Do you know the unique risks of consuming marijuana edibles?

Rather than smoke marijuana the traditional way, you may instead ingest the substance through an edible gummy, chocolate or any other food containing marijuana. You may think edibles are safer and better for your lungs than smoking or vaping, but you should know the unique risks of consuming edibles, beyond the fact that marijuana is not legal in Wisconsin.

Without proper knowledge, you could engage in ill-advised acts after consuming an edible. Learn how edible marijuana impacts you physically and mentally.

Taking too much

One of the biggest risks of consuming edibles is eating too much or too many. The effects of edibles take longer to kick in, sometimes as many as four hours after consuming them. This delay can lead you to take a much higher dosage than you should. You could engage in risky behavior before you think the edible takes effect, such as driving or drinking, perhaps both. Something else to bear in mind is that edibles can last much longer than smoking or vaping marijuana.

Exacerbating mental health disorders

If you have clinical depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or any other mental health disorder, you must be especially careful about using edibles. Consuming marijuana could pose a unique risk. Evidence shows that a person with schizophrenia who uses edibles may experience heightened psychosis. If you have a diagnosed mental health disorder, consider talking to your doctor about consuming edibles and how they can affect you.

Think twice before eating an edible and getting behind the wheel or otherwise leaving your home. Staying put in your house could help you avoid an altercation with law enforcement, one that may lead to drug charges.