Synthetic cannabinoids usage linked several bleeding issues

Doctors Don't Know Why This Synthetic Pot Is Making People's Eyes Bleed

Doctors Don't Know Why This Synthetic Pot Is Making People's Eyes Bleed

"Despite the perception that synthetic cannabinoids are safe and a legal alternative to marijuana, many are illegal and can cause severe illness", IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah said in a statement earlier this week.

Synthetic cannabis has claimed a life in IL. Each case so far has resulted in hospitalizations, with symptoms including coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody noses, and bleeding gums. While such products have always been considered hazardous, severe bleeding is not a known side effect, tells Melissa Millewich of the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. They are sold on the street, according to state department spokesperson Melaney Arnold, and most of the patients report having acquired their products from friends, dealers, or convenience stores.

Doctors Don't Know Why This Synthetic Pot Is Making People's Eyes Bleed

The agency is continuing to warn anyone who has used these products and starts to experience sudden, unexplained bleeding or bruising is urged to seek emergency help immediately.

Synthetic cannabinoids, which are marketed under brand names like "K2", "Spice" and "Black Mamba", are mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material for smoking or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices, the IDPH said.

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This photo provided Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 by New York Police Department shows packets of synthetic marijuana seized after a search warrant was served at a newsstand in Brooklyn, N.Y. Researches from universities in the Netherlands and Germany found that users of synthetic marijuana were more likely to feel incapacitated, compared with regular weed, even if the high was relatively similar. Dr. Melissa Millewich, with Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, said something unknown and new in the product is triggering the bleeding reaction.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health tracks cases of bleeding from synthetic marijuana online.

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