find these Synthetic Cannabinoid products in your local Gas Stations, Convenient Stores or Head Shops, you may see them listed as: “K2”, “Spice” or even “Herbal Incense” or “Potpourri”. These are the many names associated with the Synthetic Designer Drugs made to outperform the THC in Marijuana. You’ll even be more surprised to find that these products are marked “Not for Human Consumption”. Why would these products be marked with such a blatant statement?
“Not for Human Consumption”
If you scrutinize the labels on many Synthetic Cannabinoids that are sold today, you will probably find a warning that clearly says: “Not for Human Consumption”. This is quite the statement, especially for such a widely used product. However, this specific label warning has not dissuaded the entire population from using it. Likely, this is an attempt to protect the retailers from prosecution. Moreover, this specific labeling makes it difficult for products to be banned or labeled as illegal by the Food and Drug Administration. It is true that many Synthetic Cannabinoids are now illegal in 2019, however, there are a significant amount of products that have not been banned and are still being widely sold. Is there any real truth in the warning? Where exactly are these Synthetic Cannabinoid products made?
Where are Synthetic Cannabinoid products made?
According to the 2017 Edition of DRUGS of ABUSE A DEA Resource Guide:
“The vast majority of synthetic cannabinoids are manufactured in Asia without manufacturing requirements or quality control standards. The bulk products are smuggled into the United States typically as misbranded imports and have no legitimate medical or industrial use.”
What is the Effect K2/Spice?
The effects of Synthetic Cannabinoids can be both dangerous and deadly. Experts believe that these Synthetic Drugs are now more dangerous than naturally grown cannabis with serious short term and long term side effects. Some of the frightening side-effects may include Hallucination, Confusion and Paranoia, Loss of Consciousness, and possible psychotic episodes among others.
How Long Do Synthetic Cannabinoids Stay in the Body?
According to Arete Recovery, the following timeline can be useful in determining how long it takes Spice to leave the body.
- Oral fluids (saliva): up to 12 hours
- Blood: between 24 and 48 hours
- Urine: up to 72 hours
- Hair: undetermined but possibly 3 months
Because many forms of Synthetic Cannabinoids are new and untested, it remains unknown exactly how long these drugs will stay within the body. Also, everyone’s metabolism is different – being affected by Age, Gender, Liver & Kidney Function, etc. Determining exactly how long these substances stay within the human body may not be an exact science due to the numerous variables.
How Do I Test Myself?
If you haven’t considered the harm Synthetic Drugs can have on the human body, you aren’t alone. In fact, many have mistakenly underestimated the potency of these drugs and sadly suffered the consequences. As mentioned, there is no definitive information on how long these Synthetic Substances stay in your body. If you or a loved one have taken these substances and are concerned, there are options!
The nature of Synthetic Cannabinoids is ever-changing, this is why taking a drug test may clue you in as to the extent of the toxins in your system. Some are even concerned with how they will fair on an Employment Screening Drug Test. The Solution?
Here at 12 Panel Now, we provide Synthetic Marijuana Drug Test (K2 Test Strips) for personal or business use. If you are participating in a mandatory employment screening, or require this of your employees, or even concerned about your own drug levels, you now have an option to drug test yourself. This option will give you fast, reliable results.
See below for instructions:
Synthetic Marijuana Test Strips Procedure:
- Remove the Synthetic Marijuana test strip from its sealed pouch, or remove from the canister, and use it as soon as possible. For the best results, the test should be performed within an hour. The canister should be closed tightly after removing any strips.
- Hold the Synthetic Marijuana test strip by the end, where the product name is printed. To avoid contamination, do not touch the strip membrane.
- Holding the strip vertically, dip the test strip in the urine specimen for at least 10-15 seconds. Do not immerse past the maximum line (MAX) on the test strip.
- After the test has finished running, remove the strip from the specimen and place it on a non-absorbent flat surface. Start the timer and wait for the colored band(s) to appear. The result should be read in 5 minutes. Do not interpret the result after 10 minutes
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Is Using a Drug Test Cup Easy?
Whether you are looking to screen yourself or test someone else, you’ll first want to identify what exactly you are screening for. Though there are many varieties of Drug Test Cups and Test Strips available, some are configured for certain types of screening.
For instance, if you are looking to verify that there are no presence of natural THC, THC Urine Test Strips would be the most appropriate. However, if you are looking to screen for additional substances including marijuana, there are buying options that provide both such as 12 Panel Urine Drug Test Cup
One of the most popular Drug Testing Kits are the 12 Panel Drug Testing Cups. These drug test cups detects up to 12 different substances.
How Long Does it Take to Detect Results?
Results of the 12 Panel Drug Test Cup can be viewed in as little as two minutes or less, although it is recommended that you assess the urine specimen five minutes after the drug test has been taken. Do not wait longer than eight minutes to interpret the result.
The 12 Panel Drug Test cup should be stored in a temperature-regulated room between 36 degrees and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not remove the drug test cups from their seals until they’re ready for use.
We’re Here to Help!
Here at 12 Panel Now, we are happy to provide information and spread awareness regarding these topics and more! Every week, we publish a Blog with information on current events, as well as insights regarding our products! We also provide the nation’s most affordable Drug Testing Supplies, including Drug Testing Cups and Strips both for personal, and medical use. Our selection of Urine Drug Testing cups is one of the nations most affordable and reliable. Urine Drug Tests only take minutes to perform and evaluate.
If you are concerned about your levels or would like to test someone you know, we have Single Use Drug Tests available as well. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us or send us an email!