Are Cannabis Edibles Safe?

Are Cannabis Edibles Safe?
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What you have to know about the safety of marijuana edibles.

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Smoking marijuana “can create respiratory problems.” And so, vaporized cannabis is one alternative, as I’ve talked about before. But what about eating it?

“Vaping is likely less harmful than smoking,” and marijuana edibles are another alternative, but may carry increased risks to children and increased risk of overdosing. I’d add a third risk to that, and that’s pets. “Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado…, edibles comprise almost half of total cannabis sales,” and a “significant correlation” was found between the rise in use and the rise in marijuana toxicosis cases at veterinary hospitals, contributing, they think, to two dog deaths in the state.

Thankfully, “[t]here have been no reported deaths [among] children from marijuana exposure,” though some have ended up on life support—as an edible marijuana overdose can “lead to severe respiratory depression.” Colorado regional poison control cases did increase significantly after recreational pot became legal, and at a higher rate than the rest of the United States, which is one reason the American Academy of Pediatrics continues to oppose legalization.

In the very least, they shouldn’t be packaged like this. Some states have since banned selling marijuana-infused candy with that kind of imagery, but to play it safe, maybe we shouldn’t be making cannabis candy at all.

“To put this in perspective,” though, “the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center” reported thousands of kids in Colorado “required treatment after accidentally ingesting [things like] cosmetics [and] vitamins,” compared to the relatively few cases involving marijuana edibles. And you want to talk about poisoning deaths? How about alcohol? Whereas deaths attributed to marijuana are few and far between, though, there have been a few.

The problem is that you may not feel an effect from edibles for an hour or two after consumption, and so, you don’t know how much to take, and may then over-consume after an hour since you haven’t felt anything yet. But it takes like three hours for cannabis compounds to peak in your bloodstream, compared to just like 10 minutes when you smoke it, and at least that first full hour to really feel much.

That’s what happened right after legalization in Colorado—a 19-year-old died after consuming a marijuana cookie. He had one piece, twiddled his thumbs for 30 to 60 minutes, didn’t feel anything, so ate the rest of the cookie. Two-and-a-half hours later, he jumped to his death off a fourth-floor balcony. A month later, a second guy apparently went psychotic and fatally shot his wife while she was calling 911 for help.

A common story for these kinds of cases was eating the recommended serving size, feeling nothing, and so, then deciding to eat the rest, ending up restrained in the psych ward complaining that they’re god or mutilating themselves because “friends wanted their energy back.”

The marijuana industry responded by basically blaming the victims, saying look, “No one buys a bottle of Jim Beam and thinks they should consume it all in one sitting.” Yeah, but people do expect to be able to eat a whole cookie. I mean, who eats just one-tenth of a cookie?

I mean, you look at other over-the-counter products, and there’s specific labeling as to dosing and warnings. “It seems odd…that edible cannabis…is not held to the same standard as a bottle of [Tylenol].” In 2016, Colorado Regulators did enact new rules for labeling edibles, including their THC content, right on the label. How accurate are those labels, though? We didn’t know, until…they were put to the test. “Of 75 products purchased, [involving] 47 different brands [of edibles], [only] 17% were accurately labeled.” Only about one in six came within 10% of the labeled value. “The greatest likelihood of obtaining [more-than-you-bargained-for] products was in Los Angeles,” whereas Seattle seemed to tend to over-inflate their labels.

It’s hard to study marijuana of any kind, due to illegality, but based on a hundred thousand tweets about edibles, most people, it seems expressed a “positive opinion,” for what it’s worth.

One unexpected benefit arose in a focus group of teens on marijuana edibles. Several students in high school, it seemed, were eager “to learn how to cook.”

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Smoking marijuana “can create respiratory problems.” And so, vaporized cannabis is one alternative, as I’ve talked about before. But what about eating it?

“Vaping is likely less harmful than smoking,” and marijuana edibles are another alternative, but may carry increased risks to children and increased risk of overdosing. I’d add a third risk to that, and that’s pets. “Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado…, edibles comprise almost half of total cannabis sales,” and a “significant correlation” was found between the rise in use and the rise in marijuana toxicosis cases at veterinary hospitals, contributing, they think, to two dog deaths in the state.

Thankfully, “[t]here have been no reported deaths [among] children from marijuana exposure,” though some have ended up on life support—as an edible marijuana overdose can “lead to severe respiratory depression.” Colorado regional poison control cases did increase significantly after recreational pot became legal, and at a higher rate than the rest of the United States, which is one reason the American Academy of Pediatrics continues to oppose legalization.

In the very least, they shouldn’t be packaged like this. Some states have since banned selling marijuana-infused candy with that kind of imagery, but to play it safe, maybe we shouldn’t be making cannabis candy at all.

“To put this in perspective,” though, “the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center” reported thousands of kids in Colorado “required treatment after accidentally ingesting [things like] cosmetics [and] vitamins,” compared to the relatively few cases involving marijuana edibles. And you want to talk about poisoning deaths? How about alcohol? Whereas deaths attributed to marijuana are few and far between, though, there have been a few.

The problem is that you may not feel an effect from edibles for an hour or two after consumption, and so, you don’t know how much to take, and may then over-consume after an hour since you haven’t felt anything yet. But it takes like three hours for cannabis compounds to peak in your bloodstream, compared to just like 10 minutes when you smoke it, and at least that first full hour to really feel much.

That’s what happened right after legalization in Colorado—a 19-year-old died after consuming a marijuana cookie. He had one piece, twiddled his thumbs for 30 to 60 minutes, didn’t feel anything, so ate the rest of the cookie. Two-and-a-half hours later, he jumped to his death off a fourth-floor balcony. A month later, a second guy apparently went psychotic and fatally shot his wife while she was calling 911 for help.

A common story for these kinds of cases was eating the recommended serving size, feeling nothing, and so, then deciding to eat the rest, ending up restrained in the psych ward complaining that they’re god or mutilating themselves because “friends wanted their energy back.”

The marijuana industry responded by basically blaming the victims, saying look, “No one buys a bottle of Jim Beam and thinks they should consume it all in one sitting.” Yeah, but people do expect to be able to eat a whole cookie. I mean, who eats just one-tenth of a cookie?

I mean, you look at other over-the-counter products, and there’s specific labeling as to dosing and warnings. “It seems odd…that edible cannabis…is not held to the same standard as a bottle of [Tylenol].” In 2016, Colorado Regulators did enact new rules for labeling edibles, including their THC content, right on the label. How accurate are those labels, though? We didn’t know, until…they were put to the test. “Of 75 products purchased, [involving] 47 different brands [of edibles], [only] 17% were accurately labeled.” Only about one in six came within 10% of the labeled value. “The greatest likelihood of obtaining [more-than-you-bargained-for] products was in Los Angeles,” whereas Seattle seemed to tend to over-inflate their labels.

It’s hard to study marijuana of any kind, due to illegality, but based on a hundred thousand tweets about edibles, most people, it seems expressed a “positive opinion,” for what it’s worth.

One unexpected benefit arose in a focus group of teens on marijuana edibles. Several students in high school, it seemed, were eager “to learn how to cook.”

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  1. OK having had personal experience with this I suppose I must comment. It was about 35 years ago that I was moving to another city. As part of that I decided to harvest the marijuana plant that I had growing in a closet. But transporting across state lines struck me as a bad idea so I disguised it by making a huge batch of brownies. Now keep in mind, this cooking ingredient was dried whole crushed leaves. In this form the absorption rate was slower than the ground leaves or oils that might be used today. So a friend had to try one. I had done so and allowed her only half a brownie. After about 45 minutes she was convinced it was not going to affect her and began arguing for another half. We argued for quite a while before I gave in and gave her another half. Scarcely 5 minutes later she started to feel it. Luckily she did not develop any adverse effects other than a fright and needing to be comforted all night.

    OK my point is that while alcohol and e.g. fried chicken can be much worse, we do need to have some serious regulations or at least warnings in place to reduce possible overdoses like this which easily could have gotten out of hand with the right individual. .My reason for no longer ingesting it in any way is that it readily becomes a monumental waste of time. But then the same argument might be made about video games.

    1. The dude who ate a cookie and jumped off the roof did not die of cannabis edibles, he died of suicide. Unlees he wrote down or stated that he was going to do this because he felt so bad from the edible, we are speculating, at best on his motive. Maybe he wanted to get high one last time. Or maybe the cannabis did not releve his mental anguish as he had hoped.

      1. Excellent point Roger Nehring. Marijuana has been a part of mankind’s pharmacopoeia for countless millennia.

        91 people die every day from pharmaceutical opioids. Of all patients who take a prescription drug (70% of adult Americans,) 13% have an active prescription for an opioid.

        An average of 13 prescriptions are written every day for every man, woman, and child in the US.

        Perhaps the AMA and Big Pharma have other motivations to malign Mary Jane than concern for public health.

      2. And the horror of the kids. Most folks don’t know this, but more children are sent to emergency from ingesting dishwasher pods than anything else. Where is the out rage?
        This was a very disingenuous video and I’m sorry, but well below Dr. Greger’s usual quality.
        Lets not forget all the children with seizures who have been given a second chance in life because of cannabis or the opioid addicts who have also been given another chance because of the healing powers.
        And no mention of the fact that alcohol sales dropped from legalization and how many dollars and lives have we saved from that.
        Didn’t think Dr Greger was into reefer madness.

        1. If marijuana was a patented pharmaceutical rather than a miraculous/ubiquitous weed, the medical profession would be exalting it rather than condemning it.

        2. WOW! Dr. Gregor and reefer madness really????? Really???? You pushed send on that and it’s public now—where adults go.
          I watched the video again and he clearly shows studies in which more children are harmed from ingesting “cosmetics and household chemicals” than MJ. Same for alcohol. He only mentioned Tylenol to illustrate dosing and MJ edibles lack thereof.
          Someone else complained about his “tone” and mentioned Nixon—-w-w-w-ha-a-at????? There was no “tone”. There was no advocacy for Big Pharma or Big anything else in the video.
          Whenever Dr. G has a video on weed, the anger and accusations (from the pro crowd) start flying FOR NO REASON. Perhaps, you consumed more than 1/10 of a cookie and are have an “episode”, Lol.
          I notice that the usual, mature, intelligent, informative commenters are missing today and with that I bid you adieu. Snark away! Hahaha

          1. Why is revealing some concerns constitute reefer madness? My brother hit me with the same shit when I began raising concerns after my stepson developed schizophrenia after smoking dabs. Let’s be sensible about it, especially if we want it to stay legal.

          2. Yeah, the potheads always get upset when he discusses the evidence and doesn’t conclude that mj is perfectly safe, totally without side-effects and a miraculous boon to humanity to boot.

            1. I agree.

              Looking at those wrappers, they are planning on doing the same thing as they do with food and young people’s brains do get damaged.

              I actually know a few cases where people did try to murder people which involved pot.

              One was a pot brownie party where two people pulled out power tools saying they were going to murder people. One of them slipped on ice and a young pothead drove away.

              Another was a young pothead had gotten clean but moved in with a hospital security guard who used pot and sold it. The security guard wrapped something around his neck and said that he was going to strangle him and a fight ensued. The young person became so terrified that he got off of it.

              One was a man who changed personalities after smoking pot and was declared schizophrenic and tried to murder his father. The thing is, he never had done anything violent before then or in the decade or maybe 15 years since then.

              I know more people than that who developed brain problems, but more than that I looked at those wrappers and I haven’t eaten milk chocolate in so long and I wanted to eat all of them in one sitting. Laughing. Not kidding. It was like a Halloween memory response. No,I didn’t go buy chocolate, and haven’t thought of chocolate that way in a while, but I honestly had a craving for chocolate response to the images.

      3. ROGER:

        My experience is pot distorts the emotions and lowers blood sugar,
        (which is why people get the ?munchies”),
        both of which can certainly lead one to suicide.

  2. Oh man!
    My cannabis edibles were wrapped up in my homework, and my dog ate my completed homework assignment along with my cannabis edibles, and then aliens stole my dog.

    And that’s the Gods honest truth professor…

  3. I’m usually a “Live and Let Live” kind of guy, not wanting to interfere in other people’s personal lives. And I feel sorry for those people who get addicted to drugs and want to stop, but can’t. But now that I’m forced to pay for other people’s healthcare, it really pains me to see marijuana and other harmful illegal drugs so freely available now.

    1. Darwin Galt, then you must really be pained by all those who live a piss poor lifestyle, and suffer the health consequences, racking up big to huge medical bills as a result. The big food corporations which sell highly addictive but seriously unhealthy junk food must drive you right around the bend. Factory farming? All those animal products which so many of us gobble down, to our detriment? And this is food we’re talking about, the “staff” of life. Not tobacco or alcohol, for starters.

      “A prescription is a permission slip to continue an unhealthy lifestyle.”

      Somehow, I don’t see you as a “Live and Let Live” kind of guy, but rather as selective in what you want to control.

      1. Dr J, Actually, I follow a whole plant food way of eating and before that, I was a vegan, but don’t use the word vegan now because I dropped the vegan processed junk food. I actually follow Dr Greger’s Daily Dozen very closely except for the larger quantities. And I constantly advise my family and friends against animal foods, especially meat, eggs, and dairy, because I know it is detrimental to their health.

        So, yes, it also pains me that large corporations are contributing to the poor health of the general public.by convincing people to eat the wrong foods through their advertising. But I don’t see how adding cannabis cookies in candy wrappers to the mix helps. Isn’t it just a move towards selling to a wider consumer base and enticing younger people to consume a product that can be so dangerous?

        But, frankly, I don’t know what the solution is! I’m not in favor of more laws and regulations, because that just creates.more useless bureaucracy and opportunities for more corruption. Along the spectrum, I lean toward individual freedom plus individual responsibility.

        And I do think that many bad health habits come from many people just being irresponsible and ignoring the healthy recommendations of people like Dr Greger, rather than a lack of knowledge. Don’t we all know people who refuse to change their habits, even when told their habits are bad for them? Should we, who try to lead healthy lives, be forced to pay for those who ignore all the warnings?

        Hope this adds some clarity to my first posting.

        1. Darwin Galt, thank you for posting your clarification.

          I think we both agree that “adding cannabis cookies in candy wrappers” is a bad idea. Edibles should be clearly labeled with contents and dose — which should be the whole wrapped item, not part of it — with warnings not to exceed this dose, and the time period expected to feel it’s effects.

          My position has long been that marijuana should be legal, regulated, and taxed. And that a portion of the taxes collected should be spent on drug education. But as you have pointed out, education is an uphill battle. But I also believe that the costs to society of keeping marijuana illegal, in terms of law enforcement and incarceration, which are unevenly and unfairly practiced and applied, and the personal, family, and community devastation that results, is too high. These costs also include the development of powerful criminal organizations, which are not limited to marijuana, but which might be weakened by legalizing marijuana. I also believe that all drugs should be decriminalized, for the same reasons.

          And yes, as a society, we pay for the poor decisions made by others. Bankruptcy comes to mind. But medical care costs should be shared by all, with one part of such care being education about evidence based practices.

          I keep hoping that I can act as a positive example, but that is not sufficiently persuasive. Adding my husband and my brother isn’t, either. And my brother lost 70 pounds after switching to plant based eating and starting to exercise, and went off several meds, including for diabetes. He tried to persuade an overweight, out-of-shape, diabetic friend to change at least his diet with no success — and recently his friend had his foot amputated mid-calf. It’s very discouraging. I don’t know what works, either. That is a topic of huge interest to me. And probably to you, too.

        2. But, frankly, I don’t know what the solution is! I’m not in favor of more laws and regulations, because that just creates.more useless bureaucracy and opportunities for more corruption. Along the spectrum, I lean toward individual freedom plus individual responsibility.
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          Valid point of view. One solution I could offer is having some of the tax profits go toward PSAs (Public Service Announcements) like the ones we see against texting and driving. Kept in the public’s attention these things do work, just as advertising works.

    2. ” . . . other harmful illegal drugs so freely available now.” Ninety oneAmericans die from prescription opioids every day. So far marijuana is reported to have killed only two dogs, and that’s over a period of countless millennia.

    3. People like you are so gullible. Why don’t you tell us about being forced to pay for people’s health care for everything from tobacco to alcohol to pharmaceutical drugs to fried chicken to caffeine which all total have killed millions and millions, but you want to draw the line in the sand for something that has been linked to the deaths of 3 people. And I say linked. They didn’t die from the cannabis, they died from their actions while ingesting cannabis. Not a word about their mental states or whether they ingested any other substance.
      And lets not forget that cannabis products have been used for hundreds of years. Where are all the body bags?

      1. I am in total agreement, Jed, except that MJ has been in the human pharmacopoeia not for hundreds for years, but for MILLENNIA!

  4. Although this video shows that caution is needed to prevent overdoses, it doesn’t really answer the question of whether it is safe (or even beneficial) when used in proper doses. Also, leaving aside cannabis, CBD appears to be everywhere now, and the claim is that it has none of the effects of THC. What do we know about this?

  5. We had a precious dog with cancer who’s final year of life was made comfortable by the addition of THC oil to her food. I am grateful that we were able to do that for her. The pharmaceuticals that the Vet prescribed for her for pain relief tore up her stomach and caused bloody diarrhea. The THC oil did not cause any disturbing side effects.

  6. I’m very pro-legalization. I have worked in marijuana legal defense issues for decades, seeing legal abuse after legal abuse by the authorities who are supposed to be protecting us–including the police murder of an innocent wealthy man alleged to be a marijuana grower, and the routine robbery and pilfering of the property of drug suspects by arresting officers–including the drugs which they confiscate, dilute for court and resell on the black market. So I am very wary of the official regulators such as the DEA, who I have watched lie with absolute impunity time and again when giving official testimony in federal and state courts.

    I have used MJ myself for nearly 50 years, and tend to prefer edibles, BUT the packaging of these adult drugs needs to be properly regulated without the sales hype associating them with candy. They should be sold in individual doses, with strong warnings about the time from ingestion to effect. Dr. G. is quite right that no one expects a cookie to have the wallop which some apparently have. And multi-dose candy bars should be banned.

    Oddly, just one week ago today I was hiking up a mountain in a foreign country where MJ is strictly illegal. I had a professional guide. At a rest stop around 11:00 he asked me if I objected to him smoking. Since it would energize us and ease some physical discomforts I readily agreed to this unexpected addition to my tour package.

    Then he pulled out a little hash ball but found that he didn’t have any matches or lighter for it. So I suggested that we eat it. We split the small blueberry-sized chunk and continued up the mountain for several hours. We didn’t get near the summit. About 2:00 we started back down. The guide told me that he was “toasted” but I still wasn’t feeling much. We needed to get off the mountain before dark since the trail was difficult. Perhaps another hour later we paused and sat to relax. Now some four hours after ingestion I was becoming woozy and couldn’t get back up without fainting. The hash was causing my blood pressure to plummet, and I had gotten far more than I bargained for. I ended up laying on the ground, unable to even sit up, much less stand and walk. My guide asked if I needed a rescue team to carry me down, and to my great shame and embarrassment I had to agree that he should call for help before the tropical light faded. My bad.

    He ran off to get help while I lay rather blissfully on the forest floor contemplating this absurd dilemma. After an hour I sat up. After another half hour I decided to try getting on my feet. It worked, so I headed down the path alone. Ten minutes later I met my guide and three men coming up with a stretcher. We continued down the mountain. I was feeling weak but could walk under my own power. Then they found a horse to put me on. We continued another kilometer or two until I reached the ambulance my guide had called. I crawled in and was transported to the local clinic where my blood sugar tested at 97 and my BP at 110/70. They felt that I could use an IV for an hour to raise my sugar, but my guide and I decided to check out and get something to eat instead. I rode behind him on his dirt bike to the home where I was staying. There was no charge for any of the medical care or the ambulance ride. Admission to the clinic only consisted of giving my name and age. Check out consisted of walking out the door.

  7. It is an unarguable fact that more kids and families lives have been destroyed by prohibition, than have ever been harmed in it’s entire history by the ingestion or consumption of cannabis.
    And lets remember the racist reasons for the laws in the first place.
    So frustrating to see supposed intelligent people still spouting old propaganda.

    1. I agree with you, Jed Maple. However, I think you may have missed one of the major points of the video. As I understood it, Dr. G brought up the point that these edibles should be held to the same standards as a bottle of Tylenol, and that people expect to be able to eat a whole cookie or brownie.

      The point is form, packaging & labeling. How wise is it to make these edibles to look like something that they’re not? Especially when in it’s in a form that’s attractive to children? He brought up the fact that children & pets died & have been hospitalized from ingesting household products. So why add something to that terrible mix that looks & smells like candy but isn’t, especially when it’s unnecessary to make it look that way.

      I don’t have a problem with legalization. And I don’t have a problem with demands that it be held to some sort of safety standards.

  8. I truly appreciate Dr Greger and all the work you guys do.
    I have to take exception to the “tone” of the edibles video. I don’t use cannabis in any form but know many who do and many for medical reasons.
    When so many people speak to the benefits with such pushback from the feds and even some medical organizations I believe the minor examples of misuse are akin to Trump’s Invasion talk. It creates fear and paranoia over a substance clearly shown to be beneficial.
    The fact that it’s a category 1 drug is an absurd example.
    I just feel the attitude of the video reinforces the opinions of those holding back an opportunity to genuinely move medical use of cannabis out of the dark ages of prohibition and into the positive realm of genuine benefits.
    Thanks!

  9. Here in Washington state (unlike some other states with legal edibles), the maximum dose in a cookie or candy is only 10 mg. Apparently the law here is being altered to make edibles less appealing to children (I’m not sure how they plan to do this; right now some of them taste as good as high-end chocolates). The packaging requirements in Washington are a bit less onerous than in other states, but so far I have not seen packaging anywhere that a dog or cat could not easily defeat.

    One should be very careful about driving on this stuff (I personally would not want to drive on it at all). If planning to drive, it’s good to be aware that even if you took the same dose of an edible product as you have previously taken, you might get a different effect. Unlike alcoholic beverages, the bioavailability of cannabis edibles (essentially the amount that ends up in your bloodstream compared with the dose you put in your stomach) is poor, and is probably potentiated by fats. So depending what one has eaten, the effect obtained from the same dose may vary greatly.

    1. dr_cha, I would never drive while stoned. In fact, the first time I rode as a passenger in a car while stoned, I was struck by how dangerous driving a car was! The speed (35-50 mph) freaked me right out, and I could vividly imagine the results were we to get into an accident. I’ve never forgotten that experience. Every time I get into a car, I’m reminded of how dangerous driving can be.

  10. OH GOOD GRIEF!!, what is this ‘reefer madness stuff? Cannabis users do not ‘end up restrained in the psych ward complaining that they’re god or mutilating themselves because “friends wanted their energy back” ‘. That might be true for PCP but a person who eats too much cannabis will just take a nap. The inexperienced users who over-consume are the ones calling 911 thinking they are dying. Why? They have paranoia. NO ONE who uses cannabis sees ‘energy’ or hallucinates.

    On another note, 1 serving size of cannabis edibles should be packaged individually. Even people making baked pot brownies know to cut them based on the strength so 1 brownie is 1 dose. Yet still we are in America, where the mentality that ‘more is better’ also applies to drugs and many people often take 3 Tylenol because the bottle says take 2.

    1. Yea…ok, but also the reps saying it’s fine to drink the whole 100mg bottle, because that’s the only way they feel it can confuse new users as well. Hailing from Washington and being a strict non-smoker, I know how edibles can effect me. I’m super sensitive to all drugs (legal ones, I’m talking about) and 10 mgs is enough to make me pretty incomprehensible at its peak—like, absolutely can not follow a conversation or remember even simple plot lines. When I first started using, I would legit hallucinate at that dose. My friends would look like cartoons. I was about 25. Most edibles are sold in individual packaging here that is a PAIN to try and open, thank goodness because it REALLY isn’t safe for kids, guys…really. But they also sell drinkables, which are amazing, but you have to dose out with a special shot glass. This is all CLEARLY labeled, but every time I’ve gone to get a drinkable, the customer rep talks about how they drink the WHOLE 100mg (sometimes “200”mg, 100mg THC, 100mgCBD) bottle in a night in order to feel it. These people are way out of my league, and I would never do that BUT my friend who usually vapes the stuff, the first time she got a drinkable drank about half of it bc of how the rep talked about it. She did not have a good day, but learned some lessons. Long story, but biggest point is POT effects EVERYONE DIFFERENTLY. I have many psych friends who swear there is a link between pot usage and teen psychosis. Just because you’re pro-legalization doesn’t mean this plant is harmless. Please, let’s be open minded. We have to admit when and where pot can hurt people (I.e. like really making them want Oreos because they are vegan even if they aren’t “whole food”) but also keep perspective, knowing that people will abuse substances (someone earlier mentioned tide-pods) sometimes unknowingly, or with the best of intentions…And really too strong of a dose and you definitely feel like you’re dying and you can’t ask for help because all your friends are plotting to murder you ;-)

  11. I will be forever grateful for cannabis. I would have committed suicide years ago were it not for the complete pain relief I received from this wonderful plant. I had a disease called Interstitial Cystitis. It feels like you have barbed wire inside your bladder that bangs around all day and is absolutely RIPPED out when you have to pee. I’ve had it all my life. I was also knocked out on opioids and spent 10 years in bed. I went whole food plant based after a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. After about 3 years on this diet, my bladder disease slowly but surely went away. I am finally living again! THANK YOU, CANNABIS!!!! Oh, and a big shout out to whole food plant based living too.

      1. Blair
        You look like you’re in ‘high country’. Where was your picture taken? Like the dogs too!!
        Oh! I am WFPB also for the last 6 years or so.
        I don’t use MJ, haven’t since I was in my late 20s and I’m 66 now, but see no harm in irregular use. But, these days I think what most people are using is a concentrated form. Which is sad. Do people still roll up the dried leaves and smoke it? Of course putting any kind of smoke in your lungs can’t be good for them! Healthy food and exercise can keep you young!! I run for an hour, weekly….but need to do upper body work. BTW, I haven’t mentioned Greger’s video because it would not play! I’ve been following him since I discovers him nearly a year ago.
        Signing off.
        God Bless you all! ✝️

        1. Oh! I can comment on packaging editables. I believe it is a very bad idea. It should be marketed for what it is and not look like candy or cookies! If you want to eat it in a sweet package, do it at home. Children would undoubtedly be picking those up unaware.
          LOVE

        2. That’s in the Franconia Range, White Mountain National Forest Gayle. Yes, diet and exercise. Surprise, surprise. Yoga is excellent for strength BTW. Highly recommended. Good luck my friend.

  12. Though I know that the cases mentioned are serious and I’m not sure how I feel about use and marketing of edibles (e.g. I know people who feel they’ve been helpful) I do have a mildly amusing anecdote. I’d forgotten that my wife was experimenting with mini doses of edibles re. insomnia and noticed some appealing looking chocolate candies in the freezer and decided to eat one (she was using just a small chip of the individual pieces of candy). Though I hadn’t smoked pot in years I was at least able to eventually figure out what was going on (she wasn’t there to remind me what those were), but being involuntarily stoned to the gills wasn’t the most pleasant experience.

  13. Greed + demand = slow cooking tragedy. Humanity does not have self regulation. Not only there is an infestation of humanity alredy, it will be an infestation of walking human zombies with even less self control. What will politics will look in the future? Politicians are pro infestation. Schools are pro infestation. Busnises are pro infestation. We are all doomed from lack of vision.

    1. Panchito, LOL!! “Greed + demand = slow cooking tragedy” is already happening — it’s called the Standard American Diet. How many premature deaths does it cause? How many diseases and disabilities, and lost years of productivity? Quick, since you are so concerned, contact ALL your government reps and tell them to regulate our diets!! Since we can’t do it for ourselves!

      But, really, it’s a win-win situation, first for Big Food, and then for Big Medicine. Both sides profit. It’s the American way! We are all doomed!

  14. Dr. G, I hope that you’re pleased with yourself and your anti-marijuana agenda. Notwithstanding the fact that it’s considered a Class One drug under Nixon’s War on Drugs (a noble effort by a great leader) and that any reviews, tests or articles concerning the drug are closely monitored by the NSA, DEA and other federal agencies, resulting in “scientific research” that is little more than gossip and propaganda, you cite studies without making any effort to determine who funded said study and whether the bases for that study’s conclusions are logically sustainable, as you do in reviewing any other study on actual dietary issues.

    I’ve held a review session with several imaginary friends, and we’ve voted to award you with the honorary Diane Linkletter Medal, for fearmongering and tacitly supporting the millions of people jailed in this country for using a weed, without the government’s permission. The ghost of Dick Nixon thanks you.

  15. Tylenol is a poor comparison considering it’s far more dangerous than cannabis. Diverticulitis surgery taught me that after taking the maximum dose daily for years to treat my chronic pain, all on doctors orders. I didn’t even start to heal until I found cannabis and got rid of all pharmaceuticals. Then 2 years later a plant based diet brought me to a new level. But after 6 years of that I was still stuck with many symptoms from my CRPS and SLE Lupus. On 1/1/2019 I upgraded to a raw vegan diet, and I’ve made more progress in a month than in the last 8 years. Plants are here for our health, and we need the live microbes and bacteria on those plants as badly as the minerals and nutrients contained within. If you’re sick and plant based isn’t doing the trick, try raw, it’s working extremely well for me. I’m 60 and feeling 20 years younger and even looking much younger thanks to what the last month has done for my skin alone.
    Dr Greger’s cherry picking of studies for this video has me wondering about his judgement on other things as well. Stick to your core message and you’ll do better! Your fondness for pharmaceutical medications is very contradictory to your message. You need to spend a lot more time studying the facts surrounding that deadly monopoly before you go there again imho. Reefer Madness was created by competitive industry including pharmaceutical companies and they’re still promoting that BS, starting in the medical schools, which they fund to the point of de facto ownership. The same schools Dr Greger was trained in. We need to remember that built in bias whenever we read his posts or listen to his videos.

  16. My main complaint with marijuana is that growers are selecting for higher and higher THC levels. Sorta like the liquor industry increasing alcohol levels. If I were the Trump of the World, I would lower alcohol levels in beverage sales and set a reasonable level of THC in any product sold.

    If you lower the alcohol levels in drinks, a person gets full of beer or wine and eventually hard liquor drinks get very expensive to get enough to get bombed.

    CBD oil is completely different as everyone (should) recognize it as a medicine.

  17. Dr. G is just presenting the facts here. The facts speak for themselves. Yes, edibles are safe for responsible adult use.

    Are edibles more helpful than other pain relief alternatives? Are they ‘safer’ than generally-regarded-as-safe substances (caffeine, alcohol, herbal supplements, etc)? The jury is out, and mostly anecdotal for now. (I prefer marijuana over pain killers)

  18. This item hurts credibility, being titled “cannabis” and then proceeding to talk about marijuana, Common hemp has nearly zero THC, so it is ignorant to talk about cannabis as if it all gets you high. What are the effects of eating hemp? Probably only healthy ones, but someone needs to “put it to the test.”

  19. Can I ask a question here? Can Amphipterygium adstringens (cuachalalate in Spanish) be used effectively for Crohns and UC? I stumbled upon this on ncbi “Protective Effect of Amphipterygium adstringens Extract on Dextran Sulphate Sodium-Induced Ulcerative Colitis in Mice”
    Can it be used effectively for other GI issues?

  20. This subject has a magnet that brings new people that introduce a twist. It is like if a big fish was supposed to come later to read the average of opinions and make a political judgement. BIG FISH check this out. Every time you use marijuana you deepen yourself in a habit related with dopamine. Your external life naturally rewards you with dopamine. But you can bypass all that by taking marijuana. Your life will not depend on your external actions to get the same result. You’ll lack motivation to do things other than get more marijuana. Purpose loses its meaning for the rest of the life. That will your new habit and everyday aspiration, to get the marijuana that brings you the dopamine without effort. There are medical cases that have a different story because marijuana is used as a treatment not as a habitual lifestyle but those will be minority. Once people create the dopamine habit, it would be impossible to get them out as if removing their life purpose dependency.

  21. Thanks for getting this information out for people to consider. By and large pot is fine, but I have seen for myself plenty of kids messed up after using edibles or smoking concentrated products. We can’t just go willy-nilly into legalization without people having some sense of the dangers to some.

  22. Thanks much for this report. On a different subject some interesting videos are on YouTube under “H2 Minutes with Tywon Hubbard”..

  23. A portion of the marijuana sales tax in Colorado is reserved for education and dealing with public health effects of its legalization in this state. That is ongoing.
    But there will always be people who overdo it no matter what the substance. The points made about individualizing a serving in individual packaging is an excellent one and should be thoroughly instituted. Along with clear consumption instructions. And get rid of the candy-mimicking packaging. It is not candy by any stretch of the imagination.
    Colorado is still refining its entrance into its legalizing-marijuana experiment.

    Hot off the presses: There is now a group in Colorado that wants to legalize psilocibyn mushrooms. Although I voted to legalize marijuana (because it seemed ridiculous to make illegal a weed that grows on this earth), I’m still not certain it was the correct choice. The same logic could be applied to legalizing mushrooms I suppose, but I’m not going to vote in the affirmative if it makes it onto the ballot. Dealing with marijuana is enough for now.

    1. Ruth,

      It will be interesting to see how things pan out.

      Looking at the wrappers, I honestly think they are going to do the same process as food and make sure it is as addictive as possible.

      Those chocolates took me 50 years to break the addiction. The concept of combining them with pot terrifies me for the young people.

  24. People are minimizing the body bags and I brought the cases I knew last time pot came up and I didn’t know that you would have examples.

  25. I feel like it hasn’t been legalized anywhere long enough to know the ramifications yet.

    I will use the examples of processed foods, candy, artificial sweeteners, RoundUp, vegetable oils.

    How many years did it take to figure out how much damage those could do?

    1. Candy isn’t as bad for people as crack would be industry logic, but candy will destroy more people’s health and nobody can get rid of it.

      1. What I mean by that is pot is going to be a collateral damage drug.

        Young people will harm their brains.
        People with mental health issues may kill people, but people want it and people want the money from it like they wanted the casino money.

        Those of us who know gamblers don’t like casinos either, but they kill fewer people than crack and who knows what other addiction those gamblers might get involved in.

  26. For the people who say that people have used it forever without abusing it, I live in a country where people abuse absolutely everything.

    The pleasure traps multiply exponentially.

    The America Effect has not been figured out yet for pot and it will be there.

    I was alive in the 60’s and watched it ruin young people’s lives. My dead friends from high school went in that direction.

    And that was before the American mice learned they could push every button at once and have an even bigger and better brain overstimulating effect.

    1. I guess some of us who watched people ruin their lives, it was always, always, always with a pleasure trap or ten.

      People don’t even need caffeine or sugar or dairy or any substance at all to get addicted.

      Forget about gambling, shopping for pleasure has the average American with something like a $10,000 credit card debt and that raised up dramatically and so has porn addiction and that came with sex crimes and serial killers and child abuse.

      I went WFPB trying to get away from the food pleasure traps, but more people are addicted to all of it than ever.

  27. What I can say is that my “life experience” matched Dr Greger’s whole series on pot exactly and I didn’t know that would happen.

    Life experience also tells me people will get in trouble with it because I have seen it.

    We are a country of addicts.

    50% of the youth acknowledge cell phone addictions.

    80% of the generations millennial’s through baby boomers have debt problems.

    1 in 3 to 2 in 3 people have obesity problems with 1 in 13 having extreme obesity issues.

    Anyone within those categories will have problems if they use pot.

    I knew not to smoke or drink or use drugs because I already struggled with addictions to soda and candy and coffee and other things.

    I knew that subtracting addictions was better than adding addictions.

    1. Give a college kid a credit card and if that is a pleasure centered rather than responsibility centered young person, I don’t need a study to know what is going to happen. Lived through it,

  28. The last time I smoked pot was in 1966. I am very strongly against it now:

    – What all drugs do is cover up emotions such as fear anger etc. I want to feel my feelings.

    – Pot is NOT harmless, I had bad trips.

    etc

  29. I would like to know if opium in its original form was “dangerous”, if many people died from smoking it or eating it (poppy). From what I found, not so much. It seems that it was way safer. It is actually hard to find information, the term ‘opium’ is being “mixed” with opiates.
    The problem apparently with opiates arose since they began isolating its components (morphine, codein, then heroin until synthesizing it (meperidin, fentanyl, etc…) The same thing seems to be happening with marijuana. The big companies concentrate it, isolate THC, modify the genes and synthesize it. That is the problem, the increasing strenght and potency, and the ”remoteness” of its original form. The danger is just like opium: that it becomes too much controlled by the pharmaceutical companies and too different from the original plant. So the art of growing authentic marijuana should be more than ever strongly preserved, away from agro business. Then it’s safety would be preserved.

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