Synthetic marijuana: Worse for kids than the real thing?

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As you may have heard, 21-and-over adults can legally use and possess small amounts of marijuana in Colorado. But plenty of folks, including ones of age, continue to use incense typically marked "not for human consumption" as synthetic marijuana, with as many as 150 illnesses linked to the substance, popularly known as Spice.

Look below to get info from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and see graphics depicting some of the brands cited in a CDPHE warning.

As of last week, according to a CDPHE release on view below in its entirety, around 150 emergency room patient visits have been documented, with just over a third of the cases -- 58 -- generating detailed analysis. Surprisingly, only 19 percent of them pertain to individuals between thirteen and nineteen years old, while 44 percent of such alleged users fall into the 20-29 demographic.

However, smoking the stuff seems to be a dude thing: 81 percent of the patients cited by the CDPHE were male. Their symptoms during their hospital trips are said to have included "disorientation, delirium, confusion, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and seizures." Some were violent; others were comatose.

Among the brands mentioned by the department are Black Mamba....

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...Crazy Clown....

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...Dead Man Walking....

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...plus the simian triumvirate of Sex Monkey....

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...Funky Monkey....

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...and Crazy Monkey:

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No, doctors don't suggest that users would be better off smoking good old-fashioned marijuana instead of Spice. But a May study about the accidental ingestion of marijuana edibles focused on the danger to children, not adults -- whereas Spice is portrayed as being problematic for just about everyone.

Here's the aforementioned release.

Several synthetic marijuana products identified as possible source of illness

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's initial investigation of an outbreak of illnesses tied to use of synthetic marijuana has identified nearly a dozen product names as possible sources of the synthetic marijuana that sent dozens to hospitals beginning in August.

Dr. Tista Ghosh, interim chief medical officer for the state, said, "While these products were identified in the investigation, synthetic marijuana products can be repackaged and sold under many names. The safe thing for people to do is not use any synthetic marijuana. No brand is safe."

Product names identified in the investigation are: Black Mamba, Crazy Monkey, Crazy Clown, Dead Man Walking, Funky Monkey, Sexy Monkey, SinX, Spice, TenX, Twilight and 3X.

Patients being interviewed as part of this outbreak include those who were suffering one or more symptoms such as disorientation, delirium, confusion, anxiety, lethargy, agitation, paranoia, hallucinations and seizures, as well as some patients who were violent, unresponsive or even comatose.

As of Sept. 10, approximately 150 emergency department patient encounters potentially associated with synthetic marijuana use have been reported. As part of the initial investigation, 58 detailed patient chart reviews have been completed for patients from five different hospitals. Among patients in the initial chart review, the age range is 13-55 years old. Forty-four percent of reported patients are 20-29 years old and another 19 percent are 13-19 years old. Approximately 81 percent of the patients are male.

Dr. Ghosh said, "With one patient as young as 13 years old, I would urge parents and teachers to please talk to teenagers about drugs like these. The education community, including middle and high schools, universities, and technical colleges should spread the word to their students, given the affected age groups we are seeing. Let them know that synthetic marijuana is not safe and can seriously hurt them."

The department is continues to receive reports of new cases daily, and the investigation is far from complete. At this point, all reported patient encounters are from the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs.

As the investigation proceeds, the department will work to identify the specific chemical make-up of the products that have caused adverse health reactions. Necessary laboratory testing will take weeks.

No additional information is available about the three deaths being investigated as part of this outbreak.

More from our Marijuana archive circa May: "Marijuana edibles study: More toddlers are accidentally eating them, getting sick."

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PureChi
PureChi

This stuff is poison!  Too many people have died from the effects of this garbage.  And, contrary to popular belief, there are tests to detect it, so no more 'flying under the radar'.  Just look up K2-D2 urine test which tests for 16 different compounds of the poison.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Now, why does this happen? It's called the Drug Free Workplace Act. The Federal government has muscled many, many employers into screening for THC. This stuff is pushed as a substitute. Stop fucking with the real thing, and things will be cool.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"No, doctors don't suggest that users would be better off smoking good old-fashioned marijuana instead of Spice."

There's your problem.

Two tips: Stop calling it "synthetic Marijuana." It's neither. Learn from your "Reefer Madness" foolishness and stop overstating everything drug-related.

Luke Bochmann
Luke Bochmann

just stop it westword!!! you are better than articles like this ....you all smoke pot so you know the answer ......loosing credit fast in my book

Tony Soto
Tony Soto

There is nothing wrong with the real thing. Please don't gives kids synthetic stuff so the pharmaceutical companies can bank on it!

Peter Navarro
Peter Navarro

that shite is wack and so are its users. smoke the real thing and enjoy life.

Joe Felice
Joe Felice

Isn't it ironic--they're both legal.

Rob Salyers
Rob Salyers

My friends were like, "Hey man, everyone on Arrakis does it. Jimmy's dad is a Guild Navigator, and he does it all the time. The spice must flow, dude."

stuka1
stuka1

Michael, why do you buy into this nonsense of associating this with cannabis?  It's NOT cannabis, it doesn't have anything to do with cannabis, and calling it "synthetic marijuana" just plays into the hands of prohibitionist moons like the Turdstones by associating it in ignorant people's minds with the cannabis it isn't.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

What happened to the good old days when kids would just huff glue and canned air?

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

" But many may be surprised to learn that some of the most commonly used formulas for "synthetic marijuana" were created by an American professor conducting research for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (drugabuse dot gov). 


Former Clemson University chemistry professor Dr. John W. Huffman is the namesake of JWH-018, JWH-073 and JWH-200, three of the synthetic cannabinoids banned by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 2011.


"The National Institute of Drug Abuse wanted to research marijuana," said Dr. Victor Tuckler, the emergency room toxicologist at Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans. "They were looking at different receptors of the brain to see if they could come up with a way that people wouldn't get addicted to this stuff."


"Who knows how this got out," Tuckler said. "Pretty soon, it's on the Internet and people are making it over in China."


http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/07/clemson_university_professor_c.html


Mary Palms
Mary Palms

I did once. Felt like my brain got heavy in the back. Tasted like shit. Not worth it at all. Smoke the real thing, douches....

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Why are you ending that with a question mark?? How many people have died from these chemicals? And from cannabis?

KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

This seems like a great time to rid ourselves of the racist word the feds created "marijuana" when we talk about CANNABIS.  Lets let the feds have their racist "Marijuana" word back for their deadly poison. 

REAL CANNABIS ONLY,  FOREVER!

Cannabis--REAL pot, given to us by whatever created the earth.  Safest therapeutic substance known to man with no known lethal dose.

Marijuana--FAKE pot, "synthetic", created by the FEDS (NIDA).  Poison. "Russian Roulette".  Death. 


KathleenChippi
KathleenChippi topcommenter

Do you even have to ask WW?  Zero deaths in 2000 years recorded history.

Somebody tell the CDPHE--they shouldn't have to go to far to find out the source.   OUR GOVERNMENT IN NAME OF NIDA.

JHC-They had to fulfill their 70 PLUS YEARS of reefer madness propaganda that cannabis is dangerous and can cause crazy, zombie behavior...., flesh eating people or DEATH!!!  don don da. 

National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) gave multi millions via a grant to chemist John Huffman so he could make pot SAFER!  

Yes, that's right.  While Colorado had legal cannabis for medicine, the feds were concocting death and calling it "synthetic marijuana" instead of studying cannabis's affects on PTSD or cancer or anything useful.   

Dr. Huffman created over 450 "synthetic cannabinoids".  Different combinations of them are sprayed on plant material, hence the different names--but all forms of "synthetic marijuana" according to our government.

Huffman felt much like J. Robert Oppenheimer  “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” I think he realized what he made.  Huffman called use of any of his compounds "Russian Roulette".  Yet somehow they found their way across the country.  

State by state, combination by combination-problem after problem and DEA and law enforcement get more work and call it marijuana--and no body seems to realize that when each state passes a ban on 1-5 compounds, which is what has been happening--they really need to ban ALL 450 plus created.  

But we all know prohibition doesn't stop the spread of anything.  This was intentional.  An intentional scourge on our society and our youth by our government. 

Huffman has since retired as a college professor and will spend his retirement trying to legalize REAL CANNABIS.  He now realizes nothing is SAFER.  He regrets creating anything.

So, WW, send the CDPHE to the FEDS for their "source"--the BIGGEST DRUG DEALERS of all time.  And tell your family, friends and youth --The feds are trying to kill cannabis and the collateral damage (we the people who use it) along with it.  

REAL CANNABIS ONLY!  Everyone should know what REAL cannabis looks like and smells like.  Everything else could be DEATH, curtsey of the FEDS. 

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/07/clemson_university_professor_c.html

stuka1
stuka1

Likely the stupidest headline ever posted. 

HarvestMyBalls
HarvestMyBalls

This synthetic crap is 100% worse for kids than the real thing. 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Peter Navarro We're going to make your take an upcoming Comment of the Day, Peter. Thanks for reading. 

stuka1
stuka1

@Joe Felice Spice isn't legal, what cave are you living in?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Mary Palms Thanks for sharing your experience, Mary, and for posting.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@KathleenChippi Just goes to show you, everything the government touches goes to shit. If you want to really screw something up, invite the government to improve on it.

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