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Are THC Edibles Dangerous?

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Are THC Edibles Dangerous?

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Since recreational marijuana has been legalized in many states, marijuana edibles have become all the rage. These edibles are widely regarded as harmless and even wholesome in cultural parlance. But like any other drug, there’s more to them than meets the eye. Are edibles addictive? Is marijuana addictive? While cannabis is not on the level of heroin or alcohol, the short answer is yes.

If you or a loved one is struggling with marijuana use, Red Oak Recovery® can help. Contact us today by giving us a call at 828.382.9699. Our empathetic, non-judgmental staff will be more than happy to provide you with detailed information about our marijuana addiction treatment program.

THC Edibles vs. CBD Edibles

Marijuana edibles are any food that contains cannabis products. Popular edibles include gummies, candy bars, brownies, cookies, and other sweet treats. But what’s the difference between THC edibles and CBD edibles? Quite a lot.

THC Edibles

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive part of a cannabis plant. It makes a person feel high and euphoric. THC edibles can be used for various reasons and are often a highly effective method of pain control. However, they are almost always marketed for recreational use. They usually take over an hour to take effect or “kick in,” so users frequently make the mistake of taking too many of them.

CBD Edibles

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active component in the cannabis plant, but it does not have properties that can get a person stoned. Even if THC is present, CBD edibles must legally contain no more than 0.3% of THC, which is not enough to get a person high. CBDs are primarily designed to help with medical issues. They have been proven to alleviate conditions like epilepsy significantly and to diminish nausea caused by illnesses or chemotherapy.

Neither type of marijuana edible is FDA-approved.

Understanding the Symptoms of THC Addiction and Withdrawal

Some people think that THC concentrations in smaller food items are less likely to lead to addiction. So, can you get addicted to edibles? Are THC candies addictive? Are THC gummies addictive? Yes, they can be.

Some of the symptoms of THC addiction and withdrawal include:

  • Cravings: An overpowering and obsessive desire or urge to use cannabis.
  • Mood swings: Intense changes in mood, including irritability, during periods of non-use.
  • Reduced ability to concentrate: Difficulty focusing on tasks at hand without the influence of cannabis.
  • Sleep disturbances: Insomnia or altered sleep patterns, particularly during attempts to quit or reduce usage.
  • Increased tolerance: Needing larger amounts of cannabis to achieve the same effects previously attained with smaller quantities.

Recognizing these symptoms in oneself or a loved one is key. It’s crucial to approach the situation with empathy and understanding.

What Are the Health Risks of THC Edibles?

Marijuana edibles are risky for several reasons. All are worth taking into consideration:

  • Consuming marijuana in large quantities can cause severe anxiety and paranoia. The amount of THC in the average edible, like a candy bar, generally takes about two to three hours to wear off, which is a distressingly long time for someone battling an anxiety attack.
  • Even if ingredients are listed and marijuana percentages specified, products are not always well regulated, meaning that what is in them is not always fully disclosed.
  • Many new users are unaware of how specific percentages of THC are going to affect them. What seems like a small quantity of THC might turn out to be overwhelming for some people.
  • Large amounts of THC products can cause disorientation, confusion, heart palpitations, and arrhythmia.
  • Significant amounts of THC can lead to motor function impairment, the inability to operate a vehicle safely, and the inability to engage in social activities.

Therefore, comprehensive treatment should focus on the emotional, psychological, and social aspects of cessation and recovery.

Treatment for THC Addiction

THC addiction treatment often includes a combination of counseling, targeted behavioral therapy, support groups, and sometimes medications to manage withdrawal symptoms. Individualized treatment plans are developed to address personal circumstances, ensuring a holistic approach to recovery that includes establishing long-term goals and strategies to maintain sobriety.

Ready to Flourish in Recovery? Contact Us at Red Oak Recovery® Today

Edibles might seem like harmless fun, but if you’re starting to notice that they’re doing far more harm than good, it’s time to seek treatment. If you’re ready to break the cycle of marijuana addiction, help is right there at your fingertips. At Red Oak Recovery®, we are dedicated to guiding you toward recovery. To learn more, contact us at 828.382.9699 or connect with us online.