Synthetic cannabinoids (K2, spice, spike) are not actually cannabis, but are made from another type of plant and sprayed with chemicals produced in a laboratory. Synthetic cannabinoids affect the brain more powerfully than cannabis, and may result in nausea, anxiety, paranoia, brain swelling, seizures, hallucinations, aggression, heart palpitations or chest pains. Synthetic cannabinoids are illegal in Vermont.
If someone you know has used synthetic cannabinoids and needs help, call 9-1-1 immediately if the person stops breathing, collapses, or has a seizure. These symptoms can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Call your Poison Control Center at 800-222-1222.