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Is there such a thing as `marijuana contact`?

12/03/2007

Question:

Coming home from a nightclub, the men were smoking marijuana; we were sitting in the back and i believe i got a "contact". They said there`s no such thing as a contact high and i should stop "trippin"-but i was feeling very euphoric and light headed. On top of that, i woke up about 4 a.m. feeling very, uh, amorous we`ll say; not quite the norm after a night of drinking. When i`m asleep, i`m asleep.

Answer:

Hello,

Yes, there is such a thing as a contact high - especially in an enclosed space such as a car.  If someone is smoking, everyone around them is as well.  The level could be picked up in a urine drug screen even in you as a spectator.  Therefore, you may have had some effect from their smoking marijuana in the car.

 

 

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Response by:

Edna M Jones, MD, MRO Edna M Jones, MD, MRO
Emeritus Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University