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
  • Vomiting
  • 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