Several Hospitalized in Australia with Hallucinations from 'Mushroom' Gummies

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jun.27 - 2024 2:47 PM CET

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multiple people were hospitalized with symptoms such as "disturbing hallucinations" and "persistent vomiting."

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Australian authorities have recalled two types of mushroom gummies after multiple people were hospitalized with symptoms such as "disturbing hallucinations" and "persistent vomiting."

According to Ziare public health officials issued warnings advising against the consumption of Uncle Frog's mushroom gummies following reports of unexpected toxicity among consumers.

The Cordyceps and Lion's Mane gummies have been identified as the culprits behind these adverse reactions.

Health Officials Investigate Toxicity

Other reported symptoms from consuming these gummies include seizure-like activity, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, and loss of consciousness. Hospitalizations have occurred nationwide, prompting authorities to investigate the specific ingredients in these products that may be causing illness.

Dr. Darren Roberts, Medical Director of the NSW Poisons Information Centre, emphasized the ongoing investigations, stating, "We strongly advise people not to consume these products."

Company Response and Market Impact

Uncle Frog, a company previously marketed as being based in Byron Bay, has temporarily shut down its website and issued a recall warning. Rohan Bandil, the sole director of Uncle Frog and its distributor Oz Brands, apologized for the unintended consequences.

Bandil noted that similar products had been successful globally, and the intention was to bring a comparable product to the Australian market.

The company's website, now replaced with a recall warning, had promoted the gummies as "specially formulated" for overall well-being. Despite the products being marketed as legal and containing no CBD, CBN, or THC, their adverse effects have led to a nationwide health alert.