Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Increased Burn Injuries after Marijuana Legalization

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Increased Burn Injuries after Marijuana Legalization

Article excerpt

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is associated with anxiety, psychosis, and symptoms of depression, with excessive use of marijuana revealing underlying psychiatric disorders over a period of time.

Researchers experimenting with new ways to produce and use THC have noted unexpected problems such as cyclic vomiting, a prevalence of bums, and health care visits owing to ingested THC-laced products.

The bum center at the University of Colorado has received a substantially higher number of patients with bums related to marijuana smoking. In just the past 2 years, the center has had 31 admissions for marijuanarelated bums, some cases involving more than 70 percent of the body surface area and 21 requiring skin grafting. Most of these cases were attained through flash bums involving the extraction of THC from the marijuana plant with butane used as a solvent. …

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