Fake pot users suffer brain bleeding, bloody urine, IL health officials warn

Synthetic cannabinoids are born in a lab

Around six people had faced severe bleeding since March 10, 2018, in northeastern IL. Officials have reported 22 people taken to the ER with severe bleeding connected to synthetic cannabinoid products since March 7, the Chicago Tribune reports.

No deaths have been reported so far, and the situation is still being investigated, said Arnold. "Very severe bleeding that's prompting them to go to the emergency room".

This is the first time that severe bleeding has been associated with the drugs known as cannabinoids, a mix of hundreds of chemicals that act on the same brain cell receptors as the active ingredient in marijuana.

The health department was still trying to identify common products in the cannabinoids and determine where they originated.

While there have been no such cases at Good Samaritan's ER, Millewich said, synthetic pot, often called "fake weed", "K2" or "spice", has previously displayed life-threatening symptoms like kidney failure, along with psychosis.

"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.

"This bleeding is not expected, at least in such a significant population so quickly", she said.

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

"Synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe". All reported using synthetic cannabinoids.

Contaminated products could be circulating in other IL counties, public health officials warned. Users have reported bleeding from their eyes and ears, as well as extremely heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding disproportionately from an injury.

The agency is continuing to warn anyone who has used these products and starts to experience sudden, unexplained bleeding or bruising is urged to seek emergency help immediately.

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