Dr. Mehmet Oz examined the dangers of edible marijuana and discussed Kim Zolciak’s 50-pound rapid weight loss diet and workout secrets on the Sept. 15 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz is alarmed that marijuana, which has been legalized for medical use in 23 states, is being consumed by children in snacks such as brownies, gummy candies, cookies and soft drinks.
Oz tested several audience members (including moms) and found many could not tell the difference between an edible marijuana snack and a regular drug-free snack.
While Dr. Oz supports the use of medical marijuana, he’s concerned by the growing availability of pot, which has been legalized in Colorado and Washington for recreational use. This trend could soon be spreading across the nation, including Alaska, the District of Columbia and Oregon, Fox News.
Dr. Oz said the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC (the active ingredient in marijuana), is far greater in food delivery methods than in a regular joint. A marijuana snack could contain up to four times the amount of THC as a single joint, leading to the possibility of brain damage and drug overdose in children.
Dr. Andrew Monte, an emergency room physician, said he’s worried because portion control of edible marijuana snacks is already a problem among adults, and could be life-threatening for a child, who could end up in the intensive care unit. Dr. Monte noted that seven children in Colorado have already landed in the ICU since recreational marijuana was legalized in January 2014.
In response, Michael Elliott, executive director of Colorado’s marijuana industry group, said preliminary research suggests that teen use of marijuana has actually decreased since pot was legalized. Elliott also said Colorado is slowly replacing high-potency marijuana edibles with lower-dose single servings, to prevent the possibility of overdose.
Dr. Oz ended the segment by warning parents to keep marijuana edibles out of the reach of children, just as they would with prescription drugs.
On a separate segment, Dr. Oz welcome Kim Zolciak Biermann, star of the Bravo reality show “Don’t Be Tardy.” Zolciak, a mother of six children, gave birth to twins in November 2013 and lost 50 pounds shortly after childbirth. Kim said she ate smoothies made with her placenta to prevent postpartum depression.
While eating your own placenta sounds bizarre, some health experts insist it wards off postpartum depression and improves energy. Some woman prefer placenta capsules, but Zolciak ate them in smoothie form. She said she believed they helped her, although she said they didn’t taste great.
During the past few months, Kim has made numerous headlines for her rapid 50-pound weight loss and bangin’ post-baby bikini body. In previous interviews, Kim said she used diet pills, but did not mention them on the Dr. Oz Show. Zolciak recently revealed she underwent tummy tuck plastic surgery.
While low carb diets are all the rage among celebrities, Zolciak does not follow a low-carb diet, or any particular diet, saying portion control is her weight loss secret. However, she doesn’t eat red meat, preferring to stick to lean chicken, and she limits cheese and butter.
Zolciak said she hates to work out but walks three miles every day for exercise. Kim previously starred on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” from 2008 to 2012. She now stars on her own reality TV show, “Don’t Be Tardy,” which is currently in its third season.