With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado, more residents are trying marijuana edibles, but are they safe? Here are some things Coloradoans should know about marijuana edibles, including their risks, effects, and possible addiction issues.
Are Marijuana Edibles Safe?
Although ingesting marijuana, also known as cannabis or THC, may eliminate the risks associated with smoking the now-legal drug, there are some risks to getting your marijuana in edible form.
People are not always aware of the amount of marijuana they are getting when they ingest THC-laced edibles and can end up getting far more than they intended, especially if they are prone to overeating sweets. As their inhibitions are lowered, they may go on to eat a dose many times higher than intended, which can cause nausea, memory loss, or paranoia.
One teen from Wyoming who ingested a marijuana cookie intended for six people even jumped to his death from a hotel balcony afterward, but officials said he may have had an undiagnosed mental condition that caused a bad reaction to the drug.
Another risk of edibles is that children may get hold of them and not realize they contain marijuana, even when they are clearly labeled. Most children are highly attracted to cookies, candies, and other sweets, and will eat them without realizing that they could be harmful (and are illegal for children).
Effects of Marijuana Edibles
The effects of marijuana edibles are similar to the effect of smoking the drug, namely, lowering of inhibitions, a euphoric or relaxed feeling, and sometimes, feeling especially hungry after the drug’s effects wear off. Those who use any form of marijuana regularly may have impaired judgment that leads them to engage in risky behaviors like unprotected sex, criminal activity, or driving under the influence.
Some people react badly to the drug, experiencing paranoia or other more extreme symptoms that can lead them to become violent towards themselves or others.
The drug can also cause a lack of coordination that can lead to accidents, and decreased cognitive ability that can lead to poor school or job performance, permanently lowered IQ in adolescents, and a general lack of motivation that can lead to failing grades or job loss.
Another effect of ingesting marijuana in edibles is that the digestion process is slower than the inhalation process, so drugs ingested in edibles can take a lot longer to leave your system. For some people, this leads to driving impaired even though they might think the effects have worn off.
Addiction to Marijuana Edibles
Marijuana edibles’ ease of use makes them at least as addictive, if not more so than the smoked form of the drug. Dependence on food to feel good is already a problem for many people, and adding marijuana to that equation will only strengthen the use of both items.
Although marijuana may not be as addictive as other drugs like opioids or street drugs, it can still cause problems for regular users, and they can still find it hard to stop using marijuana on their own. Recovery Village at Palmer Lake offers comprehensive treatment options for marijuana addiction and abuse. Contact us to learn about admissions and all the options available for Coloradoans and others experiencing marijuana addiction.