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Cases of major bleeding in Illinois over synthetic marijuana have grown to 22. State health officials say the situation is being investigated and no deaths have been reported so far. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images )
There are now 22 cases of major bleeding in Illinois, especially in the Chicago area, over synthetic marijuana, officials say. Reports of the symptom began on March 1
State and local health officials issued a warning Thursday, March 29, about several cases of patient bleeding from the eyes and ears following the use of a synthetic cannabinoid product. While such products have long been considered dangerous, heavy bleeding is not a known side effect, says Melissa Millewich from Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove.
Illinois prohibits synthetic marijuana, but some manufacturers have been able to handle strict laws to make minor changes to the product in order to legally sell it. They are sold on the street, according to State Department spokesman Melaney Arnold, and most patients report that they have bought their products from friends, dealers, or stores.
So far no deaths have been reported, and the situation is still
According to Millewich, a new modification in the formula could be responsible for the heavy bleeding. Health experts, however, are largely unaware of the exact composition of synthetic marijuana products, leaving them uncertain as to the cause of the major bleeding in the reported cases.
Synthetic cannabinoids are commonly referred to as "K2". "Spice" or "Black Mamba". They are mind-altering chemicals made up of hundreds of elements designed to mimic the effects of true marijuana. They are usually sprayed on dry plants to be smoked or sold as liquids to be evaporated. The effects are unpredictable and life-threatening.
"They are not safe and can affect the brain much more than marijuana," said the Illinois Department of Public Health, which encouraged people not to use synthetic marijuana products
"Despite the perception that synthetic Cannabinoids are safe and a legal alternative to marijuana, many are illegal and can cause serious illness. "
Other symptoms of using synthetic marijuana include kidney failure, heart attack and death by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can also cause a person to manifest violent behavior, agitation, confusion and other forms of stress.
"Synthetic cannabinoid products can be toxic, and as a result, people who smoke these products may experience rapid heart rate, vomiting, restlessness, confusion, and hallucinations, some of whom may need help from emergency services or emergency or intensive care units," CDC said ,
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