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State officials address recreational marijuana over consumption

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With the rising popularity of marijuana, state officials are warning about cannabis over consumption. 

“A lot of people are doing edibles and they’re not used to that,” said Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas. “You need to know to take it in small doses and see what happens.”

If over consumed, pot with elevated levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can cause feelings of stress or paranoia for first-time consumers.

At the launch of retail marijuana sales, the department of taxation suggested a consumption limit of 10 milligrams of THC per edible.

"The effect of edibles can be much stronger and take two hours or more before the consumer fully feels it," said Stephanie Klapstein with the Department of Taxation. "Officials caution consumers to start with one serving that has no more than 10 milligrams of THC, and wait at least two hours before having more."

“If you had too much [marijuana], you can buy [a counteracting product] at the dispensary,” said Segerblom.

According to John Kent, an inventory curator at Jardin dispensary near Desert Inn and McLeod, consuming Cannabidiol (CBD) can alleviate over consumption. 

THC is psychoactive, while CBD is not. Kent said both compounds are cannabinoids, however, they interact with the body differently.

“The CBD counteracts the psychoactive component of THC,” Kent said. “If you’re too high, ingest some CBD and it will reduce that stony high.”

Kent said consumers can use CBD in the form of lotion and chap stick, but it is most effective in vape form.

“CBD is starting to get the spotlight to help people feel better, be better, and uplift the quality of life,” said Kent.

Other ways to consume safely: Go easy on your dose, find a safe space to get high, and talk to a bud tender about the right strain for you.

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