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Synthetic marijuana or spice has been linked with brain damage, psychosis, and kidney failure Robin Smith of Forest Hill, Maryland, has one of the saddest stories. At 15, her son Kyle experienced a sudden psychotic break after using synthetic marijuana.
Two years later, Kyle, now 18, has been institutionalized 17 times for psychiatric care and has made 3 suicide attempts. Most recently, he underwent electroshock therapy at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, where he's currently in outpatient treatment.
Smith has a petition on Change. Sold in neon-hued packets with names like "Mr. Happy," "Phantom Wicked Dreams," "Scooby Snacks" and "Lava," synthetic marijuana has become increasingly possible with preteens, teens and twenty-somethings, who think it's safer than pot and even legal because you can buy it at gas stations, convenience stores, and head shops.
And absurdly easily online. This is actually the second time a tragic story involving a teen and permanent damage from spice has made headlines. In February, year-old Emily Bauer of Cyprus, Texas, suffered a series of strokes and was put into an induced coma after ingesting Spice at a party.
Typical packaging for synthetic marijuana photo: from retailer. Even after months of treatment, Emily Bauer is still blind, partially paralyzed, and suffers from severe cognitive impairment. Also in February, the CDC issued an alert describing 16 cases of kidney damage from synthetic marijuana. The first warning came from Wyoming, where three patients were hospitalized with sever kidney damage; others came from Oregon, New York, Rhode Island, Oklahoma and Kansas.
The kidney damage from many of these cases was very severe, five to the point of requiring dialysis. The vast majority of those admitted were between the ages of 12 and Soon after the report came out, Anderson Cooper invited Dr. Ian Smith to discuss the dangers of synthetic marijuana for teens and young people on his show Anderson Live. And back inbefore synthetic marijuana had received much media attention, Forbes reporter David Kroll reported on an article in Pediatrics detailing the cases of three teenage boys in Texas who had Effects of spice on the brain attacks after smoking spice.
Spice hasn't been associated with the extreme violence associated with the other news-making synthetic drug, Bath Saltsbut by causing hallucinations and paranoia it can lead to dangerous behavior. These chemicals were originally developed for a whose host of other purposes; JWH, for example, is used in fertilizers; JWH is an analgesic, or painkiller, and UR and XLR, new additions to Spice found in four of the kidney damage cases, are cyclopropylindoles, which are used in cancer treatment.
And some of these chemicals have the potential to cause long-term and even permanent health consequences. While some of the side effects reported from Spice are fairly mild, and similar to those from real marijuana, others are severe:.
Federal and state law enforcement agencies are trying to make spice illegal by banning the chemicals used to make it. As is clear from the stories above, the story on teens and spice is still in the first chapters. I would like to hear from others with information about side effects from spice use; please add your comments below.
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'Spice' Or Synthetic Marijuana Linked To Psychosis, Brain, and Kidney Damage