Urgent warning for synthetic cannabis users

PEORIA — The Peoria City/County Health Department and UnityPoint Health issued an urgent warning Wednesday about synthetic cannabis, which can cause life-threatening bleeding that may start internally and be initially difficult to detect.

The warning cited “multiple cases in the greater Peoria area of people suffering from severe bleeding after smoking a drug containing synthetic cannabinoids,” said Dr. Gary Knepp, vice president and regional chief quality officer for UnityPoint Health, during an afternoon news conference at the Methodist Atrium Building. “This report was followed by an Illinois Poison Control Center report that they had been consulted on 17 suspected cases in Chicago, Joliet and Peoria.”

Synthetic cannabinoids mimic the effect of the cannabis plant. Often called K2 or Spice, the drug is sprayed onto a plant material and smoked. Synthetic cannabinoids are generally more potent and intense than cannabis, said Dr. Kirk Moberg, executive director of UnityPoint Health Illinois Institute of Addiction Recovery.

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Renken, Leslie. “Urgent warning for synthetic cannabis users.” www.pjstar.com. 28 March 2018. Web. 9 April 2018.

Almost all cannabis on Britain’s streets ‘super strength’ and could be driving mental health problems

Nearly all cannabis on Britain’s streets is now super-strength skunk that could be fuelling the rise in mental health problems, scientists have warned.

Researchers at King’s College London tested almost 1,000 police seizures from Kent, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Sussex and the capital in 2016 and found 94 per cent were of a dangerously high potency.

In 2005 just 51 per cent of cannabis sold on the street was sinsemilla, also known as skunk.

Dr Marta Di Forti, Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist at King’s College warned that the powerful drug placed Britain’s 2.1 million cannabis users at risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, delusions and hallucinations.

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Knapton, Sarah. “Almost all cannabis on Britain’s streets ‘super strength’ and could be driving mental health problems.” www.telegraph.co.uk. 28 February 2018. Web. 1 March 2018.

How Does Cannabis Consumption Affect Heart Rate?

There are over 630,000 deaths annually in the United States due to heart disease, which represent nearly a quarter of all deaths. An additional 140,000 deaths result from stroke. Cannabis consumers are used to warnings about the potential damage the drug is doing to their brain, but what about their heart? Could cannabis be affecting our cardiovascular health?

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Kaplan, Josh. “How Does Cannabis Consumption Affect Heart Rate?” www.leafly.com. 23 February 2018. Web. 28 February 2018.