Dangers of Marijuana Edibles That People Never Talk About

With marijuana becoming legal in more places, more people are putting down their joints and trying edibles. But outside of knowing how quickly the high can kick in, there isn’t a lot of discussion about the negative side effects weed edibles can have.

Here are some of the dangers of marijuana edibles that people don’t talk about, and should. (The side effect on Page 5 is particularly shocking.)

Confused glands

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Do you constantly feel like your mouth is dry? | iStock.com

Anyone who regularly eats edibles may comment that it gives them cotton mouth. This is just one sign of how marijuana edibles can manipulate your body’s ability to function properly. Wikileaf tells us that consuming too much THC affects the submandibular gland’s ability to know that it needs to produce saliva. A lack of saliva long-term can negatively impact your oral health, or even your throat.

Next: From affecting your mouth, to affecting your brain


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Hallucinations can be terrifying. | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Getty Images

While altered brain function is more well-known side effect of eating cannabis edibles, not enough people recognize how dangerous that can be.In some cases, eating too many edibles can lead to frightening hallucinations and hyperventilation due to fear. This is only made worse by the fact that the high from edibles tends to last longer. (More on that on the last page.)

Next: And those hallucinations can lead to …

Anxiety and paranoia

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This is one of marijuana’s most terrifying side effects. | iStock.com/OcusFocus

Like with smoking weed, there’s no assurance in having a “happy high” every time you eat edibles. In fact, there’s a greater chance that you will get low. Medical Daily reports that “marijuana can cause anxiety on its own and also make anxiety worse for patients with the disorder.” So while these side effects may be more common in someone with a history of anxiety, those without it are not immune if they eat too many pot edibles.

Next: A side effect you wouldn’t expect


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Who knew? | iStock/Getty Images

THC raises testosterone levels in the body. When this happens, the Huffington Post says, the skin’s oil glands begin to over-produce and cause breakouts. While there is debate over how much THC has to be ingested to actually cause acne, it’s widely agreed that is also ages skin more rapidly.

Next: Perhaps the scariest side effect on our list

Respiratory insufficiency

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Are your lungs in danger? | Natali_Mis/iStock/Getty Images

This may sound crazy, since you’re ingesting marijuana instead of smoking it. In fact, the least talked about side effect of edibles is the effect they have on your breathing. But reports have shown that respiratory problems have arisen in children who ingest pot. (Since many edibles come in the form of sweet treats, it isn’t all that unlikely for a child to get into pot-infused goodies.)

Next: The following effect can seriously ruin your day

Longer-lasting high

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Those marijuana infused cookies may give you a long-lasting high. | AHPhotoswpg/iStock/Getty Images

Since everyone has a different metabolism and tolerance level, the length of an edible high can vary from person to person. But one thing is for sure — the high from eating marijuana lasts longer than the high from smoking it. Since edibles typically contain a much higher level of THC and take longer to be metabolized in the body, the effects can last for several hours and make it difficult to function properly throughout the day.

Next: Finally, the comedown

Extreme lethargy

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You may feel groggy the next day. | iStock.com/g-stockstudio

Once the marijuana wears off, fatigue begins to set in. Both mental and physical fatigue are common side effects, which can make getting through your day incredibly difficult. This may cause you to have trouble being productive during the day, and can be increasingly dangerous if you have to drive or operate heavy machinery.

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