POT, EMERGENCIES, AND PSYCHOSIS
Marijuana may, as a presidential candidate recently said, bring joy to a lot of people, but it’s also bringing dire health consequences to some.
In Colorado, ER visits related to marijuana have surged to 33 times what would have been expected without legalization, a University of Colorado team found. Many of the additional visits involved cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, which causes terrible stomach pain and vomiting.
Separately, a European study looked at patients hospitalized in several cities for their first case of psychosis, and found that use of strong marijuana nearly doubled the chances of becoming psychotic. Those who used marijuana daily were three times more likely to become psychotic than those who never do.
The study found more psychosis in places where high potency weed is available, like London, Paris, and Amsterdam, and less in places where the drug is less powerful.