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Woman accuses coworker of giving her marijuana edible

Published On: 06-02-2017 in Category: Addiction, Marijuana, Substance Abuse

A 36-year-old man from Rosemead was recently accused of giving a chocolate bar laced with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) to his 20-year-old female colleague working in a restaurant in the 400 block of Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. After eating a portion of the bar, the woman got disoriented and confused. She was also unable to continue her shift at the restaurant.

Investigating authorities discovered that Duong Che had offered a portion of a chocolate bar to the woman that contained THC, which is responsible for the euphoric high found in marijuana. Upon further investigation, the authorities also found a marijuana chocolate bar in Che’s car. Additionally, detectives also seized about 70 ecstasy pills and more than $600 in cash from his car. They also found drug proceeds of $4,300 in cash in his Rosemead home.

“Based on the circumstances, it can be concluded that Che knowingly gave the victim an edible without her knowledge that it contained the THC,” said Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy Ehren Nehira. Che was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance for distribution and was booked into the Ventura Sheriff’s Office East County Jail.

THC is harmful psychoactive component in marijuana

Almost half of the United States has opted for legalization of marijuana in some form or the other. Such a change of perceptions and laws has spiked a great interest in assessing the therapeutic value of the drug. Regardless of its legality, it is important to remember that smoking pot is accompanied by several medical risks. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug, the highest rank as defined by the U.S. Controlled Substances Act.

Increasing level of THC in the blood stream is responsible for the “high” in users. If deposited anywhere in the heart, brain and liver, marijuana metabolites are generally accumulated in fat cell, making detoxification a very complicated and lengthy process unlike other substances such as cocaine and heroin. Research shows that THC has a half-life of one to two weeks in the body, after which the intensity of the chemical will gradually fade away, but will not vanish in its entirety. In the U.S., most drug tests are said to be positive if the THC density is above 50mg/ml. Also, the concentration of toxins in the bodies of a pot addict and someone who has smoked a single joint will differ largely. However, how long the drug stays in the body depends on several factors:

  • Duration of smoking marijuana
  • Quantity of marijuana smoked
  • Strength of the drug
  • Body fat percentage of smoker
  • Amount of exercise done by the smoker

Complete legalization of marijuana has been on the agenda of several states. But, unfortunately, advocates for legalization hardly speak of the risk of marijuana addiction. Fighting addiction can be a challenging task. Remember that the secret to addiction treatment lies in educating people about it.

Battling marijuana addiction

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Thousand Oaks Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you avail one of the best addiction treatment programs and embark on your journey to sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 805-266-7122 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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