Cannabis edibles compliment marijuana smoking. They are therefore an alternative way for those who may not prefer to inhale smoke from marijuana smoking. Despite the fact that it is considered illicit in most countries to consume marijuana or cannabis edibles, the consumption is increasingly evident across the globe. The trade in these products has increased over a period of time.
Most users of marijuana or cannabis edibles assert that marijuana is a medicinal plant. Apart from being a stimulant plant, they defend the marijuana usage by the assertion that it cures cancer and other dreadful diseases.
It has also been noticed that in terms of gender and age, young boys are on the lead in the marijuana consumption. They are adversely being hit by the negative effects of peer pressure hence exposing their lives to drug abuse threats.
Cannabis edibles are simply food products with the marijuana extract referred to as Tetrahydrocannibol (THC). The extract is obtained from marijuana plants and is induced into food products during food processing. The commonly known cannabis edibles include beverages, lozenges, candies, chocolates, gummies and many more. These food products are either made at home for domestic use or manufactured by industries for commercial purposes. Below are the challenges of cannabis edibles to users;
- Delayed onset of effects
It takes a couple of hours for one to determine the influence of cannabis edibles on his or her mind. Unlike marijuana smoking where the effects are noticed immediately once someone starts smoking, this is very opposite for cannabis edibles. Consequently, most people take excess THC content in this food products . Excess THC leads to acute marijuana intoxication.
- Immeasurable THC potent
It is very unfortunate that there is no equipment designed to measure THC amounts in marijuana extracts to be applied in these food products. Consequently, THC content in these products is very unknown as some contain excess THC while others have less THC.
Adverse Health Implications of Cannabis Edibles
Cannabis edibles were designed mainly to counter the harmful effects of marijuana. Contrary to this, it has been established that they are even worser compared to marijuana smoking. The following are some of adverse effects of these products;
Heart problems are also known as cardiovascular diseases. They are diseases affecting the heart. They include coronary artery, heart attacks, chest pains, stroke and many more.
Most violence related cases result from drug abuse. The products once taken alter the normal functioning of one’s brains making him or her to behave abnormally. Violence causes serious quarrels and to some extent fighting leading to serious injuries and deaths.
Hallucination is a serious mental condition where a person sees unreal images and hears unreal voices. A person who is hallucinating is out of senses. In case he or she is passing by the road or the river side, accident is likely to occur as he can drown in the river or being knocked down by a motor vehicle. Therefore hallucination is a serious mental condition that exposes one’s live to death.
As most people are now exposed to drug usage, it is very vital for them to know the underlying health risks associated with consuming these drugs. Since the young generation is exposed to drugs due to ignorance and the influence of peer pressure, self awareness programs should be aired over social media platforms for this vital information to be shared across the the globe.