Fake Pot Cited as Cause in 16 Cases of Kidney Damage
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 02/14/2013 in Medical Marijuana Trends
New Report on Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana
A new report issued from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have linked 16 cases of serious kidney damage to the direct use of synthetic marijuana. Although no fatalities have been reported, 16 people had to be admitted to hospitals and five required hemodialysis. The patients described in the report ranged from ages 15 to 33 and all but 1 were male.
Synthetic Marijuana such as “Spice” or “K2” are over-the-counter substances designed to mimic the effects of cannabis and the psychoactive properties of THC. Also know as “herbal incense”, these designer drugs are dissolved in solvent, applied to plant material and then smoked. There are very little information regarding the ingredients in synthetic cannabinoids that are sold and no regulation regarding the additional chemicals added to the mixtures.
We reported on the story of a young girl who nearly died from smoking synthetic marijuana back in January and we are saddened to hear of more cases just like this. It’s frightening to know that our children have access to these designer drugs. Young minds are can be easily persuaded to try it just once thinking it is similar to cannabis. But that one decision can kill them or put them on dialysis for the rest of their lives. Make as many people as you know aware of the dangers of fake pot.