MD Officials Warn of Hazards from Synthetic Cannabinoids

First Maryland case of bleeding from synthetic marijuana reported

Synthetic marijuana is extremely lucrative for retailers, who sell it illegally, said Cara Smith, chief policy officer with the Cook County sheriff's office. The person was treated for bleeding and coagulation issues. "Hospitals can treat these patients, so if they seek medical attention soon enough they can get treatment", said Dr. Arunkumar. In the case of the latest outbreak, Gizmodo reports that several patients have tested positive for brodifacoum, which is common in rodenticide, leading medical experts to suspect the product causing the outbreak was laced with rat poison.

Brodifacoum, which is used as rat poison, impairs blood clotting in humans and can cause fatal gastrointestinal and intracerebral hemorrhage.

At least two people have died; A 22-year-old Chicago man who died last month and another in Peoria.

"Seeing blood in their urine or they may be bleeding uncontrollably from their nose". Dr. Lu said most of her patients are unaware that the drug they've used in the past might now be laced with a unsafe poison. Hundreds of different synthetic cannabinoid chemicals are manufactured and sprayed on dried plant material or sold as liquids to be inhaled in addictive tobacco products like e-cigarettes or other vaping devices.

Until the exact origins of the contaminated products are determined, health officials fear more freaky cases of bleeding will continue to pile up. Other interventions may be necessary depending on the severity of the poisoning.

"Despite the perception that synthetic cannabinoids are safe and a legal alternative to marijuana, many are illegal and can cause severe illness", IDPH director Dr. Nirav D. Shad said in a news release. The LaSalle County Health Department says they are not aware of any local cases, but that they want to keep the public informed of the situation. The ingredients are banned in IL but manufacturers try to get around these laws by using different ingredients or using the label "not for human consumption".



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