Synthetic pot linked to kidney failure

By Deana DeLisio,

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked synthetic marijuana to sixteen cases of unexplained kidney failure.

On Thursday, a new study reported that a specific chemical was found in the marijuana that is responsible for serious side effects, reports KGW.com.

“The chemical is linked directly to kidney failure,” said Dr. Robert Hendrickson of The Oregon Poison Center at OHSU.

Synthetic marijuana, also known as K2 or Spice, is made by spraying hundreds of chemicals onto dried herbs.

“We knew that spice was dangerous. It’s not a safe alternative to marijuana,” said report author Dr. Schwartz of the National Center for the Environmental Health’s Office of Environmental Health Emergencies, reported in ABCNews. “As newer compounds come out in spice products, there is the risk of unpredicatable toxicities.”

Regarding the sixteen cases of kidney failure- the patients, all but one being male, ranged from the ages of 15 to 33, and all had healthy kidneys before any complications.

All patients were hospitalized, and five needed kidney dialysis treatments.

Doctors urge people to stay away from these “dangerous” products.

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