Bath salts and Spice are synthetic drugs manufactured overseas by entities not regulated for quality control or ingredients. The DEA used its emergency scheduling at the end of 2011 to control some of the synthetic substances used in manufacturing bath salts. They also temporarily scheduled five cannabinoids found in products such as Spice as Schedule 1 substances.

Bath Salts

The drug called bath salts is very different from the product you put in a bath. It’s a stimulant drug containing a concentrated synthetic version of a chemical contained in the Khat plant. The chemicals most found in bath salts are methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), mephedrone, and methylone.

What does it look like?

Bath salts are marketed as plant food and the words “not for human consumption” often appear on the packaging. They are sold in small plastic vials or in a foil packet about the size of a moist towelette. The product is a fine white or off-white powder. Some common brand names are Bliss, Blue Silk, Cloud Nine, Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky and White Lightning.

How are people using bath salts?

Bath salts are snorted, injected and smoked.

What are the effects?

  • A very quick high that last 4-6 hours
  • Severe paranoia that sometimes causes harm to the user or others
  • Agitation
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hallucinations/psychosis
  • Death or serious injury
The drug Spice or K2 consists of a mixture of herbs and spices that have been sprayed with a synthetic compound similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. It’s often marketed as “fake weed.”

What does it look like?

It looks like a mixture of herbs and it is packaged in small foil bags or in round plastic containers. The words “not for human consumption” often appear somewhere on the product label.

What are the effects?

  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Panic attacks
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Numbness and tingling

The effects can be unpredictable since it can be unknown what the product actually contains.