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Marijuana edibles in spotlight in Colorado after student's death


By John Ingold
The Denver Post
Posted:   04/03/2014


Throughout Dr. Scott Bentz's career in emergency medicine, marijuana wasn't something he much worried about.


Perhaps a person a month would come in feeling panicky after smoking pot. A sedative and a quiet room usually did the trick.


"It's the easiest emergency medicine case you're going to see," said Bentz, the medical director of emergency services at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver.


And then came the day a man arrived in the emergency room so sedated and breathing so slowly after eating a marijuana-infused edible that he was nearly comatose.


For the past few months, Bentz said, he's seen more and more patients at the hospital who have consumed marijuana-infused products. And, while the cases don't come close in number or severity to alcohol-related cases, Bentz said they show the kind of problems that can go along with edible marijuana — especially for those trying pot for the first time and who see edibles as a more appealing access point.


Potency amounts vary. It's far easier to overconsume than it is with smoking. And the products can affect everyone differently, from intense anxiety to excessive sedation.


"The edibles are just a whole different ball of wax," Bentz said. "You just don't know what you're going to get.".....