Eating the Green: Safe or Unsafe?
Want to try those delicious looking pot brownies that your buddy baked up but are afraid of the consequences? Let me first start by telling you that Cannabis is in no way lethal! The downer is that there can be some nasty side effects from eating too much at one time, especially if you’re not a regular smoker.
Bad side effects can include: nausea, disorientation, feelings of delusion and feverishness.
Severe side effects can include: hallucinations, extreme paranoia and even panic attacks.
If someone tells you that they can’t breathe because they feel like their throat is closing up, first check for swelling (it could just be an anxiety attack), if it’s present then it’s time for a hospital trip because this is likely a severe allergic reaction. If it is not a severe allergic reaction, don’t go to the hospital. Take Benadryl IF needed. Otherwise, keep reading.
Why is it that eating weed will do this and smoking weed won’t? Well occasionally we get these side effects from smoking way too much, but eating it is way more potent than smoking it. So, not only does it get you higher, the effects last much longer. So you’re more likely to suffer a bad trip from eating than smoking. It is also likely that if you eat too much you could feel “hangover” like symptoms the next day like headaches or drowsiness. But wait, there’s more!
Although these bad side effects do exist, there are good side effects too! Some people prefer to ingest rather than inhale. Their reasons:
-Smoking isn’t good for you and by eating it you avoid all of the hazards of smoking.
-It can be incorporated into a large amount of foods and drinks because it can be absorbed by fats and oils.
-It is less obvious; if someone see’s you eating a cookie they’re not going to think anything of it, they see you hitting the pipe, they’ll probably wonder.
If you do eat too much just start eating foods that aren’t infused with THC. It won’t really make you less high, but it will satisfy your munchies and distract you while you sober up. Make sure you have a beverage on your endeavor because cotton mouth is not avoidable.
If you haven’t eaten too much then you’ll be coasting a nice heavy body high for an extended period of time, which is great for people who have any sort of muscular or skeletal discomfort. Just make sure you have plenty of time to sit back and relax.
And remember, you can always eat more but you can’t eat less! Start with half of what you’re thinking.