[Canniseur: Have we all been here? Take a bite of an edible, wait a half hour, eat some more. Repeat. Only to find ourselves a bit too high. Relax and enjoy the ride. Or, read on to find out how you can avoid this situation.]
Expected to make up more than half the entire cannabis industry in Canada, there’s a good chance edibles will make their way into your home, your friend’s homes, and even your parents’ (or grandparents’) cupboard.
While this opens up a fun, new chapter for the cannabis-curious and those who want to reduce smoking, eating too much weed can be a really, really, really uncomfortable experience.
“You can always take more, but you can’t reverse what you’ve ingested,” explains Dr. Jenna Valleriani, post-doctoral fellow at the BC Centre on Substance Use, and strategic advisor for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP).
While she says it’s virtually impossible to overdose (i.e. die) on cannabis, side effects from eating too much can include anxiousness, paranoia, increased heart rate, drowsiness, and in some cases, nausea and vomiting.
These symptoms will wear off after three to six hours, but she cautions in some people they can last up to eight (gulp). The best way to avoid all this? Follow the old adage—low and slow—along with these helpful tips from Valleriani:
Health Canada determined 10 mg THC as the maximum amount for a single serving, but Valleriani says this is being confused as a recommended single serving.
“Even in places like Colorado, which actually uses the language of single serving at 10 mg, have now come back to say…
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