Synthetic cannabis caused NZ woman's death: coroner

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A New Zealand coroner has revealed that the 2018 death of a 40-year-old Auckland woman was partially caused by synthetic cannabis consumption. Esther Lemalama of Kelston was discovered lying unresponsive in her house by her husband Tutolu Iona when he returned home from work. Lemalama was lying facedown on the bedroom floor, with her head between a heater, their bed, and the wall, Radio New Zealand reports. Could the ‘spirit molecule’ be a treatment option for stroke? What is synthetic marijuana, K2 or spice, and why is it so dangerous? California authorities dismantle ‘the most elaborate illegal marijuana grow they’ve ever seen’ Iona called emergency services around 5:30 pm, but Lemalama was pronounced dead less than an hour later at 6:17 pm. The 40-year-old had a history of consuming synthetic cannabinoids. Coroner Erin Woolley found that Lemalama died from “positional asphyxia due to synthetic cannabinoid intoxication.” A combination of synthetic cannabis and her physical position led her to stop breathing. “Unfortunately, Ms. Lemalama’s death appears, in part, to be due to her consumption of synthetic cannabis,” Woolley explained. “The synthetic drugs, AMB-FUBINACA and 5F-ADB, have been the cause or contributing factor in a number of deaths in both the Waikato/Bay of Plenty, elsewhere in New Zealand, and overseas.” According to Woolley, establishing an effective dose of AMB-FUBINACA acid, which was found in Lemalama’s post-mortem blood sample, is accompanied by huge risks and can be fatal. The coroner repeated what she had previously recommended at a previous inquiry regarding preventing deaths due to synthetic cannabinoid consumption. “An all-encompassing harm reduction approach which reduces demand, supply and easy access to treatment for those seeking assistance should be developed,” Woolley recommended. Synthetic cannabinoid consumption reached the point of a health crisis in New Zealand several years ago and was flagged as the cause…

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