Synthetic Marijuana In Florida Tainted With Rat Poison, 52 Sick, 4 DeadPosted by On

Here’s what can happen when fake marijuana products aren’t exactly squeaky clean. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) report published on Friday described a tragic tale of rat poison ending up in synthetic cannabinoid products in Florida near the end of 2021. This resulted in 52 people getting sick and four people dying. That wasn’t all. For the survivors, treatment took months, and a lot of dollars ended up going up in smoke.

Obviously rat poison is a a bad thing to have enter your body, even when you don’t have whiskers and a tail. It’s difficult to think of any situations where you may ask, “excuse me, could you put some rat poison in that? It would be great to experience some uncontrolled bleeding.” The ingredient that puts the poison in many types of rat poison is brodifacoum, a powerful anticoagulant that can inhibit the enzyme vitamin K epoxide reductase. Now, you may not wake up every day saying, “thank goodness for my vitamin K epoxide reductase,” since you can’t see the enzyme in selfies. But this enzyme is essential in maintaining appropriate levels of vitamin K in your blood. Not having enough vitamin K in your blood…

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