One of the main arguments of opponents of legalizing marijuana is that legal cannabis can endanger the youth of America and lead to an exponential increase in injuries and deaths . Needless to say, this is unlikely, to say the least; Most evidence shows that if cannabis is consumed responsibly, one of the only significant health risks is that you find Family Guy funny. However, the keyword here is "responsible", and apparently some people are not responsible for eating edible food.
According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine by Tuesday, a surprisingly high number of visits to emergency departments during a four-year period in the state of Colorado was due to the fact that people use marijuana in the form of food (eg sweets or pastries). Researchers at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital investigated the frequency of visits to emergency cannabis stations in the state of Colorado after adopting a measure to legalize the sale of marijuana in 201
After the legalization measure, the number of patients The number of emergency visits to cannabis increased almost threefold. Although much of the visits were old-fashioned due to smoking (ie inhaling), about 10% of ER visits related to cannabis were due to food, although eating foods account for only a very small percentage of total cannabis use. Turnover. Consumption of food also appeared to be more often associated with extreme side effects. About 18 percent of people who ingested food reported "acute psychiatric symptoms" such as panic attacks and psychosis, compared to 10 percent who reported such symptoms after smoking.
To some extent, this is not all that surprising: although the data shows that marihuana use in Colorado has steadily increased before and after legalization, it makes sense that legalization should increase the number of Increase people who want to experiment with cannabis products – and that some of these people would use them to consume products in excess or irresponsibly. This was originally the lead author Andrew Monte for the study results. "My original hypothesis was that people were stacking cans and overdosing," Monte told E-mail Rolling Stone . "However, after analyzing this data, I actually believe that adverse symptoms from eating food last longer than when people smoke. This provides more opportunities to say, "I have to visit the emergency room."
But before you start to panic and throw your last load of weed brownies into the landfill, it's worth noting that the study has done so has some obvious limitations. First of all, NORML Managing Director Erik Altieri points out that the study focused on a single (albeit large) hospital in Colorado. "It is not a comprehensive analysis that suggests a trend," he says . Rolling Stone . And like many other studies indicating a correlation between weed consumption and psychosis, this study found no causality, meaning that it can not be distinguished whether edible animals can cause "acute psychiatric symptoms" and whether people are affected Those who are prone to such symptoms initially have an increased risk of side effects.
Altieri also says that such side effects are both rare and transient. "We support increased public education and improved labeling to inform consumers about how and where food is consumed responsibly. In the overwhelming majority of ER cases, which are exclusively related to marijuana, the patient is merely hydrated and discharged in an hour or two, "said Altieri.
Ultimately, the success of this study, as well as many others, is that more government This is unlikely to be the case for the time being, given that the US Department of Justice is currently reportedly blocking such an investigation, so if you're curious about food, stay with it on the side of caution and do not devour a whole batch of weed blondies in one sitting.