Wisconsin confirms 16 more cases of bleeding linked to fake weed

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Wisconsin has confirmed 16 more cases of severe bleeding linked to the use of synthetic cannabinoids, also known as fake weed.

The Department of Health Services made the announcement Sept. 18, and added Fond du Lac County to the list of counties with cases.

The fake weed that's been causing bleeding is tainted with rat poison.

There are a total of 80 confirmed cases in Wisconsin. The state has recorded one death linked to the tainted fake weed.

Confirmed cases are in the following counties: Dane, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Rock, and Fond du Lac.

“Synthetic cannabinoids are not safe, and we urge people not to use them, said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “This outbreak shows how hazardous they can be to your health.”

People who use the tainted fake weed experience unexplained bleeding. It can be a nosebleed, bleeding gums or bruising. Fake weed can stay in a person's body for months, so bleeding could happen at any time, according to DHS.

Ages of victims range from 16 to 50.

Fake weed is illegal in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice says synthetic marijuana/fake weed goes by the following names:

• Black Mamba
• Bling Blang Monkey
• Bombay Blue
• Climax
• Cloud 9
• Fake Weed
• Genie
• Joker
• K2
• Kisha Cole
• Legal Weed
• Matrix
• Phantom
• Red, Blue, or Yellow Giant
• Releaf
• Scooby Snax
• Spice
• Wet Lucy
• White Tiger
• Zohai