Synthetic marijuana leads to death of IL resident

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

The health effects from using synthetic cannabinoids can be unpredictable, harmful, and deadly.

The health department was still trying to identify common products in the cannabinoids and determine where they originated. The chemicals are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material to be smoked or sold as liquids that can be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes or similar devices.

Synthetic cannabinoids are comprised of hundreds of different chemicals, which are called cannabinoids.

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

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

They are found in shops, petrol stations, drug parapernalia shops, novelty stores and online.

"We want to alert people to the dangers of using synthetic cannabinoids", Dr. Jennifer Layden, the chief medical officer of the Illinois Department of Public Health, told CBS Chicago.




Besides bleeding from the ears and eyes, patients also vomited blood, suffered nosebleeds, saw blood in their urine and women bled heavier than normal during their menstrual cycle.

If a person was hospitalized, they could get Vitamin K through an IV, which would work faster on the body, Lank said. But officials believe that number will grow, as it's possible contaminated products have been sold across the state.

"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.

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.

Even though the incidents were mostly in the Chicago area, the drug could be affecting people statewide, said department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold.

Chicago Tribune's Kate Thayer contributed.

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