Drug Alert: Marijuana Edibles

What is it?

Edibles are food products infused with marijuana. Though smoking marijuana is the most prevalent method of consumption, eating marijuana is quickly becoming a popular way to consume the drug.

(Related: What You Should Know About Marijuana Concentrates/ Honey Butane Oil)

Brownies are among the most common food products infused with marijuana, however, almost any food product may be infused with marijuana and eaten.

In addition to placing marijuana directly in food, marijuana-infused cooking oil can be used when frying or searing food, and marijuana-infused butter can be spread directly on prepared food.

These marijuana edibles are more common in states that have legalized marijuana and also states that permit medical marijuana use.

Shop window with cannabis products

(Shop window with cannabis products. Photo by nickolette)

Is eating marijuana more dangerous than smoking marijuana? 

YES! There is high potential for overdose from marijuana edibles.

What are the negative effects of marijuana edibles?

Are marijuana edibles frequently used?

In recent years, vaping and edible use has increased among U.S. students while marijuana smoking has decreased, according to data from the Monitoring the Future study.


(Source: NIDA, 2018 Monitoring the Future Study)

Related articles

"Cannabis Edibles Aren’t as Safe as People Think" Healthline

"How is eating and drinking foods that contain marijuana (edibles) different from smoking marijuana?" CDC

"Marijuana-related ER visits rising dramatically, edibles sparking particular concerns" UCHealth

Is Eating Marijuana Really Riskier Than Smoking It?” Forbes