Synthetic Marijuana Sent 11,000 People to Emergency Rooms in 2010

More than 11,000 people ended up in emergency rooms after using synthetic marijuana in 2010, according to a new government report. Most were teenagers and young adults, USA Today reports.

Synthetic marijuana, commonly known as K2 or Spice, is a mixture of herbs, spices or shredded plant material that is typically sprayed with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. K2 is typically sold in small, silvery plastic bags of dried leaves and marketed as incense that can be smoked. It is said to resemble potpourri.

Short term effects include loss of control, lack of pain response, increased agitation, pale skin, seizures, vomiting, profuse sweating, uncontrolled spastic body movements, elevated blood pressure, heart rate and palpitations. In addition to physical signs of use, users may experience severe paranoia, delusions, hallucinations and increased agitation.

The new report, from the federal government’s Drug Abuse Warning Network, is the first to analyze the impact of synthetic marijuana, the newspaper notes. The report found 12-to-17-year-olds accounted for one-third of the emergency room visits, while young adults ages 18 to 24 accounted for an additional 35 percent.

Among patients ages 12 to 29, the report found 59 percent of those who paid visits to the emergency room for synthetic marijuana use had no evidence of other substances.

In 2010, marijuana sent 461,028 people to the emergency room.

In July, President Obama signed legislation that bans synthetic drugs. The law bans harmful chemicals in synthetic drugs such as those used to make synthetic marijuana and bath salts.

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    serita w

    February 15, 2016 at 1:54 AM

    i’ma stay for a lot of people that don’t understand why it’s not good to smoke the k2 product I’m going to tell you my experience as a person I’m 26 years of age I smoke 4 years when it first came whenwhen it first came out k2 was the s*** I thought that it was the ship because I could have something real s*** like I really wanted to it cost too much it was hard to find it a lot so I turn to k2 when I gave up k2 was about 4 months ago when I got sick I think someone at least I think someone hit like that but more more the last two to the moral of the story is if you out there smoking and give it up is killing us will but African American people you know whatever color you maybe it’s not it’s not about what you can do about what is about how you can do it to get rid of it we gotta stop being so ignorant to each other and help each other get rid of the problems in society like for example getting rid of the stores that is getting rid of the stores that sell it to the children we talking about how is killing our kids coming out young folks let’s go at the people that I love it that’s the last of the people that’s making it and then that’s make a living let us make a better with life that way for everyone if you like in this and hit me up in my Inbox but it’s the truth k2 is not what if is it suppose to San Incense it’s me that make your house smell good not to smoke

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    September 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Im 16 years old and I bought one gram of second gen k2 after the first few times smoking it i realized I was smoking it almost everyday, This went on for about a month. I grew a large tolerance and couldn’t sleep without using it. a few nights ago woke up sweating panicking and shaking I felt like my stomach was on fire I was almost certain I was going to die. Luckily god gave me another chance I woke up the next morning feeling the worst I’ve ever felt cravings went on for days after. Please do not use this It is horrible for you I’m not sure what complication might arise in the future with my health. DONT MAKE THE MISTAKES I DID STAY AWAY.

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    carol holt

    December 9, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    To anyone smoking the fake pot {poison } 1 month ago i found my adult son sick throwing up , could not stop , could not keep anything down , finally he tells me he has been this way for 3 days , he said he was on fire inside, he had to get in a tube of ice water, that lasted about 15 minutes then it started again , he could not urinate at all , so his arteries were already shutting down , i got him to the hospital where he stayed for 5 days ,, it was the fake pot , and the doctor said my son was lucky to be alive !! PLEASE STOP , PLEASE !!! And to the ones selling it SHAME SHAME ON YOU !!!!

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