“Synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe. People who have used these products and develop any bleeding issues or have concern about any health effects should seek immediate medical attention.”
~ Melaney Arnold, Spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Public Health
After a rash of reports of severe bleeding, public health officials in Illinois have issued a warning about fake marijuana. Since March 7, a minimum of 32 people have come forward reporting severe adverse health effects after using synthetic cannabinoids:
- Bloodied noses
- Bleeding gums
- Blood in urine
- Bleeding from the eyes and ears
- increased menstrual flow
- Brain bleeds
Arnold continued, “At this time, IDPH is not reporting any deaths, but that may change.”
The Problem with Fake Pot
Synthetic marijuana is a completely unregulated product often made from literally hundreds of unknown chemicals. Users of products with such names as “Spice”, “Crazy Clown”, or “K2” are literally playing Russian roulette with their physical and mental health.
Despite being marketed as “safe”, “natural”, and “legal”, synthetic pot products are none of these. Unfortunately, the scary situation in Illinois is nothing new. For example:
- UNSAFE – The National Poison Data System reports that during the first quarter of 2015 alone, calls involving synthetic cannabinoids jumped 330%.
- UNNATURAL – Base plant materials are soaked in or sprayed with a variety of psychoactive chemicals. Here’s the problem – artificial cannabinoids can be up to 200 times stronger than the real thing.
- ILLEGAL – The sale or possession of synthetic marijuana is against the law in most places. And although manufacturers try to circumvent the law by constantly tweaking the formula, some locations – like San Diego, for example – are focusing instead on “what it is doing to the human body”.
Synthetic drugs ARE dangerous. If you or someone you care about is abusing so-called synthetic marijuana, the best way to protect yourself is to get professional help. Lasting Recovery is one of the top outpatient rehab centers in Southern California.