Synthetic Marijuana Linked to Kidney Problems

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According to the Wyoming Department of Health, they have found a link between usage of synthetic marijuana use and acute kidney injury in the Natrona County Hospital. Into Action Treatment has seen an increasing number of their patients coming into the rehab due to synthetic marijuana use.

In 3 unrelated cases of acute kidney injury (AKI), the Wyoming Department of Health was notified by Natrona county health officials that all of them had abused synthetic marijuana or cannabinoids as it is known clinically.

Synthetic cannabinoids are a type of popular designer drugs that are applied to the dried plant, creating a dangerously toxic drug. Into Action Treatment, a drug and alcohol rehab center in South Florida, has seen an alarming increase in the number of patients coming in addicted to this drug. “Marijuana on its own can create problems for drug addicts, but when you create this super drug with dangerous synthetic chemicals, it makes the drug that much more powerful and toxic.”

The effects of designer drug use are unknown, because there is not enough data. The drugs are a recent phenomenon of the last 5 years, however according to Rossin and Into Action Treatment center and the findings of the Wyoming Department of Health, the effects of synthetic marijuana may be more catastrophic than anyone thought.

Wyoming Department of Health found that the symptoms of acute kidney injury came on within a couple of days or hours of smoking synthetic marijuana. The subjects were all young males and were reported as previously healthy. Although three reported cases of acute kidney personal injury are far from an open and shut case on the effects of synthetic cannabinoid use, it is an alarming find by the Natrona county public health officials in Wyoming.

On a bright note, the damage from drug use is reversible and Into Action Treatment and their staff have seen many of their clients complete a full recovery from synthetic drug use. “It does take time and a structured environment, but drug addiction is not a lifelong curse. Most of our clients stay well beyond the 28 day standard treatment stay in the treatment center industry. Our minimum stay is 45 days while our average stay is closer to 90 days.”

Acute kidney injury and synthetic drug use may very well be related, but it is too early to tell what correlation if any exists. The new synthetic drugs are dangerous, but the best way to protect one’s self is complete abstinence or detox and recovery if one is already addicted.

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