Marijuana became legalized in Colorado nearly 5 years ago, since then a new study shows that marijuana is sending more people to the emergency room.
Marijuana foods, which are called edibles, have lead people seeking help to the emergency room. Many patients come into the emergency room with symptoms like vomiting, racing hearts, and psychotic episodes.
Three deaths in Colorado are tied to edible marijuana products.
Since Colorado legalized marijuana there has been an increase in marijuana emergency room cases. Nearly a third of patients that were admitted to the hospital had severe symptoms.
In a recent study, there were over 2,500 emergency visits at the Colorado hospital caused by marijuana from 2012-2016.
17 percent of the visits were for uncontrolled bouts of vomiting, and 12 percent of the cases were for acute psychosis, where people without a history of mental disorders lose touch with reality, this is frequently seen with edibles. Intoxication and heart problems were other common complaints.
Dr. Andrew Monte believes that more people will consume marijuana edibles at unsafe levels because they don’t feel the immediate high. “So some users over-consume edible cannabis products, resulting in adverse effects,” he said.
Some of the symptoms of marijuana overdose are: fatigue, paranoia, rapid heartbeat, decreased blood pressure, and skewed movement.