How To Tell Which Cannabis Edibles Are Safe, and Which You Should Avoid
When you’re trying to decide whether a cannabis edible is safe, there are a lot of factors that go into it. Not only do you have to be aware of the ingredients and nutritional information, but also how much THC is contained in the packaging or wrapper.
There are some things that could help influence you on whether or not an edible is safe for consumption:
The company that makes it — if it’s not licensed by Health Canada, then it might not have gone through rigorous testing for potency and safety purposes;
The packaging — if there are any signs that indicate tampering such as holes or punctures; The smell — if something smells funny then don't eat it;
The color — some colors like green can mean mold growth while others like brown mean they've been baked too long at high temperatures;
Your weight and tolerance level — someone who weighs 250 pounds will get more effect from eating half an ounce compared to someone who weighs 120 pounds!
Make sure you get your edibles from a trusted source.
If you're new to the world of edibles and looking for your first experience, it helps to familiarize yourself with who makes the best products. Some companies produce top-notch products while others don't.
Make sure that you do your research before deciding which edible is right for you. There are many factors that can influence how well an edible works—including how much THC is in each product, how long it takes to kick in and how long its effects last—and not all brands are created equal. If a company has been around for a while (15+ years) and has built up a reputation as being reliable, chances are they will be able to provide consistent quality over time.
When looking at reviews online or asking friends, family members or colleagues about their experiences with different edibles brands, keep in mind that everyone reacts differently so what works well for one person might not work as well for another person even though they did everything exactly the same way!
Avoid edible products that have been incorrectly labeled with misstated THC levels.
If you’re looking for a general rule, keep in mind that THC levels should be printed somewhere on the packaging. As with any cannabis product, accurate labeling is extremely important since it will tell you exactly what your edible contains so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not it’s right for you.
The most common way to measure THC content in edibles is milligrams (mg). It's important to note that this isn't necessarily equivalent to milligrams of CBD; each edible has its own unique ratio of cannabinoids—the more CBD there is relative to THC, the less buzzy you'll feel when consuming it. The same goes for edibles containing very high amounts of THC: these products may produce intense psychoactive effects but won't leave customers feeling sleepy or relaxed like other options might do.
When it comes to dosage, there are no hard and fast rules. However, most people find that 5mg of THC per 100 grams of chocolate is a good place to start. That may sound like a lot at first, but once you factor in the size of your standard edible and the fact that THC content varies from product to product (and even from batch to batch), it's easy to see how this can vary somewhat based on what you're eating.
If you're buying edibles online, make sure the brand is reputable.
If you’re buying edibles online, make sure the brand is reputable.
Look for a company that has been around for a while and has good reviews. The longer they've been around, the more likely they have had time to perfect their processes and have built trust with customers.
Look at each company's transparency in regards to its production process, ingredients and testing. If they are not willing to share this information on their website or social media pages (especially when it comes to testing), be suspicious about what else they may be hiding about their products.
Another important factor to consider is where the products are made. It’s best for edibles consumers if manufacturers are using safe, clean facilities in states with legal adult-use laws. This will help keep your purchase safe from harmful contaminants.
Avoid cannabis edibles with fake food dye, artificial sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup.
There are a few ingredients in cannabis-infused edibles that you should absolutely avoid. These include food dyes, artificial sweeteners, and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Why do these ingredients matter? Because they can be harmful to your health and they don't taste good either! In fact, it's pretty common knowledge that artificial dyes are associated with causing cancer.
HFCS is also linked to obesity and diabetes—and guess what? It's found in almost all processed foods, including most cannabis-infused snacks. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame (found in sugar substitutes like Splenda) can cause damage to the nervous system over time by preventing your body from breaking down glucose properly.
And lastly: artificial colorings give edibles an unappealing appearance that many users find off-putting at best—and nauseating at worst!
When choosing your next edible treat, take note of how much sugar is being added by the manufacturer; if there's no HFCS on the ingredient list then chances are good that you're safe from any adverse effects caused by these less than ideal additives.
Unregulated and potentially dangerous additives are common in some edibles.
For example, one study found that over half of the edibles tested contained pesticides, artificial sweeteners (like high fructose corn syrup), and other additives like preservatives.
These kinds of ingredients exist in some people's daily diets without any problem—but when you're consuming them along with THC or CBD, your body has to process everything at once. That can cause an array of side effects like nausea, loss of appetite and vomiting.
Some companies also use cosmetics to add color to their products, which means they're not extracting THC properly from plants—and if they aren't extracting it correctly then you might be getting more THC than you bargained for.
Some companies are using untested cosmetics to add color to their edibles.
If you're going to eat cannabis-infused food, you want to make sure it's as safe and healthy as possible. Unfortunately, certain companies are using untested cosmetics to add color to their edibles. These dyes are not approved for consumption by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and can lead to allergic reactions or even carcinogenic effects in some cases.
The use of these dyes is widespread in the cannabis industry because they have been shown to help give products a more appealing look and taste—but at what cost? If you're looking for an alternative way to get your daily dose of cannabinoids without consuming toxic chemicals, there's no need: You don't need artificial colors or additives when there are healthier options available!
Some cannabis businesses use pesticides on their crops and don't properly clean the plant material before making edible products.
Some cannabis businesses use pesticides on their crops and don't properly clean the plant material before making edible products. Pesticides are used heavily in conventional agriculture, but they're not allowed in organic farming or cannabis agriculture (yet). Cannabis is still considered a Schedule I drug by the U.S. government, which means it's illegal to grow in most states—but even if you live in an area where growing is legal, there aren't any regulations on how growers must treat their plants or whether they can use pesticides.
The result of this lack of regulation is that some people might be consuming pesticides when eating edibles made from “clean” flower without knowing it. If you want to avoid potentially harmful chemicals from being processed into your body along with your dose of THC or CBD, you'll need to do your research about what kind of pest control methods were used during growth and extraction processes at each farm (or dispensary) before buying any products there—especially concentrates like hash oil or rosin that require intensive purification processes afterwards!
Some companies may not be extracting the THC properly, which can lead to uneven THC levels and an inconsistent experience for users.
The taste of an edible can be a good indicator of potency, but it's not always accurate. Some companies may not be extracting the THC properly, which can lead to uneven THC levels and an inconsistent experience for users. If you're not sure what you're getting, ask the manufacturer how he or she is extracting and then check out his other products to see if they've gotten better with time.
If you feel no effects after 30 minutes, eat more (but never more than 100 mg). Keep in mind that edibles are absorbed differently by everyone's body and how much you eat will depend on your metabolism, weight and tolerance level—not necessarily on how high you want to get.
It's very important to know how edibles are made so you can make a more informed decision about what you consume.
The most important thing to know is that edibles are made by extracting the cannabinoids from the plant material and then diluting it in another substance, like oil or butter. The amount of THC (the psychoactive ingredient) in an edible depends on how much plant material there is and how much is used, as well as how it was processed.
There are numerous ways to make cannabis-infused products, but some companies use pesticides on their crops because they don't want people getting sick from moldy weed that's been improperly stored or processed. Unfortunately, this can also contaminate your edibles with harmful chemicals that you wouldn't want to ingest!
We hope this article has helped you understand the importance of finding safe, reliable edibles. While many cannabis products are safe and effective, some have been found to contain harmful additives that can make them unsafe for consumption.
By reading this article, you now know how to avoid these dangerous substances. It’s also important to know that not all companies and brands produce their products in the same way—some are more trustworthy than others!