Edible forms of cannabis, including food products, lozenges, and capsules, can produce effective, long-lasting, and safe effects. Most cannabis edibles contain a significant amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC-dominant edibles are consumed for recreational and medical purposes and can induce a wide range of effects including relaxation, euphoria, increased appetite, fatigue, and anxiety. Some edibles feature other cannabinoids predominantly—most commonly cannabidiol (CBD) with very little THC. To learn more, browse our library of great edibles to find the type that works best for you in Canada.

Effects of edible cannabis

Despite their ordinary appearance, just one pot cookie or candy bar can contain several times the recommended adult dose of THC. Anyone who eats an entire THC edible—especially a child—can experience overdose effects such as:

  • Intoxication
  • Altered perception
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor coordination
  • Excessive sleepiness
  • Apnea (not breathing for 10 seconds or longer)
  • Heart problems

For teens, regular cannabis edibles use can impair memory and concentration and may interfere with learning. It’s also associated with lower odds of completing high school or getting a college degree.

Regular use of cannabis is also linked to psychological problems, poorer lung health and a higher chance of substance use disorder in adulthood. Even using cannabis one time can alter motor control, coordination and judgment. This can contribute to unintentional deaths and injuries.

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