Two new studies suggest synthetic marijuana, also known as “K2” or “Spice,” may cause kidney damage. The studies were presented at a meeting of the National Kidney Foundation, HealthDay reports.
“Use and abuse of these products have been tied to acute kidney injury in patients across the country,” Kerry Willis, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of the National Kidney Foundation, said in a news release. “Despite being legal and marketed as safe, it appears these products are far from it.”
Synthetic marijuana is usually comprised of herbal plant material that has been sprayed with chemicals that mimic THC, the main psychoactive substance found in natural marijuana.