Dr. David Sack Discusses Dangers of Edibles With CBS-LA
A news report by CBS Los Angeles titled “Edibles Are the Frontier in California’s Emerging Marijuana Industry,” which aired on May 4, 2017, highlighted the surge of edibles in the multibillion-dollar cannabis industry.
The news segment reported that edibles currently comprise 43 percent of the market share in legalized marijuana, coming in all shapes and forms – from goldfish crackers and candies to breath mints and potato chips.
California recently voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use, with sales expected to begin next year. This development has what the news report calls “ganjapreneurs” scrambling to get aboard the cannabis cash cow, concocting even more innovative edible pot items.
Why There’s Cause for Concern
As part of the news segment, CBS-LA interviewed Dr. David Sack, M.D., Vice Chairman and Chief Medical Officer, Elements Behavioral Health about potential risks of the booming edibles industry amidst the upcoming changes to California’s marijuana laws.
Dr. Sack’s concern is twofold. Though some states are legalizing marijuana, it still has potential for abuse and addiction. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that 1.6 million adults aged 26 or older had a marijuana use disorder in 2015 and approximately 1.8 million young adults aged 18 to 25 had a marijuana use disorder that same year.
“If more people eat edibles, we’re going to see more people addicted over time,” said Dr. Sack.
Dr. Sack is also concerned about the appeal edibles have to children, noting that states where recreational marijuana is legal have seen an increase in emergency room trips. Currently, there is little monitoring of how edible cannabis products are packaged and marketed.
“There’s going to be a significant risk of accidental poisonings of children unless we take measures … before it becomes legal,” Dr. Sack said.