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CDC Report: Synthetic Marijuana Use Led to Serious Kidney Damage in 16 People

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified 16 cases of acute kidney injury associated with synthetic marijuana use in 6 states last year.

According to the Feb. 15 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the cases reported came from the following states: Wyoming (4), Oregon (6), New York (2), Oklahoma (2), Rhode Island (1), and Kansas (1).

All 16 people, aged 15–33, visited emergency departments and subsequently were hospitalized. Most of them experienced nausea, vomiting, and abdominal or back pain. None of the patients reported preexisting renal dysfunction or use of medication that might have caused renal problems, but their toxicology reports indicated they had all used synthetic cannabinoid products.

Although none of the patients died, five patients required hemodialysis, a treatment to remove waste products from the blood, and four patients received corticosteroids.

The CDC report followed a recent University of Alabama at Birmingham study which reported four cases that directly linked acute kidney injury with synthetic marijuana use. UAB researchers suggested that physicians inquire about the use of synthetic marijuana when evaluating patients with acute kidney injury, especially in young adults with negative urine drug screens.

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  1. Anonymous

    I smoke this when I can get it. Have not had kidney failure, yet. This is hype journalism at best, legalize natural drugs federally and let the states decide. Health issue: Resolved. These companies will go out of business and users will instead have a safe, natural, organic session. That's what we want right?

  2. Anonymous

    I smoke this when I can get it. Have not had kidney failure, yet. This is hype journalism at best, legalize natural drugs federally and let the states decide. Health issue: Resolved. These companies will go out of business and users will instead have a safe, natural, organic session. That's what we want right?

  3. Robert Angel

    You have been lucky then. When it first came out the chemicals they used were not so bad. The stuff now it's just horrible. Just wait until you try to quit. Withdraws have become almost heroine like.

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