Of all the idiotic and horrible things to come to pass over the past couple decades, synthetic weed is one of the worst. People are buying and smoking a substance that is nothing more than dried plant material sprayed with random chemicals meant to make the user feel stoned.
The chemicals these companies use to make synthetic weed can literally contain anything because there is no oversight. In the past week, three people in Illinois bled to death because they smoked synthetic pot laced with rat poison, according to CBS News.
People would be better off shooting heroin with a dirty needle in the toilet from Trainspotting than they are taking a single puff of synthetic pot.
According to officials in Chicago, a 22-year-old man just died of internal bleeding on March 28. While the official cause of death is not yet known, the autopsy found traces brodifacoum. Brodifacoum is an incredibly deadly anticoagulant used in rat poison, and now in synthetic weed as well. It causes severe bleeding which, in some cases, can be fatal.
Since March 7 in the Chicago area, according to the Illinois Department of Health, 107 people have sought treatment for severe bleeding linked to synthetic pot.
Dr. Jenny Lu, a toxicologist and emergency medicine physician at Stroger Hospital, told CBS Chicago:
“This poisoning is unique in that its effects can last weeks to months. Symptoms may range from unexplained bruising, bleeding from the nose or gums, blood in the urine or stools, coughing up or vomiting blood, to bleeding in the brain. Even without symptoms, the blood’s ability to clot is severely impaired and risk of bleeding is high.”
SEEK TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY
The bleeding that can occur after ingesting this poison is absolutely life-threatening, so if you or someone you know has used this substance recently, seek medical attention right away.
Every human has cannabinoid receptors that reside in their brains. Synthetic weed, spice, K2, or merely fake weed, consists of chemicals that are designed to connect with those cannabinoid receptors.
Whereas actual cannabis connects with those receptors and causes a wealth of incredible things to happen including pain reduction. When the chemicals on synthetic weed have that same interaction with those receptors, they do untold damages.
Seriously, even if people don’t die from bleeding to death, they are still paying a very steep price just to feel high. Users of synthetic pot have suffered everything from permanent psychosis to heart attacks as a response to smoking this garbage.
In Chicago, Doctor’s describe what sounds like a nightmare. Dr. Jennifer Layden, the chief medical officer of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said:
“With this particular cluster, what we are seeing is people are coming in with various types of bleeding. Whether it’s nose bleeds, bleeding from their gums, bleeding in their urine. Very severe bleeding that’s prompting them to go to the emergency room.”
You are probably asking yourself how and why this can be happening. Insofar as why people are using it, there are several reasons.
Some people use it because they need to be able to pass a urinalysis at work. In other cases, people use “spice” because it’s much easier to get than actual cannabis. And, sadly, until prohibition ends, this will continue to be the case.
Indeed, in many states, one can simply walk down to the corner store and purchase a packet of this horrible stuff, which brings us to the “how?”
People get away with selling the stuff because it is marked “not for consumption.” See, Johnny knows he will go home and smoke it, and the guy selling it knows that, as well, but as long as those words are there, companies can spray whatever the hell they want on the stuff and sell it for a profit.
STOP USING SYNTHETIC POT
Again, this garbage is not the be trifled with. If you use it, seek medical attention for any excess bleeding right away. Even if you don’t use it, talk to your kids. Don’t assume they are too smart to try this crap.
It isn’t like back in the day when using a drug just might result in an overdose, people are bleeding to death.
The conversation with your kids needs to happen right away if you want to save them from untold horrors, this stuff is easier to get than actual cannabis.
Most of all, let’s stop pretending like this is any sort of alternative to what is a wonderful and natural way millions of Americans are treating severe illnesses like cancer, chronic pain, Crohn’s disease, and Fibromyalgia.
Cannabis heals, synthetic cannabis destroys lives.
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