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Seizures and lung problems: 10 people hospitalized due to sweets poisoning

At least 12 people have become ill after eating products from Diamond Shruumz, a company that produces sweets with microdoses of so-called psychedelic mushrooms. Several people suffered seizures and some had to be put on ventilators. In addition to convulsions and fainting, the victims experienced pressure surges, dizziness and irregular heart rhythms. This happened to them after eating chocolate bars and other products containing microdoses of these mushrooms, writes New York Times.

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Dangerous sweets

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that jelly beans, ice cream and chocolate bars in birthday cake, cookies 'n' cream and microdose mushroom flavors are being sold online or in tobacco stores across the country. They are also sold in stores selling hemp-based products. The full list of sellers is unknown.

Recalled Products. Screenshot from FDA website

Diamond Shruumz advertises its chocolate products as "magic bars" and a "microdose," which typically means a small amount of the psychedelic drug. However, the company claims that their bars do not contain psychedelic substances such as psilocybin, which is found in magic mushrooms. Instead of psilocybes, the products allegedly contain “nootropic mushrooms” such as blackberry, reishi and chaga. (Nootropics are substances that improve memory, attention, and mental performance).

Diamond Shruumz did not respond to the publication’s requests to comment on the poisoning situation.

Expert Opinions

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now working with poison control centers and government health agencies to investigate the causes of illnesses.

“We believe that the substance that caused the poisonings is not psilocybin, but is similar enough to it to cause this effect. That's why the product is marketed as a microdosing product,” explained Dr. Stephen Dudley, director of the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center.

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Chocolate with mushrooms has become popular in recent years in the wake of people's interest in the effects of psilocybin.

“We're seeing a real surge in demand for these types of products now,” said Dr. Stacy Fisher, a psilocybin researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

These candy bars are generally not independently tested, and consumers cannot know for sure what they are actually buying.

“There is no reliable quality control for these products,” said Dr. Chris Hoyt, medical director of the Rocky Mountain Poison Control Center.

“This is a concern to me from a public health perspective: trying to commercialize consumer interest in microdosing without any regulation means that anything could be in the products,” Dr. Fisher warned.

Some bars marketed as "mushroom" products may contain psilocetin, known as 4-AcO-DMT. The effects of this substance are similar to those of psilocybin, explained Dr. Mason Marks, a law professor at Harvard and Florida State University who specializes in psychedelics.

Dr. Christopher Holstege, director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, expressed concern about the risk of other toxic substances in these products due to the lack of regulation of their production. Additionally, there is no guarantee that consumers are receiving the exact dosage stated on a mushroom product's label, he added.

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Investigation continues

The FDA said those who become ill after consuming these products should seek medical attention and call the National Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222.

The investigation into the scandal involving products containing microdoses of mushrooms continues. In the meantime, we offer some recommendations that FDA gives in connection with this story:

  • Users: Do not consume or offer Diamond Shruumz brand candy bars, ice cream or jelly in any flavor and discard them. Check your home and throw away these products if you find them. Discuss this warning with children and teenagers.
  • Retailers: Do not sell or distribute Diamond Shruumz brand products. Please store the products in a safe place until you receive further instructions for return or safe disposal.
  • Medical workers: Report illnesses to local health authorities and/or the Poison Helpline.

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