Officials warn of fatal case of synthetic marijuana use

"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. It is also updated that the products of synthetic cannabinoid are unsafe. Each of those cases has required hospital visits with symptoms like coughing up blood, blood in urine, severe bloody nose, and/or bleeding gums. While such products have always been considered hazardous, severe bleeding is not a known side effect, tells Melissa Millewich of the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is blaming synthetic cannabinoids for a string of severe bleeding cases that have resulted in one death so far. They are also sold on the street, she said, and those experiencing the bleeding said they obtained the products in convenience stores and from dealers and friends.

Because the substance contains a variety of chemicals, users often do not know the mixture contains rat poison, according to the department of health's news release.

"People don't realize how risky this is", she said. These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they act on the same brain cell receptors as the main active ingredient in marijuana.

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This photo provided Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 by New York Police Department shows packets of synthetic marijuana seized after a search warrant was served at a newsstand in Brooklyn, N.Y. It is still a hard task to know about the actual effective thing and what one should know about it as well. "The vast majority have reported acquiring the product in the Chicagoland area", told the chief medical officer of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Jennifer Layden, to CBS Chicago.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found there's also an association between teens who use synthetic pot and a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs.

Anyone with a reaction to synthetic cannabinoids should call 911, IDPH said.

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