Marijuana Edibles Can Be Dangerous to New Users

Marijuana edibles appeal to people for many reasons, but they may be one of the more dangerous forms of marijuana consumption. Users find edibles to be less intrusive since they do not involve inhaling smoke or vapor.

The THC in cannabis edibles can take an hour for the body to metabolize and for the psychoactive effects to take hold. People new to edibles can become impatient while they wait and end up consuming too much THC. California is concerned that people, next year when recreational marijuana becomes legal, will overdose on cannabis edibles.

“Edibles can be very dangerous if not used correctly,” said Jay Frentsos, a budtender at the Bay Park outlet of Urbn Leaf, which sells medical marijuana in many forms.

The sale of edibles is a source of concern to the state, which on Thursday issued new, working rules that place sharper restrictions on such products. The changes include limits on the amount of THC that can be placed in edibles. THC is the principle mind-altering compound in marijuana plants.

The new rules — which may be adjusted — say that edibles can’t have more than 10 mg of THC per serving, or more than 100 mg per package. The regulations add that, “Other cannabis products, such as tinctures, capsules and topicals, are limited to a maximum of 1,000 mg per package for the adult-use market and 2,000 mg of THC per package for the medicinal-use market.”

With strong dosing regulations and labeling, California hopes to curb any edible THC overdoses. Do you believe California is right to be concerned about people over-consuming marijuana edibles?

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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  1. I don’t believe that. I have been a recreational pharmacist user for over 50 years. Edibles or smoke. The worse that has happened is I got a good long nights sleep. It the paranoia that gets people thinking they are ODing.

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