One of the most popular and fastest growing marijuana item is an edible. These are food products infused with marijuana. Though smoking marijuana is the most prevalent method of consumption, eating marijuana is quickly becoming a popular way to consume the drug.

Brownies are among the most common food products infused with marijuana, however, almost any food product may be infused with marijuana and eaten. Today “gummies” are rapidly increasing as popular ways to take the drug. They look like common everyday candy but they can pack a punch!

In addition to placing marijuana directly in food, marijuana-infused cooking oil can be used when frying or searing food, and marijuana-infused butter can be spread directly on prepared food. These marijuana edibles are more common in states that have legalized marijuana and also states that permit medical marijuana use.

You should be careful when digesting marijuana laced food items as the effects from smoking marijuana only takes minutes. Edibles, however, take between 1-3 hours because food is absorbed into the bloodstream through the liver. Because it takes longer, the user may end up consuming longer amounts of the drug while thinking the drug isn’t working.

The amount of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is very difficult to measure and is often unknown in these food products. If the user has other medications in his or her system, their body may metabolize different amounts of THC, causing THC levels in the bloodstream to dangerously increase five-fold. Overdose symptoms from eating marijuana are often more severe than symptoms of an overdose from smoking marijuana.

Among 12th graders (high school seniors) who used marijuana in the past year, 40 percent reported having consumed it in edible form in medical marijuana states, versus 26% in non-medical marijuana states. An edible creates no smoke, no odor and is easily stored.