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April 3, 2013

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JAMA. 2013;309(13):1336. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.2760

Acute kidney damage is the latest health risk linked with smoking synthetic marijuana.

An investigation into 16 cases of unexplained acute kidney trouble began in March 2012, when the initial 3 cases were reported to the Wyoming Department of Health. Collaboration among federal and state health officials, poison control centers, forensic laboratories, and individual clinicians identified the additional cases. All 16 patients were treated in emergency departments and hospitalized. Each patient reported smoking synthetic marijuana shortly before becoming ill. Synthetic pot also has been associated with hypertension, rapid heart rate, seizures, and hallucinations.