Published: Mon, April 02, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

Person dies after using synthetic marijuana

Person dies after using synthetic marijuana

Tazewell County also reported 10 cases, while Peoria County logged six.

Sellers of synthetic cannabinoids promise effects similar to genuine cannabis, but use can come with severe agitation, anxiety, a racing heartbeat, raised blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, seizures, tremors and intense hallucinations and psychotic episodes, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

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

Healthcare providers, schools and health departments encountering unusual cases of bleeding in individuals should inquire about potential exposures to synthetic marijuana.

Fake weed is illegal in IL, but crafty manufacturers often tweak the formula of products to circumvent state laws, allowing them to be sold legally. At the same time, nobody knows why this reaction is happening in the first place. The symptoms have included patients coughing up blood, blood in the urine, a severe bloody nose, or bleeding gums. It is also updated that these synthetic cannabinoids are not only a single drug but it is made by using hundreds of chemicals and then sold freely to the people.

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"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. However, health officials say the opposite is true since many products contain unidentified and potentially toxic chemicals.

The health department says the health effects from using synthetic cannabinoids - are sprayed on dried plant material before they are smoked or sold as liquid - can be "unpredictable, harmful and deadly".

IL health officials are advising anyone experiencing unexplained bleeding after using synthetic pot to go to the nearest emergency room.

Health officials have issued a warning against synthetic marijuana after users experienced unsafe effects.

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