|Possession of cannabis is a crime in many countries. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the relevant laws in your area.|
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Marijuana and sinsemilla are parts of the cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) plant, which is known for its psychoactive effects. Cannabis is often smoked for these effects, but it may also be incorporated into food for a similar result. As such, serving cannabis-containing foods without the eater's knowledge or consent is highly inappropriate and may be dangerous.
Oral consumption of cannabis can induce stronger psychoactive effects than most other methods of consumption. These effects often do not appear for up to an hour and a half after eating (due to the time it takes to digest the food), and it is common among first-time cooks (but long-time smokers) to eat too much thinking it has not worked. Use caution and proceed gradually when eating cannabis-containing foods to avoid undesirable effects.
If its psychoactive properties are desired in a dish, cannabis must first be decarboxylated to convert its THCA content into the psychoactive compound THC. This can be achieved by baking it for 30-40 minutes at 220˚F (104˚C). If overheated, the psychoactive compounds will degrade. Once decarboxylated, the cannabis may be stored or used in cooking. One common use involves infusing the decarboxylated cannabis in oil or butter, which is then incorporated into the final product.
- Some cannabis users may become dependent on the drug and experience symptoms of withdrawal, although exact statistics are unclear due to insufficient studies.
- Cannabis can cause tiredness, reddening of the eyes, dry mouth, increased heart rate, and a drop in blood pressure. Appetite is increased, and perceptions of distance and velocity can change. Illusions may occur. While the drug’s effects last, it is difficult to concentrate.
- Cannabis use can impair short-term memory while under the influence, and it may aggravate existing disorders in people with mental health issues. Some people, particularly inexperienced users, may feel quite edgy or paranoid after using it.
- Due to cannabis' strong psychoactive effects, people under the influence should not attempt to drive or operate heavy machinery.
- Possession of marijuana is illegal in many countries. Depending on where you live, prosecution may result in fines, imprisonment, and even execution.