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A warning about cannabis edibles

Published Jan 20, 2023 10:00 a.m. ET
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Here the Cannabis Wiki family is in full support of edibles, as a means of recreation, medicine, and a healthier alternative to smoking which we much acknowledge isn’t ideal for everyone, in particular those with medical issues. It’s a wonderful place, the big wide world of delectable drinks, food, and even simple baking ingredients infused with the power of cannabis, but it’s also one that consumers should tread with far more caution than smoking or vaping, and here, we’ll highlight a list of some of the main reasons why that is.

Of course, it’s important to say we aren’t providing this coverage to create unnecessary fear. Instead, our goal is to arm both enthusiasts and the canna-curious with the information they need to have the safest, most enjoyable experience possible while experimenting with these unique products.

1. They last longer

Smokers and vapers can attest to the short-lived effects that follow each inhale, as they only last 30 minutes to an hour before tapering off and eventually, disappearing completely, but edibles aren’t quite the same way. In fact, most edibles producers suggest steering clear of dangerous activities and the operation of any motor vehicle for a minimum of four hours, no matter how small the dose may be, and that is because the benefits, even in smaller measured amounts, can far outlast any other mode of delivery.

2. More powerful effect

Compound those longer-lasting benefits with a reportedly more powerful effect that for some may even be overwhelming even at low doses, and it doesn’t take long to see why it’s important to tread these waters with the utmost caution. Many frequent and daily consumers experience this increase in the delivered sensations, which can be incredibly intoxicating when THC is the primary
component.

3. Various methods of infusion lead to different results

There are endless options in terms of infusion when it comes to cannabis edibles, and not all of them are equal. Some may be formulated in a way that facilitates faster absorption of cannabinoids, which could kick-in in as little as 30 minutes, while others may provide effects that aren’t noticed for an hour or more after ingestion. Sadly, very few labels declare this incredibly relevant information, and that makes it more difficult or consumers to know what to expect.

4. It’s easier to take too much

It’s impossible to deny how easy it is to go a little bit overboard with any type of cannabis product, but with most the effects take hold fast enough for the user to know it’s time to take a break. Edibles on the other hand, with more potent, long-lasting experiences, are much easier to overconsume, and once you’ve gone too far, there’s no coming back or sobering up from it all anytime soon. This is likely why there are so many reports of discomfort caused by the power of edibles, and that is something no enthusiast wants to go through.

5. Edibles are one of the most concerning cannabis products to have around
children and pets

Since the majority of edibles look just like any other delicious snack and often take the form of finger food-type desserts or candy, it’s not uncommon for children, pets, or even unsuspecting adults to take one without realizing what they’ve done until it’s too late. For this reason, edibles must be distinctly labeled and securely stored out of reach at all times.

Takeaway

THC and CBD edibles are a great option for legal-aged adult humans who know what they’re doing, but they should always be treated with the utmost respect and caution, and that is especially true for new consumers and users with pets or children in the home.

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