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Cannabis-related emergency room visits tripled in one Colorado hospital after legalization, a new study finds.
Around 3,300 ER visits at an Aurora clinic were related to marijuana in 2012, but a new study found that figure shot up to nearly 10,000 in 2016.
Researchers - Increase - Rates - Hospitalization - Visits
Researchers found there was a particularly sharp increase for the rates of hospitalization following visits associated with edible pot compared to inhalable pot.
The team, from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, believes that not only will ER visits increase as marijuana becomes more widely available and used in the state, but that its findings suggest edible cannabis products may be more toxic that marijuana that is smoked or vaped.
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In an accompanying editorial by Dr Nora Volkow and Dr Ruben Baler from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, they note the slow rate at which THC is absorbed when it is in edible form.
'These findings also underscore the urgent need for greater oversight of manufacturing practices, labeling standards, and quality control of cannabis products marketed to the public,' they wrote.
Study - Annals - Internal - Medicine - Team
For the study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the team looked at patients who visited the ER at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital between 2012 and 2016.
They found that there was a three-fold increase in cannabis-associated visits during this time period.
Patients - ER - Marijuana - Pot
About 3,300 patients visited the ER in 2012, when just medical marijuana was legal - but this shot up to nearly 10,000 in 2016, after both medical and recreational pot were legalized.
The most common reason for ER visits was gastrointestinal symptoms including cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, which is characterized by severe bouts of vomiting in chronic marijuana users.
Intoxication - Reason
Intoxication was the second most common reason and...
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