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What Are Some Alternatives to Marijuana?

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The legalization of marijuana for recreational use has occurred in nearly half the nation. As a result, people are freely experimenting with different ways of processing the drug into unique and usable forms. The ones that are convenient, simple, and/or provide a quick, potent high get extra points from drug makers, and a number of them are gaining in popularity among users. Edibles and dabs, or hash oil concentrate, are both on the edge of the trend that has become recreational marijuana use. Unfortunately, marijuana addiction treatment is often necessary when people explore all of these weed alternatives.

Unfortunately, both of these forms of marijuana, however trendy and alternative they may be, are often dangerous to make and even more dangerous to use. The risks can include bodily harm, medical emergencies, and even death—a reality far from the innocent, all-natural image that many try to put on the drug.

What Are Dabs?

“Dabs” is the popular slang term used to refer to hash oil concentrate. While hash oil has been in existence for a considerable period, the latest concentrated version, known as butane hash oil (BHO), brings a significant difference. It is worth noting that the use of BHO is banned in Washington, and Colorado is actively working to regulate it. The reason behind these measures is primarily due to the potential dangers associated with its production, which can be fatal.

Across the country, there have been incidents of explosions caused by individuals attempting to infuse marijuana buds, or trim, with butane. The potency of BHO is often overwhelming for those who use it. The name “dabs” stems from the saying, “Just a dab’ll do ya.” This indicates that only a small amount is needed to experience a highly intense high. BHO typically contains around 80 to 90% THC, the active ingredient in marijuana responsible for the euphoric effects, whereas regular marijuana usually ranges between 15 to 18% THC. This stark contrast in potency means that users may unintentionally consume more than they can handle, leading to hospitalization as a result.

What Are Marijuana Edibles?

Candy, beef jerky, baked goods, and even gourmet and food truck food have been infused with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. This innovative approach aims to provide users with a high without the need for smoking or exposing others to smoke, which may be undesirable in certain situations. However, it is important to note that the use of marijuana edibles has not been without its challenges.

In Colorado, for example, many deaths caused by the use of marijuana edibles have occurred. One tragic incident involved a young man who consumed the recommended dose of a marijuana cookie, which accounted for just 1/6 of the baked good. When he didn’t experience any effects, he made the fateful decision to consume the rest of the cookie. Sadly, later that night, he ended his life by jumping off a building.

Marijuana candies have also been linked to fatalities. In Colorado, nine deaths were attributed to these candies, while an additional 12 deaths occurred at a recent Coachella music festival. These candies, with names like “Uncle Tweety’s Chewy Flipper” and “Gummy Satans,” combined Jell-O with vodka and minced marijuana. They had a devastating impact on some individuals, causing hallucinations and severe anxiety. It is evident that even in seemingly innocent forms, marijuana can pose significant risks to many individuals.

These incidents highlight the importance of understanding the potential dangers associated with marijuana, especially when consumed in edible forms. The legalization and regulation of marijuana have brought about new opportunities for exploration. However, it is crucial to exercise caution and make informed decisions to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals.

Co-Occurring Substances of Abuse

Many users of marijuana combine the use of the drug with other substances to detrimental effect. Among recreational users, alcohol and marijuana are a common combo, and those who use the drug for medicinal purposes may use the drug in conjunction with other pain management medications like painkillers.

One man in Colorado shot his wife after eating marijuana edibles and taking prescription painkillers. Like many other illicit substances, marijuana—even in alternative forms—is exponentially more dangerous when combined with the use of other mind-altering substances.

If you believe that someone you love is abusing marijuana in any form and it is causing him to harm himself or others, don’t wait to take action.

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