DENVER - Pulitzer-prizing winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd said she spent 8 hours curled up in a fetal position after trying an edible marijuana chocolate bar in her Denver hotel.
"What could go wrong with a bite or two?" Dowd wrote in the column (titled "Don't Harsh Our Mellow, Dude"). "Everything, as it turned out."
Dowd, 62, bought the marijuana edible legally at a recreational pot shop in Denver. She said it took an hour for the pot to hit her and then her body suddenly reacted.
"I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn’t move to get water. Or even turn off the lights," she wrote in her column.
Her Rocky Mountain High experience was widely mocked on Twitter.
@NYTimesDowd what kind if "journalist" doesn't ask the average serving size?— jasonholden (@jasonholden) June 4, 2014
Gonzo journalism is back! Thank you @NYTimesDowd! Oh, wait, nope...I take that back. More of a Fozzy Bear kind of journo...— Jenny Lynch (@jenjeanie) June 4, 2014
To write her latest column, @NYTimesDowd plagiarized every lecture Sgt. Joe Friday ever gave on the evils of weed.— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) June 4, 2014
It turned out, Dowd may have overdosed because there were no directions on the package and apparently she hadn't asked when buying the bar. She had discovered why even some pot enthusiasts are pushing for better packaging and enforced limits on serving sizes on marijuana edibles.
She was told after her experience that the candy bar she ate part of should have been cut into 16 servings, or it should have had information on the package that indicated the serving size. She also wrote she ate part of the bar while consuming wine.