Edibles are products that contain cannabis that can be consumed. They come in many forms that you can eat or drink and are quickly growing in popularity. Let’s look at some important safety tips regarding edibles.
Read the Label
The serving size and amount in the package are often not the same. Before using a product, read the label to see what a serving size is. Many edible products contain more than one serving per package, and every edible is packaged differently. Eating more than one serving size means you are consuming a higher dose of cannabis.
Start low and go slow! Remember that edibles take longer to take effect on the body– about 30 minutes to two hours. Make sure you give it enough time for the effect you want to have before taking another dose.
For example– If you have a product that says 600 mg, that is not the starting dose, it is the total dose in multiple serving sizes in the whole package. Know what dose you want to start with before eating an edible.
Homemade products do not have the same packaging as products purchased at a dispensary, therefore they are much easier to be confused with regular food and drinks. It is very important to clearly label homemade cannabis products and keep them away from regular food and drink.
If you are having a party, make sure the cannabis products are clearly labeled as such so people don’t accidentally consume cannabis.
Store edibles up, away, out of sight, and in the original labeled packaging. Store them in a different area than regular food and drinks so they won’t be consumed accidentally.
We commonly hear that children don’t consume just one serving when there are multiple servings in a container. We’d recommend choosing products that have serving sizes packaged separately. For example, if a child got into a package of edible chips, they might easily eat more than one chip, which could be multiple serving sizes. Similarly, an adult that didn’t know the chips were an edible product chips may eat the whole bag!
Children React Differently
Children react differently to cannabis than adults, and effects may be serious. If you suspect a child has gotten into cannabis in any form, call the poison center right away. Do not wait for symptoms to call. Symptoms of children exposed to cannabis include:
- trouble walking or sitting up
- trouble breathing
Calling the Maryland Poison Center
Eating too much of an edible can cause unwanted side effects. If you are experiencing these effects, call the Maryland Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. Our poison specialists are not here to judge you; they are here to help you with the unexpected.
When calling the Poison Center regarding a cannabis product, have the package nearby to share the serving size and dose with the poison specialist when you call. This helps us determine how much of the product has been consumed, along with other information about the product. Gathering information about new products helps us collect data on the amount consumed and the effects that are experienced. This research strengthens our treatment guidelines that can prevent unnecessary hospital visits in future cases.
For more information about edibles, read our one-page information sheet. As always, the poison experts at the Maryland Poison Center are available 24/7/365. Calling is free and confidential.