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Edibles more likely to land you in the ER than smoking weed, UCHealth report finds

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Cannabis-related emergency room visits at the UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora increased more than 300 percent between 2012 and 2016, according to a new analysis by University of Colorado researchers.

Edible cannabis products were disproportionately more likely to land patients in the ER than inhalable forms of cannabis, the report found. These products were also more likely to be associated with intoxication, acute psychiatric symptoms and cardiovascular symptoms.

"This research suggests that the slower rate of absorption when consuming edible cannabis makes it harder for users to titrate [adjust the dosage for] their desired drug effect," lead clinical researcher Dr. Andrew A. Monte said in a statement. "Thus, some users over-consume edible cannabis products."

If you haven't tried edibles, it's generally recommended to start with one containing 10 mg of THC or less, and wait two or three hours before consuming more.

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