Costly Effects of EATING Marijuana

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“Research has suggested that regular cannabis use may have detrimental effects on brain development, psychiatric health, and heart health.” – National Institutes for Health

Nov 12, 2019 |

FOX Business  – Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters will miss out on a hefty check this season following his suspension Friday over an incident in which he required medical attention after eating a cannabis-infused edible during the team’s charter flight to Los Angeles.

[The team had played in Denver, Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal, two nights earlier. – Ed.]

The Heat suspended Waiters without pay for 10 games, citing “a number of instances this season in which Dion has engaged in conduct detrimental to the team.”

While the Heat have yet to publicly comment on the details, Waiters experienced a bad reaction after eating pot gummies and passed out on the team plane, according to multiple reports.

“Edible cannabis gummies are a tasty way to open your mind while satisfying your sweet tooth. The nice thing about marijuana gummies is that you can imbibe with them just about any way that you want to. You’ll find a number of edibles gummies available such as gummy worm, bears, sours, strips, fruit snacks and more. Basically, pretty much any gummy shape you can think of has been infused with weed.” – coloradocannabistours.com

Waiters has a clause in his contract that would pay him a $1.2 million bonus if he played in at least 70 of the Heat’s 82 games during the 2019-20 season. The suspension effectively cost Waiters a chance at earning the lucrative bonus.

The 27-year-old guard will also lose a portion of his $12.1 million salary during the suspension, pushing the incident’s total cost beyond $2 million … Read more. 

WHAT EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT EDIBLE MARIJUANA … 

“Marijuana edibles can elicit extreme, adverse reactions.” – Michael Smoker, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

“The effects from smoking marijuana only takes minutes. Edibles, however, take between 1-3 hours because food is absorbed into the bloodstream through the liver. Because it takes longer, the user may end up consuming longer amounts of the drug while thinking the drug isn’t working.” – Drug Enforcement Administration

“Taken in large doses, marijuana edibles can lead to anxiety attacks, paranoia and hallucinations. Several case reports involving kids who took edibles found that respiratory insufficiency can also be a major side effect in young children.” DrugAbuse.com 

“One of the most significant factors in the decision to use cannabis-infused edibles is the perception that edibles avoid the harmful toxins and health risks that may be associated with smoking. Because the health risks associated with smoking tobacco are substantial , the risks of smoked cannabis are often assumed to be similarly severe. However, the accuracy of this assumption is unclear … In addition to health issues that are likely confined to smoking cannabis, research has suggested that regular cannabis use may have detrimental effects on brain development, psychiatric health, and heart health.” National Institutes for Health