Edibles would be hugely popular in the US if they were legal nationwide. While they used to be a novelty or for special occasions, edibles are now becoming the use of choice for cannabis. The latest data shows that the edibles category could be worth up to $4.1 billion by 2022. That is a good projection for products that we still don’t know a lot about. With that said, companies and scientists have been investing in research lately as the prospects become more and more positive. Researchers at the IUPUI and Indiana University in Bloomington recently completed a study on the effects of edibles. The results were published in the latest Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal and they discovered that the population would likely become regular consumers.
The question is then “How would the regular consumption of edibles affect our health?” The study they completed on mice discovered that they preferred being high over being sober. The mice chose to eat enough THC to alter their behavior. They also kept coming back for more, but just enough to feel the effects. The mice apparently did not go “overboard”. The side effects were that the mice became less active and their body temperatures decreased. This could reflect future dependencies or addictions to edibles for humans. More research is definitely needed to draw such conclusions. The current problem is that edibles often contain more THC than the smokable form which has a different effect on users.
Researchers will also need to study how edibles can affect how humans think as well as investigate the long-term consequences. There is also work that needs to be done to determine how edibles could affect children if accidently ingested. Many reports show that children are being admitted more and more often to the ER for the accidental ingestion of THC. These accidents can be prevented and will require a lot of community education. The recommended dosages will also need to be explored and packaging will require sufficient labeling. Unfortunately, profits are sometimes more important. Just as society needs to be cautious when it comes to alcohol, they will need to be with edibles as well.