Health experts are warning that cannabis edibles may not be as healthy as they seem.

A commentary was published this week in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that edibles may carry some unique risks.

According to the 2019 National Cannabis Survey, 27% of Canadian respondents who use the drug reported that they had eaten edibles during the previous three months.

Co-authors Jasleen Grewal and Lawrence Loh from the University of Toronto, a physician and public health researcer respectively, have said that  psychoactive effects of edibles can have a delayed onset of up to four hours after consumption.

These effects can last longer than inhaled cannabis, for more than eight hours, and sometimes there’s a heightened potential for consumers to take more than necesssary.

Cannabis-naive individuals, the authors say are “particularly at risk” for overdoing it, even if they follow the dosing recommendations on the package.

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