CDC Warns Synthetic Weed Can Lead to 'Life-Threatening' Bleeding

First Maryland case of bleeding from synthetic marijuana reported

As of Thursday, April 5th, 89 people have been hospitalized in the city of Chicago and surrounding neighborhoods after ingesting synthetic cannabis known as K2 or Spice, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). She added that people may have symptoms such as unexplained bruising, bleeding from the nose or gums, blood in the urine or stool, coughing up or vomiting blood, and bleeding in the brain.

Three men are being held without bail after being charged with selling synthetic marijuana that has been linked to at least two deaths. In the case of the latest outbreak, Gizmodo reports that several patients have tested positive for brodifacoum, which is common in rodenticide, leading medical experts to suspect the product causing the outbreak was laced with rat poison.

Synthetic marijuana is extremely lucrative for shops, who market it illegally, said Cara Smith, primary policy officer with the Cook County Agency's off ice. Hospital of Cook County said in the ME's release.

However, Prather also thinks its possible that the bleeding could've been caused by a yet-to-be identified chemical that was reportedly first identified in 2012.

"This poisoning is unique in that its effects can last weeks to months", said Dr. Jenny Lu, a toxicologist and emergency medicine physician at Chicago's Stroger Hospital. It is hard to know what's in them or what your reaction to them will be, health officials warned.

Dr. Wells says they haven't seen any cases in MI yet. The substance is often referred to as Spice, K2 or fake weed.

The statement described synthetic cannabinoids as "human-made, mind-altering chemicals that are sprayed on to dried plant material". Other interventions may be necessary depending on the severity of the poisoning. The Illinois Department of Public Health said patients have reported getting the drugs from convenience stores, dealers and friends. "We strongly urge everyone not to use synthetic cannabinoids". The person's current medical status was not immediately disclosed.

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