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While some myths are harmless, others perpetuate inaccurate and potentially harmful narratives about marijuana.

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Dec 28, 2021December 28, 20213 minutes read Join the conversation The concept of edibles working best when served as a dessert isn't surprising given how “weed brownies” have become synonymous with the consumption of edibles.  / The concept of edibles working best when served as a dessert isn’t surprising given how “weed brownies” have become synonymous with the consumption of edibles. / Photo by mheim3011 / iStock / Getty Images Plus

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Can a person use raw marijuana in baked goods? Or trust the THC levels printed on packaged treats? Here are some “facts” about edibles that just aren’t true.

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As legal cannabis increases in parts of the US, it has lifted the popularity of weed edibles. People who have access to legal marijuana have the option of either purchasing edibles from a dispensary in the US, or making their own versions at home.

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Unfortunately, some people have held back from partaking of edibles because of myths around consuming them. These myths have, interestingly, become more widespread because of the growing popularity of edibles in the past several years. And while some of these are harmless, others perpetuate inaccurate and potentially harmful narratives about marijuana.

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Here are four of the most common myths about cannabis edibles.

Overconsumption can be fatal

Since edibles often have a high concentration of THC, it’s not uncommon for people who eat one of these treats to become concerned that they’re feeling related effects that may be uncomfortably stronger than intended.

Even though that’s is, indeed, the case, some will argue there’s no need to worry that overindulging on an edible could lead to an accidental fatal overdose. While edibles contain a higher concentration of THC than the average joint, it’s been reported that they still contain nowhere near the amount necessary to cause a fatal marijuana overdose.

Edibles perform best as desserts

The concept of edibles working best when served as a dessert isn’t surprising given how “weed brownies” have become synonymous with the consumption of edibles. The popularity of cannabis-infused candies only perpetuates this idea.

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The root of the myth that edibles are best served as desserts is based on a story that one of the earliest recipes on record for edibles consisted of brownies (which actually weren’t brownies at all) made by one of the nation’s earliest pot pioneers, affectionately nicknamed “Brownie Mary.”

Another reason why edibles are most commonly associated with desserts is because flavors such as peanut butter and chocolate can do wonders as far as masking the taste of cannabis goes.

Raw marijuana has the same effects as an edible

One of the most consequential mistakes anyone can make is deciding to make their own homemade edibles under the pretense that doing so is as simple as adding weed into cake mix. In actuality, a person first needs too undergo a process called decarboxylation, which activates the THC.

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Cannabis that hasn’t undergone this process won’t possess the psychoactive effects that people are seeking, which means adding raw cannabis to any recipe is basically a waste if getting high is the goal.

Labels are always accurate

Getting the most value out of a purchase is the goal of every smart consumer. When it comes to shopping for edibles, that probably means going for the ones with the highest THC percentage.

Since that information is provided on products that are sold at dispensaries, most people would probably assume that finding a potent edible on the shelves should be easy enough. But even though most people would assume that products coming directly from a lab are measured to perfection, this idea couldn’t be further from the truth.

A review conducted by The New York Times analyzed the ingredients in 75 edibles and found that just 17 of them had accurate depictions of their THC levels.

Since the legal marijuana industry is still relatively young, it’s safe to assume that it could be some time before the problems regarding mislabeling and false advertising of THC levels gets corrected.

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