Irresponsible Marijuana Edible use is a Rising Safety Concern in Colorado

Marijuana edibles have a public perception of being a good jumping off point for inexperienced consumers to try out Colorado’s legal highs. However, it is quite easy to bite off more than you can chew, as it were, and turn a relaxing experience into a stressful and scary one.

Edibles have undergone much legal scrutiny since the legalization of marijuana. Warning labels on edibles were standardized this past February to mark the treats in increments of 10 or fewer milligrams of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana), and researchers are hard at work on uniform lab testing standards for THC content. Despite these advances and increased educational efforts by the state, there is still a big problem of convincing users not to eat too much or too quickly.

Are Edibles Stronger than Smoked Marijuana?

Contrary to the quick effects of smoked or vaporized marijuana, ingested marijuana has a slow absorption rate and creates a longer, often more intense experience. The slow effect can create an impetus for impatient or impulsive users to eat too much THC. High doses of the drug can lead to panic, paranoia or acute psychosis in individuals with diagnosed psychiatric conditions.

The slow burn of edible marijuana also presents a danger on the road. If consumed before driving, even an hour or two before, the edible could bring on the peak of the high while you are driving down the highway. The negative symptoms of edible overindulgence could manifest as anxiety attacks on the road, which presents a danger to the driver as well as anyone else nearby.

If you have been arrested for driving after consuming a marijuana edible, you could benefit from the advice of a drugged driving attorney. In the below video, Attorney Jake Johnson discusses the services a skilled attorney could provide you in fighting your DUI charges.

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