Spice Detox and Withdrawal: Symptoms and Detox Timeline

Spice is one of the popular brand names for synthetic cannabinoids, which are abused as substitutes for marijuana. If you become addicted to spice, you’re likely to experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it.

It’s dangerous to detox at home, so we recommend detoxing at our rehab facility where you can receive 24/7 medical care and therapeutic support provided by an experienced clinical team. Some of the withdrawal symptoms you may encounter include heart palpitations, tremors, nausea and vomiting, profuse sweating and chills, nightmares, agitation and more. Safeguard your health by opting for a medical detox.

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What is Spice Withdrawal?

The effects produced by spice are like those produced by marijuana, but the ingredients contained in the drug cause it to be much more potent than weed. Using spice regularly can cause physical dependence before long. When that happens, you’ll experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the drug.

Withdrawal can last between a few days and several weeks, depending on various factors. You’re likely to experience both physical and psychological effects at first, but the psychological symptoms may remain long after as post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS). These symptoms may include panic attacks, irritability, cravings and anxiety.

What Causes Withdrawal?

Essential to understanding the mechanisms that lead up to withdrawal is the concept of homeostasis. The body functions most efficiently when the factors associated with its functioning are stable and constant. This is called homeostasis. If you regularly expose yourself to drugs, the state of balance gets thrown off. Your body modifies the levels of hormones, neurotransmitters, and so on, to adjust to the presence of the drug.

By the time you become tolerant to a certain level of the drug, you would have attained homeostasis. Therefore, you need more of the drug to achieve the same effects as before. As you increase your dosage, your body continues to adjust its set point for homeostasis.

Abruptly ceasing intake of the drug suddenly throws off the state of homeostasis that your body has developed. The resulting imbalances cause various effects, which manifest as psychological and/or physical symptoms.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal occurs due to the imbalances in hormones, neurotransmitters and bodily systems which arise when your body is suddenly thrown off balance by the abrupt cessation of a drug you’re dependent upon. Withdrawal goes hand in hand with detox, which involves the expulsion of spice from your system.

While the physical symptoms, if any, will most likely appear and subside within a few weeks at most, some psychosomatic symptoms tend to last several weeks or even months. Some of the more common spice withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Mild tremors
  • Reduced appetite
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Impatience
  • Anger
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Cravings
  • Tremors
  • Internal restlessness
  • Insomnia


You should begin to experience withdrawal symptoms after the effects of synthetic cannabinoids are no longer at play, possibly a couple of hours or days later. The earliest stage of withdrawal typically presents mild symptoms, but they can become worse and peak 4 to 7 days after your final dose.

In week 1 of withdrawal, you may experience desperation, cravings, anxiety and vomiting, among other symptoms. By week 2 you can expect the physical symptoms of withdrawal to resolve.

However, the psychological symptoms can take longer to dissipate if not properly treated. With therapy and holistic rehabilitation after 28 days you will be ready to re-enter society and cope with life on life’s terms.

What is a Medical Spice Detox?

Medical detox for Spice addiction is designed to ensure that patients can detox from legal highs safely and comfortably without having to deal with the potentially dangerous effects of withdrawal. Drugs like spice may have limited physical symptoms of withdrawal, but it can be extremely dangerous to detox through abstinence and, for some, it’s impossible to do so.

Psychological support during drug detox can make all the difference. Not only will our clinical team provide around-the-clock care to meet your physical needs, but your emotional needs will also be met. You’ll have help with cravings, so there’ll be no chance of a relapse.

Benefits of Private Drug Detox

Residential rehab is widely acclaimed for being the most effective option for detox and treatment of drug addiction. There are several reasons why it’s the ideal option for detox, each one more convincing than the last. Private detox ensures that you:

  • Are able to get the best possible medical care when you need it, given that withdrawal is the most dangerous period of addiction recovery.
  • Can access therapeutic or psychological care as needed since you’ll have 24/7 medical supervision.
  • Will be properly taken care of with a fully-trained and experienced team of medical and psychiatric professionals.
  • Can get clean from drugs in a safe and nurturing environment where you’ll be protected from negative influences that may trigger a relapse.
  • Will have no access to drugs, so even if mild cravings come, you’ll be unable to do anything about them.
  • Can continue to benefit from the rehab facility in the form of free aftercare for an entire year.
  • Get a chance to transition into rehab upon completion of your detox programme.

The process of getting your life back starts with medical detox. Get in touch with us today and you can be receiving treatment in no time.

Get Treatment Today

If you or a loved one are burdened with spice addiction, we can help end the suffering. At Primrose Lodge, we offer personalised rehab for legal highs with a range of holistic therapies to help get your life back on track.

Our fully-trained and experienced staff are able to provide specialist care and life-changing treatment to ensure a full and permanent recovery.

Call us today on 0203 553 9263 and take that bold first step to get the treatment you need.

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