Synthetic Marijuana (spice, K2) Causing Strokes in Young People

Bad Boys ToysSynthetic marijuana has been associated with strokes, heart attacks, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms, psychosis, and hallucinations. This study (you can read it here… ) documents two previously healthy individuals with no underlying heart issues, who had ischemic strokes immediately after smoking synthetic marijuana.

Smoking synthetic marijuana is a dangerous experiment, exposing your brain to unknown toxins with sometimes devastating consequences.  Since K2/ spice (synthetic marijuana) is often not detected on standard toxicology tests, it is now second only to marijuana as the most widely used illicit drug among high school seniors, according to the 2011 National Institute on Drug Use (NIDA) survey.

This study showed JWH-18 (synthetic marijuana) as the cause of the strokes in these two siblings.

I’m not fond of real marijuana for a host of health challenges, not to mention sometimes permanent psychiatric disorders like depersonalization, anxiety and depression that it can trigger.  I’m never in favor of synthetics- be it food, medication, or drugs.


Dr. Paul



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