Although there aren’t sufficient statistics that can validate whether or not K2 spice and other “herbal incense” products sprayed with JWH018 can lead to dependence, some experts believe that repeated exposure to these products can result in addiction. German researchers once reported the case of a 20-year-old man who had been using the Spice Gold product daily for eight months.
Not long after starting the merchandise, the person found that he needed larger and bigger doses to feel an impact. He quickly increased his use to three grams per day. The man felt an endless need for the merchandise. He was unable to urge it for a while and experienced unrest, drug craving, illusions, sweating, nausea, tremor, headache, high vital sign, and a racing heartbeat. This passed away when he again started using the product.
On the other hand, some hospital doctors in the US have expressed their concern over the possible link of K2 in heart damage. In 2010, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas has treated two K2 cases that involve two male teenagers who complained of serious chest pains and heart palpitations. One of the boys suffered long-term heart damage. Dr. Colin Kane, a pediatric cardiologist who treated both cases said “We’re theorizing that something in the K2 caused his coronary arteries to spasm, causing blockage of blood flow temporarily to his heart.”
In a different case, K2 is being investigated in the death of 19-year-old Dominique Tate, who died Friday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. The Dallas County medical examiner is awaiting toxicology results before concluding the cause of Tate’s death, but K2 might not show up since it isn’t on drug screening analyses.
There was also the case of a 28-year-old woman from Indiana who died from smoking a synthetic marijuana product. According to WXIN-TV in Indianapolis, the mother of two is dead after using synthetic marijuana laced incense known as “Spice.”
From the standpoint of Jahan Marcu – a cannabinoid researcher based at Temple University in Philadelphia – synthetic cannabinoid compounds shouldn’t be used by people, whether by means of smoking or mixing them with their food or drinks. This because there are a lot of JWH compounds and JWH that are unique and very potent even at low doses.