A new study released yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine identified that the rise in marijuana use in Colorado due to the fact the state legalized the drug has led to enhanced emergency area visits. The study identified that 9,973 marijuana-associated emergency area visits occurred from 2012-2016, much more than triple the quantity that occurred prior to legalization. Also, the study identified that 10.7% of visits at UCHealth have been due to the ingestion of higher potency marijuana edibles.
“Evidence continues to make the case that marijuana legalization final results in damaging impacts on public well being and security,” stated Dr. Kevin Sabet, founder of Wise Approaches to Marijuana and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “Marijuana is no longer the weed of Woodstock. The sector is churning out new, very potent candies, gummies, sodas, and ice creams as properly as concentrates and vape pens that include up to 99% THC. These kid-friendly solutions are on a regular basis having into the hands of young children, whose establishing brains are extremely susceptible to permanent harm from this very potent pot.”
The study identified that 17% of emergency area visits have been due to uncontrolled vomiting that was connected with the smoked kind of the drug. Earlier study has labeled this phenomenon as “scromiting,” or Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome. 12% of the visits have been for acute psychosis and this was connected with higher potency edibles. eight% of visits have been connected with cardiovascular concerns such as irregular heartbeat or even heart attacks soon after ingestion of edibles.
A further current study identified that the use of higher potency edibles was straight linked with increases in extreme mental illness, such as psychosis, and stated that if greater potency concentrates and edibles have been removed from the market place, situations of psychosis would be decreased by a third.
“Lawmakers rushing to legalize marijuana want to slow down and think about the implications it could bring upon their state,” continued Dr. Sabet. “They are surely not getting details such as this from the pot industry’s army of lobbyists. This is why organizations such as SAM are so critical. We perform tirelessly to combat the sector narrative that marijuana is harmless.