Medical marijuana edibles might just give users more than they bargained for if they’re not careful. According to a new study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The research study examined numerous medical marijuana edibles from different retail establishments in the cities of Seattle, Washington, San Francisco, California and Los Angeles, California.
The investigative team discovered that there are inaccuracies in the dosing of edible medical marijuana products in all three metropolitan areas. Specifically, out of the total 75 edible products purchased only 17 percent were actually accurately labeled for THC content (the active ingredient that makes people “high”. 23 percent had more THC than indicated. 60 percent had less THC.
The research group’s work revealed that medical marijuana patients cannot always believe what they read on the labels of pot products in those cities. Several sources also indicate that this new research has Colorado residents concerned about the medical marijuana products being sold in their home state.
As previously reported, Colorado state law requires that all pot products sold there must be properly labeled and packaged. THC content, however, is not something that Colorado requires to be on the marijuana edibles labels.
In fact, Colorado businesses that sell medical marijuana edibles are not even required to have the products tested until the laws change in July 2016. Some businesses, however, have already begun the product-testing process.
Joe Hodas of Dixie Elixirs told CBS4: “We go ahead and test those medical products because we want to know how much THC we’re putting in there to make sure that we’re accurate with our dosing.”
While experts report that too much THC can theoretically cause anxiety, hallucinations and vomiting, underdosing can also be an issue. Hodas notes: “If they’re using it to treat an ailment we want to make sure they have enough medicine in the product so they get what they’re paying for” and suggests qualified patients purchase pot products from reputable businesses.
Dosing Of Medical Marijuana Edibles Inaccurate