The new Rocky Mountain PBS show “Insight with John Ferrugia” highlights two deaths associated with “dabbing,” the smoking of highly concentrated forms of THC – the psychoactive drug in marijuana — known as “wax” or “shatter”. It also quotes Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment Executive Director Dr. Larry Wolk as saying that, until more studies have been conducted, he supports limiting marijuana potency.

“It’s just very difficult to study what the true impacts are when you’re dealing with all these different levels of potency,” Wolk says.

Wolk adds: “The credible research that exists was all done on THC potency that’s very low compared to what we see being made available through products today.”

Adds Dr. Kari Franson of the University of Colorado School of Pharmacy: “These super high concentrations of THC – we don’t know what happens because we have not been studying it.”

While each serving of marijuana edibles in Colorado is limited to 10 mg of THC, dabbing can deliver as much as 600-800 mg of THC, Franson says.

“Dabbing has become very popular very quickly and nobody has been able to look at dabbers and publish any results because it’s too new,” Franson notes.

We encourage you to watch the 26-minute program and see for yourself. The program will also be rebroadcast Thursday at 7 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS.

Read the associated article: Unintended consequences explored in ‘Colorado: The State of High’



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