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Hey Tourists – Welcome to Denver, Cool It with the Marijuana Edibles

PotLook, guys, we get it – Denver’s great. Colorado’s great. It’s beautiful. Our weather is gorgeous. We’ve got skiing, cycling and of course, legalized recreational marijuana. Those legal pot brownies probably look really good. But listen to Mom – don’t overindulge in sweets. Especially ones with marijuana in them.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, Colorado emergency rooms have seen an increase of 40 percent in visits related to out-of-state residents and the consumption of marijuana. Now, marijuana itself isn’t going to kill you – it would take an absurd amount of marijuana to cause a THC overdose – but that doesn’t mean it can’t lead to some scary feelings that might put you in the hospital.

The Signs of Marijuana Intoxication

What usually lands someone in the hospital from marijuana:

  • Anxiety, agitation and even brief psychotic episodes, including hallucinations and delusions
  • Rapid heart rate, shortness of breath
  • Gastrointestinal problems like vomiting
  • Injuries sustained while high (tripping, for example. Not the drug kind, the gravity kind)

Many out-of-state residents coming to Colorado to try marijuana are first time users who do not understand how the drug will affect them, but even longtime smokers may be overwhelmed by the potency of marijuana edibles. Edibles tend to take time (30 minutes to an hour, maybe longer, so we’ve heard) to absorb into the body, whereas smoking is a much quicker process. Smokers may feel the extent of their high before the joint passes back around to them, but because edibles produce more of a slow burn, sometimes consumers erroneously believe that the drug is not working. So, they eat more. By then, it’s too late – they’re in the clouds, thinking they’re having heart attacks.

This is not to say that you should not seek medical attention if you feel like you are in trouble after consuming marijuana. Your health should be your first priority. But you can avoid all that trouble by moderating. And don’t drive yourself to the ER if you are under the influence of marijuana.

The Denver DUI lawyers at DUI Defense Matters are experienced in handling a variety of drugged driving offenses, including marijuana DUI.

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