An important paraplegia case due to synthetic cannabinoid bonsai abuse

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Serkan Demir
Hakan Simsek
Mehmet Guney Senol
Ahmet Eroglu
Ergenekon Karagoz
Hakan Tekeli
Rifat Erdem Tugrul


The number of synthetic derivatives of the world’s most popular and commonly abused drug, cannabis is rapidly growing dayby day. Although the drug has certain applications in the medical field, due to its wide and easy access and cheapness, more people start trying the drug commonly referred to as ‘Bonsai’. This synthetic form of the drug has many different names in different countries. The drug is most commonly referred as “Bonsai” in Turkey, “Spice” in UK and “K2” or “Jamaica” in the US. The synthetic cannabinoids are mainly smoked using a pipe, a hookah (or a bong), or wrapped in cigarette papers. Various cases, including the result of death, have been reported related to ‘Bonsai’ smoking. We present here a case of ‘Bonsai’ drug abuse with unusual presentation of paraplegia.


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Demir, S. ., Simsek, H. ., Senol, M. G. ., Eroglu, A. ., Karagoz, E. ., Tekeli , H. ., & Tugrul, R. E. . (2016). An important paraplegia case due to synthetic cannabinoid bonsai abuse. Medical Science and Discovery, 3(6), 266–269. Retrieved from
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