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Synthetic Marijuana Believed To Have Sickened 221 In Colorado, According To Report

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened more than 200 people in Colorado.

The report, which was released on Thursday, is based on a joint investigation with state health officials launched after hospitals in Colorado started seeing an increase in emergency room visits by people who had used synthetic pot in late August, according to MyFoxDC.

Real marijuana is legal in Colorado, but synthetic marijuana is not. Other states and the federal government have also attempted to ban it, but regulators have had a hard time keeping up with its latest chemical makeup.

Investigators found 221 probable cases from mid-August to mid-September in Colorado and took a closer look at 127 of those cases. Of the 127 cases, 64 percent had high blood pressure, 32 percent noted they were agitated and 25 percent reported confusion. Ten people were admitted into intensive care, but no deaths were confirmed in the report.

The Denver Channel notes that the report indicates Colorado health and law enforcement officials are looking into whether one of two new variants of synthetic marijuana contributed to the illnesses. One was linked to a similar outbreak in Georgia in August.

Four stores in the state that were identified by those who became sick have been closed.

"While these products were identified in the investigation, synthetic marijuana products can be repackaged and sold under many names," Dr. Tista Ghosh, interim chief medical officer for the state, told The Denver Channel. "The safe thing for people to do is not use any synthetic marijuana. No brand is safe."

Product names identified in the investigation are the following: Black Mamba, Crazy Monkey, Crazy Clown, Dead Man Walking, Funky Monkey, Sexy Monkey, SinX, Spice, TenX, Twilight and 3X.

Sources: MyFoxDC, The Denver Channel


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