Marijuana Edibles May Pose Special Risks

The new study found that though edibles represented less than one-third of 1 percent of the state’s total cannabis sales by weight of THC between 2014 and 2016, they accounted for 238 of the 2,432 cannabis-triggered visits to the UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital Emergency Department, or about 10 percent. The authors calculated that there was 309 times more THC sold in flower or smoked form compared with edible products during the three-year period examined.

Symptoms also tended to vary depending on whether the pot was consumed as an edible or smoked. Nearly half of the emergency room patients who had consumed edibles complained of intoxication or altered mental status, often accompanied by anxiety, compared with less than a third of those who had smoked the pot.

About a quarter of both the smokers and those who consumed edibles experienced psychiatric problems, but those who used

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