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Cannabis Edible Products Category: Cannabinoids

What are cannabis edible products?

Cannabis can be taken in different ways by smoking, eating or drinking in herbal tea. It can also come in oil format. 

Cannabis ‘edibles’ are food products infused with cannabis. Edibles come in many forms—including baked goods, sweets, ’gummy bears’, 'cannabis gummies' chocolates and lozenges. They have many different names that include 'space cakes', 'Gummies', 'THC sweets' 'Edibles', 'THC Lean'.

Food products containing cannabis have been available internationally in locations such as the Netherlands as cakes sold in coffee shops or in situations where a cannabis consumer independently prepares  cannabis for cooking.

More recently, food products containing cannabis extract have emerged as products sold as part of the legalised market in Northern America and are not legalised in an Irish context.

The digestion of cannabis may be chosen by those who don’t wish to consume tobacco. But with these products, it is harder to know how a person will react as they can take a long time to kick in increasing the risks.

The amount of THC in edibles can vary across a single product and across batches made at different times, making it difficult a person to estimate how much THC they consume and how they react.

Any products seized in Ireland have not been subjected to quantitative analysis, meaning we are unsure of the amount of THC contained in products and if the packaging correctly shows the dose/strength.

Are there risks?

Each person will react differently to a substance. People may have a different experience if they use cannabis edibles compared to smoking.You can never be fully sure how you will react and there are always some form of risk. 

The effects a person experiences will depend on multiple factors, such as personal factors, their mind-set and mental health, their metabolism, their past experiences or tolerance to the substance, the situation in which the substance is consumed, if they have eaten, the potency of the product, how much is consumed and if the product contains unknown compounds.

Although taking too much may not be fatal, taking too many edibles can cause paranoia, anxiety, vomiting, nausea, delusions or hallucinations which can be frightening, mentally difficult or lead to accidental injury.

Harm Reduction

Risk reduction information for cannabis edible products can be found here

 

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