What are Edibles?
- Edibles are food products infused with marijuana.
- The amount of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, can vary in each item.
- The amount and ingredients can vary even more in homemade edibles.
- Edibles take longer than smoking marijuana to affect an individual which makes it harder to control how much THC is consumed.
- The individual may consume larger amounts because they don’t think the drug is working.
- Just one edible may contain several times the recommended adult dosage of THC.
- Cannabis edibles are made for adult consumption and consuming them by children may lead to an overdose.
How are Edibles Packaged?
- Edibles are often packaged to resemble popular brand name snacks and candy with similar names or slight changes.
- Children may not be able to make the distinction from edibles and real snacks or candies.
- Some forms of edibles are in the form of:
- Gummy candies, chocolate, suckers, etc.
- Baked goods such as brownies and cookies
- Sweetened beverages such as sodas and lemonades
How Long Does It Take for an Edible to Start Taking Effect?
- It usually takes effect within 30 to 60 minutes after the product is ingested.
- The peak effect usually takes place within 3 to 4 hours after ingestion.
- The effects may last up to 12 hours with residual effects lasting up to 24 hours.
What are Signs of an Overdose?
- Intoxication or lethargic
- Anxiety or panic
- Paranoia or hallucinations
- Weakness or dizziness
- Slurred speed and poor coordination
- Stop breathing
- Heart related symptoms such as slow heart rate and blood pressure
What to Do if You Suspect Overdose?
- Call the Indiana Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222
- If symptoms are severe call 911