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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Case Studies: Synthetic Cannabis Linked to Extended Psychosis

Case studies indicate the recreational use of synthetic cannabis may in some cases lead to psychosis that can last for days or months in some cases, according to a study at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in Hawaii.

Researchers at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego followed ten patients hospitalized for psychosis apparently induced by the use of synthetic cannabis, commonly known as “Spice,” “K2,” “Blaze,” and “Red X Dawn.” These are plant material coated with varying combinations of synthetic cannabinoids, which act on the body in a similar way to chemicals found in cannabis. The compounds have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption and little is known about their safety.

The ten patients studied ranged in age from 21 to 25 years old and after use of “Spice” experienced ongoing psychotic symptoms, including auditory and visual hallucinations, paranoid delusions, odd or flat affect, thought blocking, disorganized speech, thoughts of suicide, insomnia, slowed reaction times, agitation and anxiety. Psychotic symptoms generally resolved between five and eight days after admission, but in some cases continued three months or longer.

The research was scheduled for presentation at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the American Psychiatric Association 164th Annual Meeting, which runs May 14-18 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.

2 comments:

  1. Which is why ending prohibition is so important. Synthesized "drugs" made of an unknown substance in a lab of unknown sterility/professionalism and then put onto a plant of unknown origin, to finally be researched by the Department of Navy which would not be allowed to fund or write anything that would contradict the Administration's stance on the legality of the plant these synthetics are purported to replace. But, we're supposed to think,"I guess this means cannabis is dangerous and should remain illegal."? Why ask the real question: Why is a plant that has NEVER caused a single death and causes no long term physical or psychological damage illegal?

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