Marijuana edibles: 3 dangers of use and abuse

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Candy, cookies, brownies, and cakes – these are the most common forms that marijuana edibles take – outwardly harmless confections that make it seem as if marijuana is not only safe but also a treat or an innocent indulgence.

Unfortunately, this is far from the case. Though these food items without marijuana in them may add up to long-term health problems over years of overindulgence, a one-time use or overuse of a THC-laden cookie can mean a life-threatening – if not life-ending – experience for the user.

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3 Dangers of Marijuana Edibles

  • Overdose. In Colorado, where marijuana edibles are easily available to residents over the age of 21, there have already been a number of medical events related to use of the drug in this form. Two Denver residents died after eating marijuana-laced products, and hundreds of others have gone to the ER in need of treatment after ingesting too much. Why? Because it’s easy to overindulge. Most people are used to eating a cookie or two without a thought but a serving of a marijuana-laced cookie is usually equal to only a portion of the dessert – as little as one-sixth of the cookie. The uninitiated may easily eat too much, especially if “results” are slow to appear.
  • Addiction. Because it’s easy to eat too much and because the addictive substance comes in a palatable and easy-to-use form, it’s not difficult to begin regular use of the substance. Especially when combined with smoking the drug or use of other substances, addiction to marijuana can quickly become a problem for the user, with all the social and mental health issues that characterize the disease.
  • Harm to self or others. While under the influence of the drug, users can become violent or unaware. They may hurt themselves or hurt others while in this state – potentially behaviors that they would never have engaged in while sober. One man allegedly shot his wife while she was on the phone with 911, after she told the operator that he had ingested a number of marijuana-laced candies.

Marijuana Treatment

No matter what form of ingestion is preferred, when marijuana use or abuse becomes problematic, a rehabilitation program can help the user to get back on track. Medical assistance is available if necessary, but the primary focus will be on therapeutic growth and healing that provides the tools that will allow the person to live more comfortably drug-free after treatment. Contact us at The Recovery Village today to learn more about treatment options for your loved one.

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Marijuana Edibles: 3 Dangers of Use and Abuse
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Marijuana Edibles: 3 Dangers of Use and Abuse was last modified: March 7th, 2017 by The Recovery Village