How long does spice stay in your system? And no, I am not talking about the peppers and chili. I mean “spice”, also known as K2, pep spice, ocean breeze, black mamba, Bombay blue, dragon, and synthetic marijuana. So, how long does this drug, spice, stay in your system?
Spice has been known as the “legal pot”. This spice is found in most herbal incenses and potpourri. Spice is known as synthetic marijuana because it gives you the similar “high” that you get when you smoke pot. The effects of spice are reported to be 4 times stronger than that of marijuana. The “high” does not last as long as when smoking pot but it is much stronger, although, this depends on the incense blend.
The three active components of spice are JWH-018, JWH-073, and JWH-250. These three chemicals are the ones that are looked for in a drug test. The JWH-018 and JWH-073 can still be detected in your urine for up to 72 hours. And when you are going to undergo oral fluid testing, the JWH-018, JWH-073, and JWH-250 can all be detected in your saliva from 24 to 48 hours after you ingest the drug.
However, all of these values may still vary depending on certain factors. Like most drugs, there are a lot of things that could affect the length of stay of spice in your body. Some of these factors to be considered are you age, sex, weight, metabolic rate, how much spice you have consumed, how often you have been taking spice, and for how long you have been smoking spice. All of these affect the amount of time it takes before you can finally rid yourself of any traces of spice.
If you are worried about getting a drug test and that the spice you recently smoked will show up in the results, well, you don’t really have to get too anxious about it. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has just recently banned synthetic marijuana or spice. It was only in March 1, 2011 that possession and distribution of synthetic marijuana, or spice, became illegal. And because of this, not all standard drug tests are able to detect the presence of JWH-018, JWH-073, and JWH-250. Only a few labs are able to do tests for spice.
However, I should advise you to stop using it now because later on, they will be able to include the screening for these drugs in standard tests. “Legal pot” is not so legal anymore.