In just five years, the number of cases in which children under 6 accidentally ingested edible cannabis increased by 1,375%, according to a study of data from America’s poison centers published this week in the journal Pediatrics. It is likely that the number will increase further as more states legalize the product.
THC edibles can be confusing, particularly when it comes to dosing. The information on the package is often unclear, or it may not be clear whether the dosage is per individual item, or for an entire container of the product. The lack of consistency, along with the delayed onset of intoxication when eating an edible can lead to overdosing.
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It is important to remember that THC is absorbed differently when consumed orally than inhaled through smoking cannabis, which can make it feel more potent despite having the same amount of active THC. This is because ingested THC must pass through the digestive system, which can slow the absorption of cannabis.
Beverages: These include teas, juices, coffees and sodas. In these products, the cannabinoids are usually dissolved in oil, or attached to chemicals that make them water-soluble (e.g. sugar) to promote faster absorption in the gut.
Candies and baked goods: These include cookies, brownies, cakes and chocolates. These tend to be slower-acting, as the cannabinoids are absorbed by fats like butter or shortening. Tinctures: These are liquid formulations that can be held under the tongue to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. They are often a combination of an alcohol and oil, which can speed up the decarboxylation process.