UAB researchers link acute kidney injury with synthetic marijuana use

UAB researchers are now linking acute kidney injury with synthetic marijuana use. They found designer drugs, like spice or K2, are poisonous to the kidneys.

According to the researchers, the man-made drugs mimic the effects of marijuana and cannot be detected in routine drug tests. The use of the drugs has significantly increased over the last few years, and they're cheap. They believe doctors should consider these drugs when a patients shows acute kidney injury.

The findings will appear in "The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology."