California Poison Control System advises consumers to be cautious about consuming mushroom-infused edibles

California Poison Control System warns consumers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and America’s Poison Centers have received reports of severe acute illnesses and other adverse effects following consumption of Diamond Shruumz™ brand chocolate bars, cones and gummies.

The agencies are investigating these specific “edibles,” which are marketed as containing a proprietary blend of nootropic and functional mushrooms. As of June 11, there have been 12 total illnesses and 10 hospitalizations reported in eight states. Several patients were admitted to an intensive care unit and required intubation and mechanical ventilation — none have died.

After the FDA warning was issued, CPCS advised that an additional case has been reported in California.

Dr. Rais Vohra.

“Edibles can have other ingredients, such as illicit substances, other adulterants, or potentially harmful contaminants that have not been approved for use in food,” said Dr. Rais Vohra, Medical Director for the Fresno/Madera Division of CPCS. “In light of the recent reports of people experiencing severe symptoms after eating Diamond Shruumz products, we urge people to avoid consuming these mushroom-infused products.”

Signs and symptoms of illness
Signs and symptoms of illness include seizures, loss of consciousness, confusion, sleepiness, agitation, abnormal heart rate (fast or slow), hyper/hypotension, nausea, vomiting, tremors/shakiness and excessive sweating.

Precautions to take

  • Don’t buy, eat, serve or sell any flavors from the company’s chocolate bars, cones, or gummies.
  • Discard any of these products you currently have.
  • Do not consume edible products that claim to produce feelings of euphoria, hallucinations, or psychedelic effects — they might have undisclosed ingredients that could cause severe illness.
  • Be aware that these products may appeal to teenagers and children (who may mistake them for candy), so parents and caregivers should take extra care to ensure these products are not consumed by them.

“We are urging people to be very careful because of the potential serious effects of these products,” adds Vohra.

If ingested
If you become ill after consuming these products, seek immediate medical attention. Go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

If you have consumed a product and are having symptoms, call CPCS at (800) 222-1222 to speak with someone right away.

About CPCS
Call Poison Control at (800) 222-1222 (number is the same in all states) for questions about poison encounters. Trained pharmacists, nurses and other providers are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free, confidential and interpreters are available. Get weekly tips about safety by texting TIPS to 20121 for English or texting PUNTOS to 20121 for Spanish. Follow CPCS on Facebook and on Twitter @poisoninfo. CPCS is part of the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy and is responsible to the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.