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Eight cases of severe bleeding reported after using synthetic cannabinoids

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Patty Aguilar | 31 March, 2018, 08:16

The number of severe-bleeding cases linked to the use of synthetic pot has grown to 32 people in seven IL counties, according to the state Department of Public Health. The substance is supposed to give users a similar high as the real drug but sometimes is way more powerful.

A minimart in the 1300 block of South Kedzie Avenue was cited and synthetic cannabis was seized.

"You need to get to an emergency room immediately".

Although individuals report obtaining synthetic cannabinoid products in the Chicagoland area, contaminated products could be in counties across the state. "This bleeding is not expected, at least in such a significant population so quickly", she said.

Synthetic cannabinoids, which are marketed under brand names like "K2", "Spice" and "Black Mamba", are mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material for smoking or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices, the IDPH said.

"I have heard numerous stories from doctors, medics and police officers who encountered a very violent and erratic person under the influence of synthetic marijuana", he told CNN. These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they act on the same brain cell receptors as the main active ingredient in marijuana. Find somebody to take you or call 911. "It is hard to know what's in them or what your reaction to them will be".

Even so, severe bleeding is not a known side effect of the drugs, Dr. Melissa Millewich, an emergency room physician at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in IL told the Tribune. So why are people in IL losing excess blood after smoking some spice? In 6 reported cases, severe bleeding occurred after each individual affected had used synthetic cannabinoids, which are colloquially known as "fake weed", "K2", and "spice".

It's possible that there's an anticoagulant or blood thinner in this batch of drugs, and that's causing the bleeding, Dr. Jerrold Leikin, the director of toxicology at NorthShore University HealthSystem told NBC Chicago.

"I guess that's why they call it illicit drugs", he said, "because you don't know what you're getting". "Whether it's nose bleeds, bleeding from their gums, bleeding in their urine".

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