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Illegal Synthetic Cannabinoid Spiked Bread Strikes 40 Ill in California

The Orange County Register has reported a strange news piece in which it claims that bread, spiked (knowingly!) with a synthetic cannabinoid (that goes in the market by different names such as Spice, K-2, Bliss, etc.), technically called JWH-122, has caused a spectrum of illness in 40 consumers, ranging from palpitations, dizziness and numbness to frank hallucinations.

An individual who was convinced that the bread was laced with something that caused his/her symptoms recruited an FDA approved laboratory to test the bread sample, which is how this misdemeanor came to notice.

The police has taken up the investigation.

Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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