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Outbreak of Severe Bleeding Linked to Synthetic Marijuana

Outbreak of Severe Bleeding Linked to Synthetic Marijuana

The number of severe-bleeding cases linked to the use of synthetic pot has grown to 32 people in seven IL counties, according to the state Department of Public Health. This stuff isn't tracked well, either, so there might be a giant pile of eye-bleed fake weed sitting in gas stations across IL, or this might be limited to a handful of people.

So far in IL, 38 people have experience severe bleeding issues after consuming synthetic cannabis.

Yesterday (March 29), the Chicago Tribune reported that that number had risen to 22, a figure that included cases dating back to March 7.

This is the first time that severe bleeding has been associated with the drugs known as cannabinoids, a mix of hundreds of chemicals that act on the same brain cell receptors as the active ingredient in marijuana.

Most of those affected were in the Chicago area, but health officials warned the contaminated products could also be present elsewhere across the state, said department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold.

The health effects which are linked to the usage of synthetic cannabinoids are harmful and unpredictable as well. "The recent cases of severe bleeding are evidence of the harm synthetic cannabinoids can cause".

"This bleeding is not expected, at least in such a significant population so quickly", she said.

In July, over 100 people overdosed on so-called synthetic pot in a Pennsylvania county over the span of just three days, CNN reported, but no one died.

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the public health department, says there's an erroneous perception that synthetic cannabinoids are a safe and legal alternative to marijuana.

The people who were admitted to the hospital with bleeding eyes and ears admitted to having used synthetic pot, but it is unclear what their source was.

"Synthetic cannabinoid products can be toxic".

You are urged to call 911 if you take a form of spice and experience adverse reactions, officials say.


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