There is a rapid rise in the use of cannabis after approval of medical cannabis in Colorado since 2009. The state voted to legalize marijuana, and recreational cannabis went on sale in 2014. A new study reveals the component has resulted in a rise in visits to the emergency rooms. Inhaled cannabis usually results in more visits overall. But this time the foods containing cannabis extract are liable for more visits. The harmful drug is mainly present in cookies, cakes, lollipops, chocolate, etc. People who ingested the drug were more probable to suffer serious health concerns. They visited emergency departments for psychiatric and cardiovascular symptoms. Thus the research pinpoints risk of ingesting the drug.
Before a couple of years, in 2012, around 3,300 cases related to marijuana visited the ER at an Aurora clinic. But as per the new finding, the number soared to about 10,000 in 2016. Scientists found there was an extraordinarily sharp increase in the rates of clinical visits linked with edible pot than that of inhalable one. The team at the University of Colorado School of Medicine revealed the fact about increased ER visits in the state. Their study highlights elevating safety concerns related to cannabis. The research involves 9,973 cannabis-related ER visits from 2012-2016, at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. Researchers revealed that there is a threefold increase in such types of visits. Dr. Andrew A. Monte, Study’s leading author, is a medical toxicologist and an emergency medicine physician at Colorado University’s facility.
For the study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the team related cannabis sales to the ER visits. Dr. Monte said there had been several prominent deaths due to cannabis. But no death took place due to inhaling cannabis. When users smoke or vape, TCH (tetrahydrocannabinol) is inhaled in the lungs and instantly enters into the body. TCH is the psychoactive element accountable for the euphoric, which takes people in seventh heaven. The effect persists for 2-3 hours. According to the American Addiction Centers, when people consume marijuana in edible form, TCH directly enters into the bloodstream. It is soaked in via the stomach and lever. The effect lasts for 4-6 hours. Thus Monte and his team object that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should issue relevant health warnings. The agency must issue precise guidelines for standard doses and packaging.
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