May 3, 2021
With the legalization of marijuana in many states has come an explosion of “edible” marijuana products (my first hit in a very cursory Google search landed on the website for Wylde, an Oregon company that offers eight different gummy-flavored edibles and three chocolate varieties).
And the rise of edibles may also mean a rise in motor vehicle collisions.
According to this article in the Atlantic, when someone smokes a joint, what goes into the bloodstream is called delta-9 THC. When that person eats a cannabis product, however, the drug gets processed by the liver into a different compound, 11-hydroxy THC. The two forms are very similar to each other, but the small differences between them can mean they affect the brain in dramatically disparate ways. The 11-hydroxy THC affects people more intensely once it crosses the blood-brain barrier, leaving people more likely to be impaired when, for instance, operating machinery.
My suggestion? Don’t eat and drive.