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Cause of, and response to, cannabis overconsumption

It should come as no surprise that delaying the regulations for legal cannabis has begun to cause problems in our area. Speaking with a local EMT responder led to some cause for concern. During our discussion, I learned that four people were taken to the emergency room for what is being called, overconsumption. Overconsumption is fairly irregular for seasoned cannabis users, but many new people simply lack understanding when it comes to the potential for strong effects from cannabis. These new users acquired, and subsequently consumed, un-regulated, un-tested cannabis edibles which are made using cannabinoids extracted from the cannabis plant. The active ingredient sometimes found in large quantities in these edibles is THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. When businesses are unable, or unmotivated, to test their products prior to making it into the hands of the end user, quantities of THC are unknown or mislabeled. Even an experienced user who knows what to expect can be caught by surprise. A new user might not even know what to expect with smaller doses let alone what happens if you consume 10 times more than you should. This lack of understanding along with missing regulatory guidelines will become more apparent until proper education is offered and the OCM (office of cannabis management) allows for licensed operations. Once allowed, registered companies will follow proper safety regulations before end consumers will have access to these products. Until then, we have the lingering question, how do first responders handle these situations?




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