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Student’s Death In Colorado Raises Questions On Pot And Health – Latimes.com

One large brownie can contain up to 10 servings, or 100 milligrams, of THC. Dr. Paula Riggs, a psychology professor and director of the division of substance dependence at the University of Colorado Denver , says smoking marijuana hits the central nervous system quickly. But edible marijuana has a delayed reaction so people often keep eating, looking for a buzz. “A half-hour later they are on their back,” she said. Health officials also are concerned that edible marijuana could be become an on-ramp for pre-teens and teenagers to regular marijuana use. Frequent marijuana use by adolescents at a time when their brains are still developing has been linked in some research to the loss of 6 to 8 IQ points in adulthood a result not dissimilar from lead poisoning, Riggs said. There already are incidences of young children ingesting edible marijuana. Even before passage of the legalization initiative, at least 14 children who had ingested marijuana went to the emergency room at Children’s Hospital Colorado between 2009 and 2011, according to a study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. All were under 12; one was 8 months old.
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