kidney failure

Wyoming kidney failure outbreak linked to designer 'blueberry spice' drug, aka 'legal marijuana'

Thursday, March 08, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: spice, recreational drugs, kidney failure

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Delicious
(NaturalNews) The U.S. government's needless prohibition of all-natural marijuana has driven some users to seek out legal alternatives like "Spice" or "K2," two synthetic, chemical-laden varieties of "legal marijuana" that contain chemical copycats of the active ingredient in real marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But these imitators are highly toxic, as was made apparent in a recent illness outbreak in Wyoming where more than a dozen young people required hospitalization for organ damage and other problems.

Reuters reports that at least three users of blueberry-flavored Spice suffered kidney failure and had to be hospitalized recently, and that at least 12 others had to be hospitalized for other health complications that included severe back pain and vomiting. And those with kidney failure are reportedly still in very poor health, which has led health officials to warn the public that the consequences of smoking Spice and other fake marijuana substances are potentially life-threatening.

"At this point, we are viewing use of this drug as a potentially life-threatening situation," said Tracy Murphey, Wyoming's state epidemiologist, in a recent statement.

Adding to this, Bob Herrington, director of the Casper-Natrona County Health Department told reporters that local law enforcement and health officials are very concerned for public safety because "the three people with kidney failure are in pretty serious shape; they're very sick."

In a study published last December in the journal Pediatrics, researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas explained some of the many dangers associated with smoking synthetic cannabinoids. Besides kidney failure, these researchers highlighted the cases of three 16-year-old boys that reportedly suffered heart attacks after smoking K2 (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com).

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has attempted to curb the use of synthetic cannabinoid drugs by implementing a one-year "emergency" ban on five specific varieties. But with many hundreds of varieties available on the market, such efforts have had little positive effect. And interestingly enough, the synthetic THC chemical used in many of these products, JWH-018, was originally created in a lab for pharmaceutical interests seeking to patent their own version of THC (http://www.naturalnews.com/030156_marijuana_prohibition_spice.html).

So the situation here is really one of a federal bias against pure, natural marijuana that has led users, mostly in the younger age categories, to seek out synthetic alternatives that could kill them. Not to be mistaken as an endorsement for the underage use of marijuana, this fact is merely meant to highlight how the government's "War on Drugs" has eliminated access to a natural, safe product, and consequently created a black market for a synthetic, deadly product.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.reuters.com

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.