Synthetic Marijuana, 'K2,' 'Spice,' Causing Bleeding From Eyes And Ears, Officials Say

Doctors Don't Know Why This Synthetic Pot Is Making People's Eyes Bleed

The update comes forward when six people face severe bleeding after using the synthetic cannabinoids. Tazewell County also reported 10 cases, while Peoria County logged six.

Experts have long considered the synthetic drug to be unsafe, however, these particular side effects weren't discovered until recently, said Dr. Melissa Millewich, an emergency room physician at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, a general medical and surgical facility in Downers Grove.

All 38 people went to hospitals after experiencing some form of severe bleeding, according to the health department.

Arnold said manufacturers could be tweaking the recipe for these products to get around a statewide ban and allow them to be sold legally.

Shah says they're unsafe because it's hard to know what chemicals they contain or what an individual's reaction will be.

Some of these symptoms include coughing up blood, blood in urine, bloody noses, bleeding gums and heavier than usual menstrual flow. Many of these products are packaged in ways that appeal to youth.

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Synthetic marijuana is made by spraying chemicals on dried plant material, the health department said. The process is often inconsistent and leads to variations in product strength and effects.

"Despite the perception that synthetic cannabinoids are safe and a legal alternative to marijuana, many are illegal and can cause severe illness", said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.

Contaminated products could be circulating in other IL counties, public health officials warned.

This photo provided Friday, Aug. 7, 2015 by New York Police Department shows packets of synthetic marijuana seized after a search warrant was served at a newsstand in Brooklyn, N.Y.

IL health officials are advising anyone experiencing unexplained bleeding after using synthetic pot to go to the nearest emergency room.

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found there's also an association between teens who use synthetic pot and a heightened risk for violent behavior, risky sex and abuse of other drugs. The products are also sometimes referred to as herbal or liquid incense.

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