NPR Says Highly Potent Cannabis Is Raising Concerns About Health Risks
National Public Radio is reporting on what they see as a legitimate health risk to cannabis consumers, especially inexperienced consumers. They are noting increased visits to emergency rooms due to dramatic increases in levels of THC in cannabis. Read their story by clicking the link below.
Most people show up at his emergency department because of “intoxication” from too much pot, either straight or mixed with other drugs, Monte says. The bulk of these cases are due to inhaled cannabis, though edibles are associated with more psychiatric visits.
“We’re seeing an increase in psychosis and hallucinations, as well as anxiety and even depression and suicidality,” Monte says.
He thinks the increased potency of marijuana plays a role in all these cases. “Whenever you have a higher dose of one of these types of drugs, the patient is at a higher risk of having an adverse drug event. If the concentration is so much higher … it’s much easier to overshoot the low-level high that they’re looking for.”
Not everyone is at equal risk, Monte adds. “Many many people use cannabis safely,” he says. “The vast majority don’t end up in our emergency department.” […]
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