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Synthetic Marijuana Suspected in 3 Deaths, 75 Hospitalizations in Colorado


Synthetic marijuana may be to blame in three deaths and 75 hospitalizations in Colorado, CNN reports. The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating whether the drugs caused the illnesses, which sent people to hospitals in Denver and Colorado Springs beginning in late August.

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.

Investigators hope to determine whether all the patients became ill after taking the same product or different products. Dr. Tista Ghosh, interim chief medical officer for the state, said in a statement, “Don’t wait for the results of this investigation. If you have synthetic marijuana, stop using it and destroy it.”

Short-term effects of using synthetic marijuana 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.

The onset of the drug is three to five minutes, and the duration of the high is one to eight hours. In addition to physical signs of use, users may experience severe paranoia, delusions, hallucinations and increased agitation. Its long-term effects are unknown.

8 Responses to this article

  1. Dave / August 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Let’s organize a boycott of the sellers of spice. The government will not act, so the people should. I am going to call my representative (who is up for election) and find out why this stuff is still legal.

  2. Let's be fair / August 16, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Stop calling this stuff synthetic weed please. It has nothing in common with real weed. These new synthetics are about 1000 times as potent as real weed

  3. christina / August 14, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    My ole man smoked some nola diamond hypnotic one night and went into a episode of panic attacks and ringing of the ears real bad.that was in 2008 and he still has panic attacks every now and then.

  4. Xmanor / August 10, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Drinking too much alcohol causes murder, death and destroyed lives. Might as well outlaw that too then? Same goes for casino’s.

    It’s so funny how people complain about the government parenting everyone, yet they want the government to parent them when it comes to marijuana. Little stupid aint it?

  5. warey "researcher" / August 5, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Do not try these synthetics, they can be lethal and they seem so very innocent. The amount you need to use isn’t always like real weed, with some of the latest synthetic cannabinoids what you would use of normal cannabis in a joint would put a horse on its ass, yet the vendors do not advise of this so they can stay legal and take your cash. Who knows what could happen, serious business guys-my advice is don’t do it x

  6. jess / July 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

    GUYS, I’ve smoked it before, AND IT IS VERY DANGEROUS! It made me forget who I was for 25 minutes! The only reason I remembered of my life at all is because my cats were around, so I kind of started getting the idea of who my stepfather was, then my mother, then my grandparents from a different country. I FELT LIKE I WAS IN SOMEBODY’s BODY and it was a completely different soul!!! It was horrible. Please be careful not to smoke it. It is NOT PROPAGANDA. Real pot DOES NOT do this to you! Real pot is actually used in positive methods for cancer treatment & other diseases. This high of K2, Spice or w.e it is called is close to acid! It was horrible!!! :( I thought I was going to end up in a psych ward. Be careful! Especially of the blue bag with the Hazard Sign.

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    Kathy / January 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    As a Certified Drug & Alcohol Instructor to much of anything is not good for you. The problem is most people do not no when to stop smoking Marijuana. Therefore, the question is it recreation or addict?

    • Kevin / August 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      You say you are a Certified Drug & Alcohol Instructor, yet you used no, instead of know.
      I wouldn’t trust you as far as I could throw you with your piss poor spelling and grammar skills!

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