What is the 'Zombie' drug?

What is the 'Zombie' drug?
What is the 'Zombie' drug?

Q&A - 'Spice'.

What is 'Spice'?

Spice is a mix of herbs (shredded plant material) and laboratory-made chemicals with mind-altering effects. It is often called "synthetic marijuana" or "fake weed" because some of the chemicals in it are similar to ones in marijuana. But, its effects are sometimes very different from marijuana, and often up to 100 x stronger.

What does it do to you?

People take spice for the effects similar to those produced by marijuana: relaxation, elevated mood, altered perception (changes in awareness of objects and conditions), psychosis (feeling detached from reality).

However, people who have had bad reactions to Spice report symptoms like: fast heart rate, vomiting, extreme anxiety or nervousness, hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren't there), feeling confused, violent behaviors and suicidal thoughts.

The problem with spice is that its effects are unpredictable. In a few cases, it has been linked with heart attacks, kidney damage, liver problems and death.

Why is it called the 'Zombie' drug?

Spice also goes by the name of "Zombie Drug," due to the zombie-like state it can leave users in.

The issue became so widespread that videos of people slumped on park benches and the like went viral on social media, prompting a trend of "zombie hunting" on sites like Facebook.

Is it addictive?

Yes, Spice can be addictive. People who use Spice a lot may have withdrawal symptoms if they try to quit. This means they can't stop using it even when they really want to and even after it causes terrible consequences to their health and other parts of their lives. Withdrawal symptoms can include: headaches, anxiety, depression, irritability.

Can you overdose on it?

Yes. Spice use has been linked to a rising number of emergency department visits and to some deaths.

What should I do if someone has an adverse reaction or overdose?

Some general poisoning advice includes: calling for an ambulance or make your own way to hospital, noting the time and amount taken, do not induce vomiting, monitor airway / breathing / circulation and be prepared to resuscitate if necessary.

Shocking video of men who turned into zombies by Spice drug.