High-Potency Marijuana May Result in an Unexpected Trip…To The ER.

As more states legalize cannabis use, it’s mistakenly assumed that marijuana is a “safe” drug. But more people, particularly teens and young adults, are experimenting with high-potency weed and they’re not just getting very high, they’re also getting very sick, passing out, and ending up in the ER. With the increased popularity and access to vaping and edibles people often end up using weed that contains high amounts of THC, which may increase the chance of harmful side effects.

If you or people you know use weed, and especially high-potency weed, you should be aware of the risks you’re taking and the potential dangers to your health and wellbeing.

Emergency Room Visits Due to Marijuana

The number of ER visits related to marijuana use has been on the rise in the US, mainly due to the increase in the level of THC in many marijuana products.1 This can be a particular problem for people who are new to marijuana.

Products like edibles have complicated matters because people often don’t realize that edibles take time to work, so they take more in an attempt to create a quicker high.1 This can lead to dangerous and harmful health effects.

Vaping also poses many health risks. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported serious lung illnesses and several deaths due to vaping, but they’re still investigating the causes.1  Some reports indicate that vaping products contain THC, and some contain a mixture of marijuana and nicotine, but it’s not clear whether the illnesses are due to one substance.1  Due to potentially adverse effects and until more is known, the CDC has advised people not to use vaping products purchased on the street and to avoid modifying products purchased in stores.

Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is another complication that can occur, mainly in people who have used marijuana in high doses for long periods of time. CHS can cause severe nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain that occurs in cycles.2  It can be extremely unpleasant, but it can be treated with different methods, mainly by stopping marijuana use, receiving pharmacological treatments, and receiving medical treatment for cannabis withdrawal and addiction.

Can you Overdose on Marijuana?

It’s very unlikely to suffer a life-threatening overdose from marijuana, but the effects of too much marijuana may put you at risk of other dangers, such as poisoning, car accidents, falling, injuries, or passing out.3

The signs that you may have used too much marijuana can include:3

  • Extreme confusion.
  • Panic.
  • Paranoia.
  • Anxiety.
  • Fast heart rate.
  • Delusions or hallucinations.
  • Increased blood pressure.
  • Severe nausea or vomiting.

You should also be aware that some research suggests that chronic marijuana use may be associated with the onset of short-term exacerbation of several other mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or other psychotic illnesses.1, 4 

Marijuana Withdrawal

People who use drugs, and even marijuana, can suffer from withdrawal symptoms when they quit, which can make it difficult to stop using.1  Symptoms can include:

  • Grouchiness.
  • Sleeplessness.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Cravings.
  • Anxiety.

Miami Rehab for Alcohol & Drugs

Marijuana is still illegal for most people in Florida, however, it is the drug most often cited as the primary substance of abuse, behind only alcohol, in Miami-Dade County.

If you suspect that you or a friend are struggling with marijuana use, and looking for rehab near Miami you can get help to stop the cycle of drug addiction. Recovery First Treatment Center in Hollywood, FL offer evidence-based treatment methods to help people start the path to recovery. Treatments offered include:

  • Medical detox to help you stop using marijuana and undergo withdrawal in a safe and comfortable setting.
  • Inpatient rehab for people can benefit from a high level of care and support. You live onsite for the duration of treatment.
  • Outpatient programs where you live at home and travel to a treatment center on a set schedule. Since everyone is unique, we offer several outpatient programs on different levels of intensity, which can be beneficial depending on your needs.
  • Aftercare is a form of ongoing care that helps you stay sober once you’ve completed a formal treatment program.
  • Co-occurring disorder treatment, which means we treat both the addiction as well as any co-occurring mental health conditions (such as depression or anxiety).
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