First Maryland case of bleeding from synthetic marijuana reported

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If you have been exposed to synthetic marijuana, doctors say it's important to seek immediate medical attention. Lu says that brodifacoum poisoning effects can last weeks to months.

Symptoms include bruising, nosebleeds, bleeding of the gums, bleeding out of proportion to the level of injury, vomiting blood, blood in urine or stool, or excessively heavy menstrual bleeding and back pain.

"Dozens of people in IL, including two who died, have experienced severe bleeding, such as coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose, and/or bleeding gums, after using synthetic cannabinoids", the statement added.

More than 80 percent of the cases have been reported from Chicago and Peoria and Tazewell Counties. Cook County's Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar said synthetic marijuana is risky enough.

CNN reports that at least three of the samples from this recent outbreak were found to contain rat poison, with subsequent lab tests verifying the deadly chemical was found in at least 18 of the aforementioned patients.




In a statement, the Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar warned that brodifacoum can be highly lethal and that it should not be consumed. It can cause severe, even fatal, bleeding.

Synthetic cannabis is a man-made chemical compound created to act on the cannabinoid receptors and is sprayed onto plant material to mimic the real thing. "We will work with state and federal public health officials to try to identify common products and where they are coming from".

These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they act on the same brain cell receptors as the main active ingredient in marijuana.

Some people who are required to undergo routine drug testing use synthetic marijuana to get high because its components are often hard to detect on tests.

Synthetic marijuana, also known as fake weed, is sold for recreational use under the names K2, Spice, Black Mamba, Bombay Blue, Genie and Zohai, among others.

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