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?