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A Warning For Synthetic Marijuana Users

02 April 2018, 12:45 | Leigh Flowers

Be advised! Synthetic cannabinoid products linked to severe bleedingPN EditorThursday

Be advised! Synthetic cannabinoid products linked to severe bleedingPN EditorThursday

On Friday, the number of cases climbed to 32, the health department reported. IDPH continues to investigate these cases to try to identify a common product.

The products are also known as legal weed, synthetic marijuana and herbal or liquid incense, and come in forms that can be sprayed on plant material to be smoked or liquids that can be vaporized.


The director of toxicology for the NorthShore University HealthSystem tells NBC Chicago the tainted synthetic pot-which is typically made of hundreds of chemicals-could contain some sort of blood thinner or anticoagulant.

Synthetic cannabinoids fall into a category of drugs called new psychoactive substances, which are unregulated mind-altering substances that are newly available on the market and meant to cause the same effects as illegal drugs, according to IDPH. 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. Synthetic cannabinoids are actually part of a group of drugs called new psychoactive substances (NPS) and are capable of affecting the brain much more powerfully than natural marijuana. "We have seen cases increase dramatically overnight in IL and know at least one person in IN has reported severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids". How quickly someone's body could eliminate brodifacoum varies on a case-by-case basis because it is dependent on the quantity consumed and how the poison was ingested.


"Although unusual to see such high doses prescribed, due to the long-acting nature of this poisoning, these high doses are required", the memo stated. "The vast majority have reported acquiring the product in the Chicagoland area", Layden said. It also does not have an odor and it is not typically detected on urine drug tests, he said.

Anyone who has a serious reaction to synthetic marijuana should call 911 or immediately go to a hospital, the IDPH said.


Chicago Tribune's Kate Thayer contributed.



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