Five need dialysis after smoking synthetic pot

MIKE STOBBE
Last updated 07:44 15/02/2013

Relevant offers

World

'Please stop killing us': Girl, 7, shares heartbreaking reports on the war in Aleppo What might Donald Trump be hiding in those tax returns he won't disclose? More polar bears getting shot as Norway's Arctic draws visitors Three Chinese fishermen dead after clash with SKorea coast guard Why the second US presidential debate will be disastrous for Donald Trump Europe's space probe Rosetta ends 12-year mission with comet crash Little panda steals the show as cubs go on display in Chengdu, China Rodrigo Duterte likens himself to Hitler, says he'd be 'happy to slaughter' 3 million addicts Woman killed in US train crash had recently moved to New Jersey from Brazil People stranded after rollercoaster malfunctions in Gold Coast, Australia

US health officials say synthetic marijuana has been linked to kidney damage in some teens and young adults.

Sixteen people who smoked synthetic marijuana were hospitalised with kidney problems last year in six states. All recovered, but five of them needed dialysis.

Synthetic marijuana is plant material sprayed with chemicals that can mimic the high from marijuana. It's been tied to such health problems as a rapid heartbeat and seizures. This is the first report of kidney problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's not known exactly what caused the kidney damage. Federal and state laws ban some of the chemicals used for synthetic marijuana.

A CDC report on Thursday (local time) details the 16 cases in Oregon, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, New York and Rhode Island.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content