25 people hospitalized after smoking synthetic marijuana

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At least 25 people were hospitalized Saturday night in New York, possibly after smoking synthetic marijuana.

According to CNN, these people were all from the same neighborhood of Brooklyn, in the American metropolis. The substance responsible for their hospitalization, according to the police, would be K2, also known as “spice”, a substitute for marijuana.

Half of the hospitalized people had been discharged from the hospital on Sunday morning and no deaths were regrettably reported.

In late April, CNN reported that four people had died after smoking K2 in Illinois. More than 150 people became ill after consuming the controversial substance in March and April in the same state. Many suffered from unexplained hemorrhages.

In 2017, 102 people also suffered the effects of a synthetic marijuana overdose over a three-day period in Pennsylvania.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also warn US citizens not to consume this drug, which can cause among other things, vomiting, hallucinations and increased heart rate.

According to a study cited by CNN, the effects of synthetic marijuana can be up to 85 times stronger than those of THC, the main active ingredient in cannabis.

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