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Teen Had A Stroke After Smoking Synthetic Marijuana

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A teen had a stroke and nearly died after smoking synthetic marijuana, commonly referred to as “spice.” The 16-year-old from Cypress, Texas was near death in December but has made a miraculous recovery from a stroke and other medical issues caused by smoking the synthetic weed.

Synthetic marijuana refers to a variety of herbs or “potpourri” that have been sprayed with chemicals that are meant to simulate the effects of smoking marijuana. Until recently, packages of synthetic marijuana with brand names like K2, Moon Rocks, and Yucatan Fire were readily available.

The chemicals sprayed on the variety of herbs had not previously been classified as Schedule I controlled substances. The synthetic weed could be purchased in gas stations, head shops, and on the internet. As reported by, spice became increasingly popular with teens as it was easily obtained and it could not be detected by drug testing.

Emily Bauer, who purchased the spice at a gas station, had no idea that she would have stroke after smoking the synthetic marijuana. Her symptoms started in the form of migraines.

As reported by CNN, there are a wide variety of side effects produced by the synthetic weed. Dr. Melinda Campopiano of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administrations describes some of the more serious side effects:

“People can become very agitated or can be come unresponsive — conscious but not reacting normal to situations. Generally, strokes are caused by restricted circulation, or a blood clot that blocks circulation. What we would be looking at with Spice, or K2, is the restrictive circulation model.”

As Emily’s symptoms grew worse, including hallucinations and violent behavior, her parents took her to the hospital. Hospital staff eventually had to resort to putting her in an induced coma. Once sedated, the doctors were able to run several tests and determined that Emily has suffered several strokes.

By December 16, Emily’s condition grew even worse. Doctors removed all of Emily’s breathing tubes, nourishment, and medication other than morphine. Her parents expected the worst.

Fortunately, Emily surprised everyone by waking up and speaking the next morning. Emily has since been transferred to a rehabilitation facility where she can work on occupational. physical, and speech therapy.

As of July 10 last year, the chemicals found in synthetic marijuana have been classified as Schedule I under the controlled Substances Act. The legislation was presented as an attempt to prevent teens from having a stroke, or worse, after smoking the synthetic drugs.

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9 Responses to “Teen Had A Stroke After Smoking Synthetic Marijuana”

  1. Joseph Tolman

    Nice work prohibitionists, another person's life wrecked because you choose to spread lies. Cops and prohibitionists must want this to keep happening!

    Does it make sense to ANYONE that substance A (alcohol) which is addictive, poisonous, causes belligerent intoxication, violence, and death, is available in every corner store while the mere possession of substance B (marijuana) which isn't addictive, is non-toxic, causes euphoric relaxation and is a very effective medicine, can ruin your life?

    Please stop wasting our tax dollars on this garbage. Marijuana is harmless. Why do the police insist on putting all of us in danger? Prohibition puts all of us in danger because the false value of black market marijuana dealings attracts street gangs, cartels, and violence, over a plant you can grow along with your carrots and tomatoes. The police lobby for prohibition because then they get federal tax dollars and all they have to do is arrest harmless American citizens. Violent cartels and gangs want prohibition because they get the entire market to themselves, hundreds of billions annually, and the police make sure you are getting your harmless plants from them. You and I, American citizens, get our lives ruined for using a harmless plant that has myriad medical uses but doesn't harm you and isn't addictive.

    Marijuana is harmless, prohibition kills.

  2. Malcolm Kyle

    In addition to the many economical and societal costs of prohibition, it has a long history of driving the spread of harder or more dangerous drugs.

    MARIJUANA to dangerous synthetic concoctions —such as AM-2201, JWH-018, JWH-073, or HU-210, (called Spice or K2 etc.)
    POPPIES to morphine, to heroin, to krokodil.
    COCA to cocaine, to crack, to Paco/Kete/Bazuco/Pitillo.
    EPHEDRA to ephedrine, to methamphetamine.
    MUSHROOMS to ecstasy (MDMA), to PMMA, to MDPV, to 2CB/designers.

    At every step the reasons for the rise in popularity of the new form of the drug are one or more of the following:

    * It may be easier to smuggle.
    * It may be more addictive, thus compelling the buyer to return more frequently.
    * It may be cheaper to produce, therefore yielding more profit.
    * Like a game of "whack a mole" a shutdown of producers in one area will mean business opportunities for another set of producers with a similar product.

    Prohibition's distortion of the immutable laws of 'supply and demand' subsidizes organized crime, foreign terrorists, corrupt cops, and unconscionable politicians, while feeding the prejudices of self-appointed culture warriors everywhere. So called Tough-On-Drugs politicians have happily built careers on confusing prohibition's horrendous collateral damage with the substances that they claim to be fighting while the big losers in this battle are everybody else, especially we the taxpayers.

    So how come so many of us have been deluded into believing that big government is the appropriate response to non-traditional consensual vices?

    Imagine if we were to chop down every single tree on the planet as a response to our failure to prevent tree-climbing accidents. That's what our misguided drug policy looks like.
    Isn't it time we all stood up and told the government, we're tired of being beaten and jailed so that pharmaceutical companies can poison and kill us for obscene profits?

    Prohibition prevents regulation: Legalize, regulate and tax!

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