Edibles containing the hemp-derived delta-9 THC are hitting shelves in nearby supermarkets thanks to a loophole in the Farm Bill that allows these types of products to be sold legally.
Of course, all marijuana enthusiasts are jumping for joy at how accessible it is to get their hands on these substances! But no matter how tasty and addicting they are, they might also be more potent than you think.
According to CBD Oracle, “96% of products comply with the 0.3% THC limit imposed by the 2018 Farm Bill. However, 34% of the hemp delta-9 derived edibles had so much THC that they wouldn’t be allowed to be sold in dispensaries.”
An analysis of 53 products, representing 40% of all hemp delta-9 brands, revealed how easy it is to get high on hemp anywhere in the country.
“In California, the maximum dose of THC dispensaries are allowed to sell is 10 mg per serving and 100 mg per package of edibles. Many of the hemp-derived delta-9 THC products we’ve tested have been formulated to have 15, 25, 100 mg per serving or more while staying below the 0.3% THC limit,” said Dr. Erik Paulson, Lab Manager at InfiniteCAL.
This means you can buy a potent edible in stores without knowing it. Can you just imagine how dangerous that can be? If not, just keep reading.
Being a regular cannabis taker or a marijuana enthusiast, you might think that you know the risks going into it. But there’s more to it than what meets the eye. It doesn’t matter if you constantly buy gummies or eat brownies. You still may not be prepared for what’s to come. But don’t worry. This article will spell it out for you.
Long-Lasting Negative Effects
Compared to smoking, the effects of marijuana edibles last so much longer. Usually, it can reach up to several hours, depending on how much THC is contained, what type of foods you ate, and the other drugs or alcohol you consumed at the same time. This means you will not be able to function fully for long periods after eating any of the edibles you buy.
Another thing: although the effects of eating edibles will last long, you won’t feel it take place until 30 minutes to two hours later …WOAH! That’s why people who don’t feel immediate effects tend to take much more than they can handle.
High Chance of Overdose
But if the reasons above don’t intrigue you yet, maybe this will. Eating edibles with high THC content can increase your chances of overdose (also known as acute marijuana intoxication).
Based on studies, more people end up in hospitals overdose because of edibles consumption. This is because they don’t fully understand how the effects of these products are delayed and can, therefore, lead to dangerous situations.
Besides the risks, you may also experience some serious side effects, like confusion, panic attacks, vomiting, psychotic breakdowns, hallucinations, paranoia, respiratory problems, and impaired motor senses. There’s also a high chance of you becoming violent. Without even knowing it, you might end up hurting yourself or those around you.
All that being said, the US Cannabis Council expressed their concerns in the article provided by CBD Oracle, stating “Our concern is that someone could take such a product and be harmed by it, thinking it is similar to regulated cannabis products safely available through state cannabis licensing programs.”
Even if edibles are legal, you need to be wary of what you consume and think twice before putting them in your mouth. Try to control your intake and wait for the effects to settle in. Don’t rush. The last thing you want is to suffer the consequences.