Due to the increased usage of cannabis within the US over the last few years, we are beginning to see adverse effects on those who are choosing to use the drug. In an article on Yahoo by Nate Guzowski, he explains that people who are using edibles are experiencing negative effects due to overconsumption. Edibles, unlike smokeable cannabis can take some time to kick-in, sometimes up to an hour or two. This delayed fuse leads inexperienced users to take more than the recommended dose. Many first-time users are reporting negative effects due to taking one too many edibles in the time it takes one to kick in.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 31.5 million individuals over the age of 12 have used cannabis within the US over the last month. These rates are growing at around 10% each year. Along with this, edibles sales have rose 60% from 2019 to 2020 with a market share of $1.23 billion. Increased marijuana usage in the states was to be expected with legalization becoming more common, what was somewhat shocking is the dramatic increase in medical emergencies due to cannabis consumption. According to Guzowski, reports involving cannabis rose from 8.4% to 31.2% from 2017-2019.
Companies like Anebulo Pharmaceuticals are developing treatments to address the issues with these edible overdoses as well as other marijuana products. Anebulo is hoping that their products can swiftly negate marijuana symptoms if a person has ingested too much, keeping them out of the emergency room. The treatments have already been tested in clinical studies and are safe. Phase two clinical studies are happening now in 2021.
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