“As the parent of a young child, I know how important it is to store cannabis products safely and keep them out of their reach,” said Chris Alexander, executive director of New York Office of Cannabis Management, on a recent state education campaign. spear.
When it comes to adults, the apparent risk is someone getting too high – an experience that some veteran pot smokers say has made them want to stay away from edibles.
Many people working with cannabis say consumers need to be better informed about what an appropriate dose looks like. Sometimes it can be 5mg of THC or less, which can mean eating a fraction of a candy or candy bar.
“If you accidentally took 100 milligrams once and had a really bad time with that, you know, I’d have a really bad time with that too,” Silva said.
It’s unclear how much of a threat unregulated edibles pose to public health beyond potential excessive or inaccurate THC content.
In addition to potency testing, Phyto-Farma Labs performs a series of tests to ensure that cannabis products, including edibles, do not contain anything else that could be harmful to consumers. They rarely find anything alarming, although they are currently mainly testing regulated medical products, according to lab supervisor Caruso-Thomas.
Marco Pedone, the co-founder of Phyto-Farma Labs, said he’s willing to test any product a consumer brings in that he’s unsure about.
“It would be foolish to think that we would deny this service to the public,” he said.
But he added that that doesn’t mean he will offer his services to unlicensed edible makers and sellers. He made a distinction between those entities, which break the law under New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, and consumers who are legally permitted to possess up to 3 ounces of cannabis.