Synthetic Pot Users Dead After Severe Bleeding Reports

  • Synthetic Pot Users Dead After Severe Bleeding Reports

Synthetic Pot Users Dead After Severe Bleeding Reports

Statewide, 56 people have been hospitalized and two have died from severe hemorrhaging after using synthetic marijuana, often known as Spice or K2.

There have been six cases in Cook County, two in Kankakee County, 20 in Peoria County, 15 in Tazewell County and one in each of the counties of DuPage, Kane, McLean and Will.

'Our investigation is ongoing, but individuals report using many different product names, ' IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold told Daily Mail Online.

All of the cases involved unexplained bleeding, such as coughing up blood, blood in the urine, bloody nose or bleeding gums.

'Because these products are not regulated, it's hard to know the chemical make-up, source and distribution'.

Illinois State Police and Chicago Police allegedly traced several of the cases to King Mini Mart in Lawndale, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Now, state officials are working to identify any common synthetic cannabinoid products related to those cases and to determine where the products were obtained. Officials are warning people who have bought the products not to use them, and those who have already used the products and are experiencing symptoms to seek immediate medical help.

"We continue to see the number of cases rise", said IDPH director Dr. Nirav Shah, who had previously called the synthetics "unsafe" due to the unknown chemicals used.

People are using synthetic marijuana as a safe way to get high but instead have had some alarming effects: bleeding from their ears and eyes.

The owner of a Chicago convenience store and two employees have been charged with selling synthetic marijuana that has been linked to two deaths. Because of this similarity, synthetic cannabinoids are sometimes misleadingly called "synthetic marijuana" (or "fake weed"), and they are often marketed as safe, legal alternatives to that drug.

Since 2015 hundreds of people across the U.S. have overdosed and been hospitalized after smoking too much or bad batches of synthetic cannabis.

Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made, mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices.

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.

Although these mind-altering chemicals are called cannabinoids, since they are created to be similar to chemicals found in the marijuana plant, their actual impacts on the brain and body are much more powerful and can include side effects different from those of marijuana. "Or if this is potentially a new side effect of a new synthetic cannabinoid".