'Spice' is a name used for a whole range of different drugs supposed to mimic the effects of cannabis. If you buy Spice there is no way to know which of these drugs you are getting and how dangerous it could be.

What is Spice?
Spice is usually a brand name for synthetic cannabinoids - chemicals that are made to act like the active part of cannabis, a substance called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As synthetic cannabinoids act like cannabis the effects - good and bad - are likely to be very similar to cannabis. Some users will feel happy and relaxed, may get the giggles, feel hunger pangs and become very talkative. Others may feel ill or paranoid.
Synthetic cannabinoids are usually sold in 'herbal' smoking mixtures. Sometimes these smoking mixtures have been found not to contain any synthetic cannibinoids at all!

There are lots of different types of synthetic cannabinoids and a large number have become Class B drugs, which are illegal to have, give away or sell. You can never be sure what is in a smoking mixture so it’s often hard to tell whether it is illegal or not. There is no way to know which and how much of these drugs you are getting and how dangerous it could be.

You’ll find more information on Spice from the links or you can talk to FRANK on 0300 123 6600 in complete confidence.

How do I know what I’m taking?
The simple answer is that you don’t. In fact, you can never be sure that any powder, pill or liquid contains what you’re told it does.

You can also not be sure how you might react to particular drugs. Everyone is different.

What do I do if I feel unwell?
If you’ve taken something and you find you start to feel unwell, take time out to look after yourself and ask for help if you need it. If the problem doesn't improve or is getting worse, you should seek medical help.