Making food is an art form that calls for experimentation and creativity. In the past, this has meant being liberal with the spice rack or not using the specified measurements in the recipe. In recent times, however, this means creating edibles.
You may have read the recent New York Times column depicting Maureen Dowd’s experience with edible marijuana. What started as simple exploration turned into a complete nightmare.
Dowd tried edible marijuana in Denver, Colorado, while reporting on the phenomena. While experimenting with the newly legalized Colorado trend, Dowd experienced extreme paranoia among other unpleasant feelings. Upon continuing her research, she found that people like her—who are trying this for the first time—are actually not recommended to eat these edibles whole, but in 16 pieces.
However, this recommended serving size was not explicitly stated on the wrapper.
This caveat, along with many others, is a clue as to why Colorado organizations are questioning marijuana usage in edible form. Specifically, people are questioning what amount of pot is adequate to put in edibles.
According to a recent article in USA Today, an edible can currently have up to ten servings, each serving allowing ten milligrams of THC. You’ve done the mental addition; this means an edible can have one hundred total milligrams of THC.
What you may not have added up, though, is what constitutes a serving size. And that is because the state of Colorado hasn’t either. Maureen Dowd, along with many others, has fallen victim to the negative effects caused by this lack of information—with some effects having fatal consequences. This will surely be a hot topic in Colorado’s legislature when it reconvenes.
Marijuana users both novice and habitual should be cautious when trying edibles. Also, if you are in the business of creating edibles, be sure to stay updated on the laws and regulations surrounding marijuana products that are still in the works.