She should not feel so all alone

Previously declared by Nicole (and mentioned here):

Kids might still pick some up and eat them anyway (kids with no taste) but if an adult is fed these unbeknownst to them they are simply a dunderhead who has no sensory awareness at all.

Maureen Dowd, thy head is made of dunder:

The caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar looked so innocent, like the Sky Bars I used to love as a child.

Sitting in my hotel room in Denver, I nibbled off the end and then, when nothing happened, nibbled some more. I figured if I was reporting on the social revolution rocking Colorado in January, the giddy culmination of pot Prohibition, I should try a taste of legal, edible pot from a local shop.

What could go wrong with a bite or two?

And then, of course, she found out:

As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me.

It took all night before it began to wear off, distressingly slowly. The next day, a medical consultant at an edibles plant where I was conducting an interview mentioned that candy bars like that are supposed to be cut into 16 pieces for novices; but that recommendation hadn’t been on the label.

(Via this tweet by HuffPo’s Sam Stein. Originally scheduled for 4:20, but moved up.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    4 June 2014 · 1:19 pm

    Disclaimer: I grew up in the Just Say No era.

    But still. Dowd’s experience makes me even less desirous of trying pot than I ever was otherwise. (Yes, I know: the “consumables” are different from smoking it. Yes, I know: today’s pot is allegedly more potent than that of the Summer of Love.)

    It seems to me that far from being the relaxant I’ve heard it touted as, it made her more anxious. I don’t need to risk anything that could make me more anxious than I already am. (I have heard of that effect in other people)

    I dunno. I suspect the legalization and general acceptance of recreational pot is going to be fraught with unintended consequences, which is why I’d like to tell those Oklahoma politicians eying legalization here (“Just THINK of the tax revenue!”) to wait five or ten years and then see if they still want to follow the Colorado model.

    Yes, I get that it’s being legal means I can still avoid it. And it might mean that no more people use it when it’s legal than use it now. But still. I suspect unintended consequences.

  2. backwoods conservative »

    4 June 2014 · 2:34 pm

    Unlike Bill Clinton, I admit to inhaling.

    I never ate marijuana, but the smoked version was a frequent companion to the alcohol in my long and unsuccessful drinking career. While there were things about it I liked, it did make me paranoid, and that’s an effect that seemed to get worse as the years went by.

    It’s been a long time since I’ve had alcohol or any other mood altering substance in my life, and I do not want to bring any of that back into it.

  3. Jess »

    4 June 2014 · 2:51 pm

    Pot comes in many strengths and using it in food can obscure high concentrations of potent THC, which can intensify emotional, or mental disorders.

    Since pot goodies are basically unregulated in dosage, purity and possible side effects, the results of eating “pot candy” can lead to disaster.

  4. Jack Baruth »

    4 June 2014 · 3:40 pm

    You know, it never occurred to me that they were going to make edibles legal.

    The thing about smoking weed is that the mechanism limits your intake to some extent… what’s next, shooting up THC in a saline solution?

  5. CGHill »

    4 June 2014 · 5:27 pm

    The Main Line is always open.

  6. McGehee »

    4 June 2014 · 9:45 pm

    I smoked it once, out of curiosity, and really didn’t notice any effect. Meh, said Pooh, and declined to acquire the habit.

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