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Bits & Pieces
by Erowid

The "Bits & Pieces" section is intended for random snippets of information which don't fit
easily elsewhere and/or which have been newly added, but not yet carefully categorized.

  • Spice-Cannabinoid Agonist Blood and Urine Tests Available
    Although standard THC-detection tests do not yet include the ability to test for the Spice-type cannabinoid receptor agonists (CP-47497 homologue, JWH-018, etc), the US Military and some other organizations are now testing for these chemicals because of their widespread use.

  • Standard Drug Test Not THC-Positive
    According to results from several lab tests, Spice and Spice Gold do not cause field or GC/MS confirmation tests to show up as cannabinoid- or THC-positive. "No drugs detected" was the result from one lab.

  • Contains Vitamin E
    Erowid had a sample of Spice tested by the lab we work with. They found a complex set of chemicals and the single chemical they identified was tocopherol / vitamin E. See DDL's Spice Analysis, May 2007.

    A toxicologist at the University of Dusseldorf analyzed a Spice mixture and noted that it contains high levels of Vitamin E.
    Ref: Der Spiegel article (in German)

  • Speculated Chemical Contents
    Erowid had been told of several chemicals speculated to be present in the Spice product. These include HU-210; DMHP (3-(1,2-Dimethylheptyl)-7,8,9,10-tetrahydro-6,6,9-trimethyl-6H-dibenzo[b,d]pyran-1-ol); CP 55940; WIN55212-2; (1-(2-morpholinoethyl)-1H-indol-3-yl)(naphthalen-2-yl)methanone [Vk dec 17 2007], JWH-018, CP-47,497, a 'slightly modified form' of CP-47,497.

  • Tocopherol's Role
    Erowid has received speculation that tocopherol was added because it masks the underlying material in a Mass Spectrometer OR that the chemical fragmented when undergoing standard mass spectrometry has the same mass as Tocopherol and there is no actual tocopherol in Spice. Perhaps someone can read the GC/MS output and let us know if either of those speculations are falsifiable.

    Another speculation is that the tocopherol is included to retard oxidation of the psychoactive chemicals in Spice.

  • HU-210 Confirmed by US Customs
    On January 15, 2009, U.S. agents reported that seized spice contained HU-210, a potent synthetic cannabinoid. "This very unique discovery of the narcotic, HU-210, is possibly the first of its kind for CBP," said David Murphy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations in Chicago. This confirms speculation by Erowid contributors from November 2008 that JWH-018 is not the only chemical deposited onto Spice products being sold around the world. Unfortunately, another lab has stated that they believe Customs made an analytical error and there is no HU-210 in the current Spice products.

  • CP-47,497 Reported by group at University of Freiburg, Germany
    A group at the University of Freiburg, Germany, reported on January 19, 2009, that some Spice products contain the synthetic cannabinoid CP-49,497 as the "main active substance".

  • German researchers report a "slightly modified form" of CP-47,497
    A German group published results of their look at Spice in the Journal of Mass Spectrometry, Volume 45, 2008. They report finding a chemical that is a "slightly modified form" of the cannabinoid CP-47,497. See

  • Research finds Cathinone Stimulants on some Spice-Type Products in Arkansas, 2012-2013
    Research not yet published has found that some portion of spice-type products (K2, etc) in the US in 2012 and 2013 contain cathinone stimulants such as MDPV. (Fantegrossi private communication)