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.