Edibles are food products that contain cannabis. The many forms of edibles include baked goods, candies, chocolates, and beverages. People can purchase ready made edibles, or make their own, such as oils, butters, brownies, and ice creams.
Edibles are a
Many people consider edibles to be a safe and discreet way to take cannabis. However, there are also risks that people should know.
Find out with this article about the effects and side effects of cannabis edibles, including how these differ from smoking cannabis.
Edible cannabis products typically provide the same benefits as other forms of cannabis. People ingest them to achieve certain effects, such as relaxation, or to treat medical conditions, such as chronic pain.
The effects of edibles depend on the dose a person takes. Typically, the effects increase as the dose increases. However, consuming too much cannabis through edibles is easy to do, and it can cause adverse effects, such as nausea and vomiting.
Some of the beneficial effects of cannabis edibles include:
Relaxation and anxiety relief
Cannabis contains a compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is the chemical responsible for the psychoactive effects of edibles and other forms of cannabis. An older study suggests that THC
Cannabis also contains the compound cannabidiol (CBD). CBD has anti-anxiety effects.
A further study on teenagers with social anxiety supports the findings of CBD significantly decreasing anxiety levels.
CBD may also work as a pain reliever, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties. This makes it a popular treatment among those who experience chronic pain.
Conditions that people treat with edibles and other forms of medicinal cannabis include:
Muscle spasm control
Doctors may also recommend medicinal cannabis for muscle spasm treatment.
CBD has also demonstrated antiseizure effects, which suggests it could be a potential treatment for epilepsy.
Edibles may be one way to ingest cannabis to reduce seizures. However, more research is necessary before people with epilepsy consider treating the condition with cannabis.
Edible cannabis products
While edibles are a discreet and tasty way to consume cannabis, they are not without risk. Potential side effects and risks include:
Adverse health effects
- brain development
- heart health
- memory and cognition
- psychiatric health
There is the possibility that children, pets, and others can accidentally consume candies, cookies, and other goods containing cannabis. Researchers do not know if there is a danger to pregnant women and the baby.
Between 2005 and 2011 in the United States, there was an increase of 30.3% in cannabis-related calls to poison control centers in states that decriminalized cannabis. Accidental ingestion of edibles was a
Interactions with medications
Edibles and other forms of cannabis can interact with alcohol and some medications, such as blood thinners. These interactions may intensify the effects of THC, or interfere with the actions of the medicines.
Overdose is another risk when it comes to cannabis edibles.
Concentrations of THC vary widely in ready made cannabis products. Likewise, it is difficult for people to know the strength of THC in homemade edible products. As a result, it is hard for someone to know how much they are consuming.
Edibles also take longer to have an effect than other consumption methods for cannabis, such as smoking.
The effects of smoking cannabis take minutes to occur, while edibles take 1–3 hours. Individuals may end up consuming larger amounts of the drug while waiting for the effects to begin, thinking they need more.
Additionally, the symptoms of overdose from edibles may often be more severe than overdose symptoms from smoking cannabis.
An overdose from edibles can involve:
- panic attacks
- impaired mobility
Many individuals consider edibles to be safe, discreet, and effective, especially when they compare them to smoking cannabis.
Indeed, edibles do not expose users to some of the potentially harmful effects of smoking.
Cannabis smoke and tobacco smoke appear to have
Ingesting edibles does not appear to have these effects on lung function or cancer risk, which means they may be safer in these ways.
However, edibles pose their own risks, including the increased risk of accidental ingestion or overdose.
More research is necessary to understand the full effects of edible use and how these compare to smoking cannabis.
Edibles are a discreet way to ingest cannabis, and they do not appear to carry some of the risks of smoking the drug. However, people should exercise caution when using edibles, especially for the first time.
The effects of edibles may not emerge for up to 3 hours after ingestion, and there is a risk of overdose if people do not carefully limit the amount they consume.
Individuals should always adhere to the recommended dosage and stop ingesting edibles if adverse reactions occur.
Long-term, frequent use of cannabis can also have negative effects on mental and physical health.