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Harm reduction information for cannabis edible products

Update January 2023: HSE issue risk communication on the adulteration of cannabis jellies with synthetic cannabinoids 

The HSE advise the public that there is a high level of risk associated with THC edibles currently being sold on the drug market in Ireland, as they may  not contain THC but instead contain a synthetic cannabinoid.For people who use cannabis, we remind them of the current risk of synthetic cannabinoid exposure and encourage people not to be afraid or hesitate to get medical help if someone has an unexpected reaction or becomes physically or mentally unwell following use.

About cannabis edibles 

Cannabis can be taken in different ways by smoking, eating or drinking in herbal tea. It can also come as oils or as concentrates such as 'shatter'. 

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

It’s safer not to use at all and you can never be fully sure how you will react to substances. 

If you choose to use edibles see below advice to reduce the harms. 

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

Get more information in our cannabis edible factsheet here


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