Synthetic marijuana may cause strokes

Doctors are sounding the alarm following the case of a prisoner with stroke after consuming synthetic cannabis. This is not the first time that the link between these substances and the increased risk of stroke has been proven.

K2, Spice, Fire Yucatan, Sence, Chill X… Whatever its name, synthetic cannabis remains a harmful substance. It consists of a mixture of dried plants on which a solution of synthetic cannabinoids has been sprayed. It does not contain THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, but molecules that reproduce the effects of majijuana. Doctors warn of the dangers of these substances in the British Medical Journal. They could increase the risk of stroke.

The American doctors nonetheless remain reserved when faced with the case of the 25-year-old prisoner. He had no history of heart disease in his family, had quit smoking for two years, and was not concerned with any cardiac risk factors. However, this young man has been affected by a stroke and is still suffering from a permanent disability. This is not the first time he has used these substances. He had already been the victim of confusion related to this consumption in the previous six months. The researchers acknowledge that they can not be 100% certain that only synthetic cannabis is responsible for this stroke. But in the last few months, several studies have proved the existence of link between this synthetic cannabis and the increased risk of stroke.

Several side effects of synthetic cannabis are recognized: anxiety, psychotic episodes, modified cardiac rhythm, chest pain, low blood pressure, malaise or inflammation of the arteries and veins of the hands and feet. Other studies have recognized the dangers of these substances for brain health.

According to Drug Info Service, synthetic cannabinoids are even more dangerous than cannabis: they can be 2 to 100 times more potent than THC.

Carl Frantz

Polyglot, humanitarian, Carl was born in Germany but raised in the USA. He writes mostly on tech, science and culture.