Potentially deadly, synthetic marijuana sending users to hospital


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Doctors say synthetic marijuana, called Space Cadet, Revolution, or K2 on the streets, is much more powerful than the natural stuff, with stronger highs and dangerous side effects. It can cause powerful hallucinations and paranoia.

“You’re taking a plant material and spraying it with chemicals and then smoking it, so you don’t know what you’re ingesting when you do these drugs,” said Dr. Mark Neavyn, Director of Toxicology at Hartford Hospital.

More than a dozen people have ended up in the hospital over the last week in Wilimantic. Most recently, a 22-year-old girl was running in-and-out of traffic Wednesday, taking her clothes off near an Eastern Connecticut State University dormitory. Corporal Stanley Parizo of the Wilimantic Police Department says the drug affects different people in different ways.

“We have had people running around partially clad in clothing, trying to flag down the police,” he said.

Dr. Neavyn says the synthetic marijuana can shut down blood vessels and kill pretty quickly. It even says “not for human consumption” right on the label.

“It can make the blood vessels spasm, so it can cause stroke, heart attack, renal failure, all of these things we have seen in the toxicology world and it is a real problem,” he said.

“We are still seeing a lot of sales on the internet and at gas stations, so I would urge parents that if they find any materials in their children’s room that say ‘not for human consumption’ to just discard them.”

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