Let’s start the marijuana feast in Oregon. Starting today, foods and beverages touched by the so-called Mary Jane are now available to any adult over 21. But you’d have to drive to Oregon to pick up the treats which are sold at medical marijuana dispensaries in that state.
It’s known that recreational cannabis has been legal to purchase in Oregon since last year. However, it only came in the form of a bud. Edibles and beverages have yet to be available for other consumers than medical marijuana cardholders. Good news, though. Starting Thursday, that’s about to change.
Let’s see what to expect from the marijuana feast in Oregon. The list of products includes chocolates, ice cream, peanut butter cups, hard candy, popcorn, coffee and soda. Additionally, medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to sell up to one gram of THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol) in extracts. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in the plant that makes people high.
With such a high selection of products soon to be available, the temptation will surely be hard to resist. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program manager says that the effect from the edible forms of marijuana come on slowly. Consumers are suggested to take a 5-mg dose and wait for an hour or even more until ingesting any more product.
People are not familiar with the late effects, apparently. Officials say that marijuana-related emergency visits have escalated in the last two years. In some cases, patients have eaten a whole bunch of marijuana cookies instead of just one.
A high dose of tetrahydrocannabinol can cause confusion or exacerbate existing mental health issues. In the case of overdosing on THC, consumers must seek emergency treatment. This consists in sedatives, fluids, and rest in a quiet location for up to six hours.
Dispensaries can sell one edible with no more than 15 milligrams of the active ingredient per day to individual custumers. All product must be packed in a child-resistant container that is properly labeled to indicate the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol and the overall weight of the product.
These products also have to be tested and labeled for potency, presence of microbes and pesticide contamination, only by a laboratory on an OHA list. The testing laboratories have until October 1 to become certified by the Oregon Environmental Laboratory Program.
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