Tasty THC: Promises and Challenges of Cannabis Edibles

“Edibles are food products infused with cannabis extract. Edibles come in many forms—including baked goods, candies, gummies, chocolates, lozenges, and beverages—and may be homemade or prepared commercially for dispensaries.”

While there is a place for edibles in the administration of medical marijuana, great care must be taken to determine correct dosage and timing of administration due to the increased behavioral effect of medical marijuana that is eaten verses inhaled. 1 mg of THC that is contained in an edible produces a behavioral effect of 5.71 mg of THC that is inhaled. In addition, the onset of behavioral effects are delayed 60 to 90 minutes when THC is eaten compared to the 20 to 30 minute delay when THC is inhaled.

“Anecdotal reports attribute increased interest in edibles to several perceptions shared by users: (1) edibles are a discreet and more convenient way to consume cannabis; (2) edibles offer a “high” that is calmer and more relaxing than smoking cannabis; and (3) edibles avoid the harmful toxins and health risks that come with smoking cannabis. However, scientific evaluation of the accuracy of these perceptions is incomplete.”

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Tasty THC: Promises and Challenges of Cannabis Edibles

Authors: DG Barrus, KL Capogrossi, SC Cates, CK Gourdet, NC Peiper, SP Novak, TW Lefever, JL Wiley

Methods Rep RTI Press. 2016 November