Long before vapes were invented, people were cooking with marijuana and creating edible, cannabis-infused concoctions. Today, they’re still a popular form of marijuana — the only difference is that they’re legal now, and many California dispensaries offer them.
Marijuana edibles come in several different forms, including:
Unlike vaped or smoked marijuana, there’s no risk to the lungs when consumed appropriately. Furthermore, many users prefer edibles because they can enjoy a sweet snack while also experiencing the high.
However, it can take one to three hours to feel the effects of marijuana edibles, whereas the high comes much quicker when smoked. This makes it more difficult for a marijuana user to accurately assess how much marijuana should be used to achieve the desired effect.
This results in a common problem with edibles: People will eat them, not feel an effect within an hour or so, and so they eat more in order to feel the effects. This can quickly lead to taking too much, causing people to experience an extremely intense high that lasts for several hours.
The ease of taking such large quantities of THC is the biggest danger with marijuana edibles. A high dose of any addictive chemical can quickly lead to the development of a substance use disorder, leading people to use again and again, just to feel normal.
Marijuana edibles come in several different strengths and potencies. A single gummy can contain almost no THC — or it can contain a mega-dose that’s far outside what a normal user would take to feel an effect. Worse still, the labels on these products are often wildly inaccurate, leading people to think they are taking a small dose but actually taking much more THC than they anticipated.
Due to the long-lasting effects of marijuana edibles and the potential of ingesting such large amounts of THC, many people addicted to marijuana will experience significant withdrawal symptoms and cravings when they suddenly stop. These symptoms can be treated at an evidence-based marijuana treatment center, helping people overcome their challenges and achieve recovery.
Our team is standing by to answer your questions, help you find the right level of treatment, and support you in every step of your recovery journey.
To get started with marijuana treatment, call 619-350-8220 to speak to one of the admissions professionals at Pacific Bay Recovery.