A Pittsburgh-area university sent out a health alert to students after officials became concerned that harmful marijuana is being used on campus.
California University of Pennsylvania officials said the marijuana in question is laced with jimson weed, and the side effects can be deadly. However, the plants are not illegal.
The jimson weed, also known as "thorn apple" or "stink weed," dangers come as a surprise to Cal U. students who spoke with Channel 11 News.
"I heard of people smoking weed, but I never heard of anything like this happening before," one student said.
"People should case, because it's their own health they're dealing with," said student Luke Hixon. "You don't know what could happen with something like that."
"If people were dying, I'd be pretty upset," said film student Alex Bedirian. "But just getting sick, from what I'm told, bad weed can do that to you anyway."
Reactions to the weed include hallucinations, dry mouth and overheating.
Fortunately, none of the sickened students suffered any critical injuries. However, campus officials said there is a reason to be concerned.
School officials are strongly discouraging the use of the substance.
Anyone with concerns should contact the health center or 911, officials said.
October 9, 2009
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