Leeds spice: Major effects the mind-altering drug can have on users and how long it takes to feel them

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During this week, the YEP is shining a light on the ongoing problem with synthetic drug spice on the streets of Leeds.

As well as speaking with local authorities, charities and business owners to hear the effects on them, we are also hoping to raise awareness around what the drug actually is, how it made and the law surrounding it.

Spice can affect users in many different ways

Spice can affect users in many different ways

Here we take a look at the effects the drug has on users:

Many people have heard of the drug spice, but not so many know the actual affect it can have on users.

From persistent vomiting to muscle damage, spice is a danger to anyone who takes it.

If smoked, the effects can take hold within minutes. If consumed orally then the effects may take longer.

Many people have heard of the drug spice, but not so many know the actual affect it can have on users.

Many people have heard of the drug spice, but not so many know the actual affect it can have on users.

The length the effects are felt can vary massively, anywhere from around half an hour to six or even eight hours.

There is no way of telling how long the intoxication will last before taking.

Generally, spice is 100 to 800 times more potent than cannabis.

Here is a list of the most common effects felt by spice users:

Leeds spice: This is what spice actually is and what can be done if you're caught with it

- Irregular heart bear/fast pulse

- Seizures

- Chest pains

- Muscle damage

- Acute kidney injury

- Reduced consciousness (possibly coma)

- Convulsions

- Unresponsiveness

- Psychosis-like effects

- Uncontrollable laughter

- Persistent vomiting

READ: Leeds spice: How rise in use of drug is having an impact in city centre

If you or anyone you know is struggling with the affects of spice, Forward Leeds can help. Click here to visit their website, or call 0113 8872477.