Keeping Loved Ones Safe from Adverse Effects of Cannabis Edibles

Cannabis or Marijuana also referred to as hemp is a genus of flowering plant in the family of cannabacea with three spices namely cannabis sativa, indica and ruderalis. Some States in US have legalized cannabis edibles. These are products in your food store that can be mixed with the hemp seeds, oils, leaves and juice to produce some levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) effect in your body.

Cannabis edibles also referred to as edibles can come in form of baked products such as brownie mixes, biscuits and snacks. You will also get edibles in form of candies, beverages, cooking oil and a variety of delicacies such as mints and gummies to provide you with some desired recreational and/or medicinal effects. Edibles provide an alternative way of consuming THC mixed products to smoking and vaping. There are a lot of benefits and consequences of edibles.

The THC component in edibles does not have any nutritional value but can be seen as a type of easy-to-use-drug. Edible products laced with THC will make you high, euphoric and intoxicated to your advantage or otherwise, hence the need for some control and regulations. In the US, “industrial hemp” is classified by the federal government as cannabis containing no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Consumption of hemp-sourced extracts, cannabinoids, and derivatives with THC above 0.3% need to be supervised and regulated to avoid the risk of abuse. This poses several challenges to you and your loved ones.

You need to ensure that children, teens and bets are safe from use and abuse of edibles. Bets and minors love edibles based on how they are flavored and marketed, yet this vulnerable populace may not make sound decision on safe quantities to consume. Some minors take candies and snacks among other edibles to avoid boredom and distressful experiences. THC products are by default meant to arouse you. Don’t be surprised if you get addicted to their usage.

You are obligated to control the quantity and type of cannabis edibles for minors under your care. Teens have often abused drugs in bonding experiences, out of curiosity or peer pressure and when suffering of low self-esteem. Teens can be victims of cannabis edibles. Others may get genetically predisposed to drugs. Just like you have challenges controlling the number of candies and beverages minors may take per day, you may have a challenge of quantities of edibles and frequency of their uptake by minors.

Challenges of Cannabis Edibles

You may be able to control the intake of cannabis smoked but may have difficulties with the consumption of hemp edibles which have different contents of THC. Hardly will you confirm the gram content of all cookies and candies’ ingredients. It is thus difficult to ensure you don’t consume more than 2.5 mg of THC per serving. Note that some edible cannabis products might look like normal food products that you may over use.

It would take you about four to six hours to feel the full effects of herm edible. Consuming the edibles 3 to 4 times will make you  intoxicated and may result to severe anxiety and panic, nausea and vomiting, and symptoms of psychosis (paranoia). It can also jeopardize your driving ability, give you hang overs lasting for many hours.

Ensure you label and safely store edible cannabis out of sight and reach of children and pets. A lot of awareness creation and sensitization is needed to avoid the risk of unintentional ingestion by children and pets.

Conclusively and unfortunately, you have little say over how edible cannabis is packaged, labelled and flavored. Consumers have little control of marketing strategies employed to spur sales of cannabis edibles. Some of these edibles such as chocolates are irresistible, well sweetened and presented in lovely and colorant packages. This poses a great risk to you and all our loved ones. In fact, cannabis and its products remain to be the most commonly used drug in the United States, with 9.5% of adults and 23.7% of youth reporting use by 2015 as opposed to other drugs. So far, cannabis is illicit in many States in the US. Marijuana or cannabis edible remains a major social economic concern in USA.

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