New Study Finds That Legal States Have Lower Rates of Cannabis-Impaired Driving
by Chane Leigh
Recently there has been some fear in response to Canada’s released documentation announcing a danger warning when it comes to consuming cannabis edibles. Some of you may not even be aware that there is a danger regarding Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the intoxicating cannabinoid, edibles. However, if you do not take the proper safety measures, you could end up with some adverse effects. This article is for your peace of mind.
THC edibles are a common method of cannabis consumption, particularly for recreational use. Cannabis is a very safe substance despite some adverse effects. You would have to consume more than your body weight in an insanely short amount of time to have overdosed on it, even then, you don’t run a risk of death. So why did Canada issue a warning concerning the consumption of THC edibles? How do you take them safely to prevent adverse effects? Keep reading to find out.
Consuming edibles can take up to 4 hours for any effect to kick in. This is because the edible needs to go through the process of digestion. Each persons’ metabolism is different which is why edibles kick in at different rates for every individual. The danger with this is that many people will end up ingesting more to increase their cannabis intake, resulting in overconsumption.
Edibles are notorious for having longer-lasting effects. They can last up to 8 hours and the danger comes in when this prolonged period of effects includes longer lasting impaired judgment and coordination.
Edibles often come in treats that are appetizing such as brownies, cookies, and candy. If they are not properly stored away, children and household pets could end up consuming them… because they look innocent and delicious. Since cannabis legalization, there has been a 70% increase in calls related to accidental consumption of edibles by children.
Consumption of edibles amongst older adults introduce themselves to greater cognitive impairment and increased risks of hypotension-related falls and arrhythmia.
Each person responds to the edible according to their own body’s tolerance. If you end up overconsuming or taking in something stronger than your tolerance, you could experience any of the following: extreme confusion, anxiety, panic, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, increased blood pressure, faster heart rates, nausea and even vomiting. If you find yourself having a hard time after overconsuming, do your best to remain calm and relax. Try and take a nap or a warm bath, and hydrate. The effects will soon pass.
As you can see, if you have taken the proper measurements of caution, your THC edible experience can be good and beneficial. I hope that you find some peace of mind with knowing that you can control your THC edible experience as long as you are prepared and cautious.
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