How to Avoid Drug-laced Food

We’ve all been told to watch out for spiked drinks at parties. But what about drugs in your food?

Nowadays, it seems like there are more kinds of edible marijuana than ever before. Because of this, accidental consumption of weed happens more than you think it does.
 

Here’s one example:

In November 2017, three Michigan teens were hospitalized after they were tricked into eating marijuana-laced cereal. Police are investigating the incident and the ninth grader who reportedly gave the students the food.

Unfortunately, eating marijuana is more dangerous than smoking it.  The effects from smoking marijuana only take minutes. Edibles, however, take between 1-3 hours because food is absorbed into the bloodstream through the liver. The amount of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is very difficult to measure and is often unknown in food, making overdose (especially if you don’t know you’re consuming weed-laced food) more likely.

If you’re super nervous about consuming drug-laced foods at parties, consider these tips to help put your mind at ease:

Think about how well you know the host. Close friends or family who are aware of your desire to be drug-free are less likely to knowingly expose you to laced goods. People you don’t really know, though, might not be as considerate.

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Don’t eat the candy or baked goods. Edible marijuana most commonly comes in these forms. Stick to the Doritos or other well-known packaged goods. You may even want to bring your own snacks.

Ask questions. Finally, chat with other partygoers! Get the vibe of the crowd, learn more about the host (if you don’t know him or her), find out who made which dish, etc. To be super cautious, fill up by eating at home before going to the party. This will diminish temptation.

Have fun at parties! But there’s nothing wrong with a little extra precaution if you find yourself in unfamiliar surroundings.

Is eating marijuana more dangerous than smoking marijuana? 

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

  • The effects from smoking marijuana only takes minutes. Edibles, however, take between 1-3 hours because food is absorbed into the bloodstream through the liver. Because it takes longer, the user may end up consuming longer amounts of the drug while thinking the drug isn’t working.
  • The amount of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is very difficult to measure and is often unknown in these food products.  
  • If the user has other medications in his or her system, their body may metabolize different amounts of THC, causing THC levels in the bloodstream to dangerously increase five-fold.
  • Overdose symptoms from eating marijuana are often more severe than symptoms of an overdose from smoking marijuana.

What are the negative effects of marijuana edibles?

  • Psychotic episodes
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Panic attacks
  • Impaired motor ability

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.

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