Emergency rooms in IL are noticing a spike in synthetic pot users suffering from "severe bleeding", and state health officials are warning the public to remain vigilant.
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. There were 10 cases reported in Chicago and four others in Cook County, according to the department of health. However, health officials say the opposite is true since many products contain unidentified and potentially toxic chemicals.
"Despite the perception that synthetic cannabinoids are safe and a legal alternative to marijuana, many are illegal and can cause severe illness". However, health officials are largely oblivious to the exact makeup of synthetic marijuana products, so they remain uncertain as to what's causing severe bleeding among the reported cases.
Synthetic pot is made up of hundreds of different chemicals - and their effect on the human body is unpredictable.
Anyone who experiences a severe reaction should call 911 immediately.
Synthetic cannabis has claimed a life in IL. It is still a hard task to know about the actual effective thing and what one should know about it as well. Some patients experienced additional health issues, like blood in urine, bloody noses, bleeding gums, and coughing up blood.
Melaney Arnold, a spokesperson for the IDPH, told the Chicago Tribune this new symptom could be a result of a change in chemical formula, but it is hard to tell without knowing the exact makeup of the products.
It is also updated that the people are rushing towards the emergency rooms in the hospital to get the treatment for this severe bleeding.
To date, IDPH has received 38 reports of people in the Chicago area and central IL who have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids.
IDPH did not identify the person or specify where in the state the person lived. "If you have purchased this product, do not use it".