Edible marijuana sends outsize number of people to hospital Colorado study finds

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Monte said the adverse impact of edibles can last longer and be more intense than people expect.“If you smoke and you have a brief amount of hallucination, but then it goes away pretty quickly, you may not come to the emergency department,” Monte said. “But if you develop psychosis and it’s lasting for hours, you might come to the emergency department.”Overall, visits tied to both inhaled and edible cannabis use were mostly for gastrointestinal issues, intoxication and psychiatric symptoms. Edible cannabis led to more acute psychiatric events and cardiovascular symptoms than inhaled cannabis.The rates at which people are hospitalized for cannabis use in Colorado are still far lower than alcohol-related hospitalizations. “Many, many people use cannabis without ending up in my emergency department,” Monte said.Colorado’s recreational marijuana market opened at the start of 2014, ushering in a new era of research on the impact of legal cannabis use. Colorado This article is more than 3 months old Share on LinkedIn Topics Amanda Holpuch in New York Mon 25 Mar 2019 17.00 EDT Edible marijuana sends outsize number of people to hospital, Colorado study finds Read more news University researchers say effects of edibles can be longer lasting than people realize after study reveals ‘striking results’ Share on Messenger @holpuch Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Read more Edible marijuana products are a small slice of cannabis sales in Colorado, but were linked to a large proportion of cannabis-related emergency room visits in the state, according to a study published on Monday.From January 2012 to December 2016, edibles accounted for 10.7% of emergency room visits attributable to cannabis use at the University of Colorado Health emergency department in Aurora, Colorado, though they only accounted for 0.32% of cannabis sales in that same period, according to the Annals of Internal Medicine study.This is not simply because people are taking larger numbers of edibles to compensate for how much longer it takes to feel the effects than when cannabis is inhaled, said lead researcher Dr Andrew Monte.“It was a striking thing,” Monte, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado, told the Guardian. “It wasn’t like these people were taking 100mg or 500mg of cannabis edibles. These were relatively lower doses.” Age of the edibles awaits Oregon cannabis lovers as state changes law Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Edibles on display in California. The rates at which people are hospitalized for cannabis use in Colorado are still far lower than alcohol-related hospitalizations, the researchers said.Photograph: Richard Vogel/AP Last modified on Mon 25 Mar 2019 17.01 EDT This article is more than 3 months old Share on Facebook ‘You’re not going to die’: how to survive an edible marijuana overdose Cannabis Colorado Share on Facebook Drugs Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Monte said that increased availability of any drug will cause more adverse drug events.“So, this is us sort of learning what those adverse drug events are, which routes of exposure are more likely to lead to adverse drug events, so we can actually advise people on how to use cannabis safely,” Monte said. “And also potentially put some more guidelines around the things that are most dangerous and I would say that in this study, it’s edibles.” Shares262262 Support The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more