Synthetic Marijuana Linked To Teens’ Kidney Damage

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(AP)–Health officials say synthetic marijuana has been linked to kidney damage in some teens and young adults.

Sixteen people who smoked synthetic marijuana were hospitalized with
kidney problems last year in six states. All recovered but five of them
needed dialysis.

Synthetic marijuana is plant material sprayed with chemicals that can
mimic the high from marijuana. It's been tied to such health problems
as a rapid heartbeat and seizures. This is the first report of kidney
problems.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it's not known
exactly what caused the kidney damage. Federal and state laws ban some
of the chemicals used for synthetic marijuana.

A CDC report Thursday details the 16 cases in Oregon, Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, New York and Rhode Island.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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