What Synthetic Marijuana is & Why it’s Dangerous

Many products out there can serve as dupes for more expensive alternatives,  but why someone would think that synthetic marijuana was necessary to create is beyond us.

Also known as fake weed, K2, or Spice, synthetic marijuana is far from natural and poses many potential dangers.

So, while the scientific-sounding name may make it sound like some new revolutionary invention, synthetic marijuana is a scary and unpredictable product that you should avoid at all costs for several reasons.

What is Synthetic Marijuana?

Fake weed goes by many names, including K2, K2 Spice, Skunk, Chaos, Dank, Blue Haze, Wicked X, Zen, Lava, Genie, SPICE and more.

The ‘synthetic’ part of its more formal title is just like it sounds.

In other words, synthetic marijuana isn’t like regular weed or cannabinoid products, be they concentrates, edibles or regular flower that you would typically buy from a dispensary or online.

In fact, fake weed can contain any combination of plant material, including herbs or spices, that are sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids.

Synthetic cannabinoids are primarily created in labs across the world and are then smuggled across various borders for distribution. 

The intent behind creating synthetic marijuana for producers is to mimic the effects of THC, the primary psychoactive compound that gets us high.

For the most part, producers conduct their business underground, with their synthetic marijuana sold in black markets to trusting, unaware customers. 

Often, these customers are drawn towards synthetic marijuana for its mind-altering properties without showing up on a drug test.

However, synthetic cannabinoids and fake weed often contain large amounts of pesticides, insecticides and other harmful elements. 

Ingesting these chemicals could lead to or cause various health complications. Such adverse consequences include damage to the user’s nose, throat, lungs and can even cause certain types of cancer.

Fake Weed – Is it Legal?

Currently, in Canada, synthetic marijuana is not legal nor is it deemed legal in most other regions of the world.

 That said, producers try and find loopholes for these restrictions by using different names or labels to avoid being detected.

Brands use a “not for consumption” warning label to avoid legal liability. Credit: Mike De Sisti

For example, some manufacturers may use labels that describe their synthetic marijuana as “herbal incense” or “potpourri.” 

Others may go so far as to say that the items are “not for human consumption” to work around the potential legal implications.

That said, these products are severely underregulated, and many don’t even have the herbs and ingredients they claim to on their labels. 

In this sense, learning how to detect these products and distinguish them from legitimate marijuana items is essential.

Don’t worry. We’ll explain how to do just that a little later on!

What Does Synthetic Marijuana do?

To the unsuspecting stoner, synthetic marijuana may seem appealing because it can be ingested through the typical consumption methods, including smoking, vaping, infused into edibles etc.

That said, the effects are one of the key methods for indicating the differences between real and synthetic cannabinoids.

Some tokers state that synthetic cannabinoids produce a shorter head high while making them feel relaxed and at ease.

Users also report experiencing:

  • Elevated mood
  • Relaxation
  • Altered perception

However, since there are almost countless variations of synthetic cannabinoids, it’s unpredictable and uncertain what exactly you’re putting in your body.

In other words, you could potentially be ingesting some pretty nasty stuff without knowing it. 

Many of those synthetic cannabinoids can be damaging and cause an onslaught of negative side effects.

This unpredictability also extends to each batch of synthetic cannabinoids coming out of these labs. There’s no way of ensuring that all batches will be sprayed evenly. 

As we mentioned before, there also aren’t any regulations in place to monitor dosage levels or the ingredients used.

smoking synthetic marijuana

Because of these less-than-favourable circumstances, even though synthetic cannabinoids can mimic the psychoactive effects of real weed, they can also cause a wide range of negative health effects, including:

  • Anxiety – This is one of the most prevalent side effects of synthetic cannabinoids. It can present in multiple ways, such as sweating, rapid heart rate, spikes in blood pressure, paranoia, and, in severe cases, seizures or tremors.

  • Confusion/Incoherence – Using synthetic marijuana may also cause some users to experience hallucinations, disorientation, confusion and slurred speech mimicking that of being drunk from alcohol.

  • Kidney Damage – Using synthetic weed over long periods can cause significant kidney damage.

    This impairment can cause other bodily functions to malfunction or shut down, leading to the need for hospitalization and dialysis.

  • Overdose – We’ve repeated it multiple times, but synthetic marijuana is severely underregulated. As such, it’s nearly impossible to know for certain what you’re putting in your body. If used repeatedly or frequently, these components can lead to an overdose, resulting in chest pain, heart palpitations, and, in the most severe circumstances, fatal heart attacks.

Other adverse health effects of synthetic marijuana include:

  • Altered perception
  • Violent behaviour
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Vomiting
  • Stroke
  • Blurred vision
  • Mood swings
  • Reduced blood supply to the heart

Since there’s almost no way to reliably know where synthetic marijuana comes from or what’s in the mix, there is no real logical reason to think that using it would be a good idea.

It’s our recommendation if you want to avoid experiencing any of the harsh adverse effects listed above, just to steer clear of the drug completely.

After all, why opt for synthetic plant material when you can get the real deal!

How to Recognize Fake Weed

As we said, you shouldn’t need to purchase synthetic marijuana or cannabinoid products when the real deal is so much better.

One of the most effective methods to ensure you aren’t getting fake weed is to buy it from a licensed dispensary or reputable MOM that allows users to buy weed online.

Another trick for telling natural marijuana and synthetic plant material apart is that marijuana synthetic is often too colourful to be regular weed. It can come in all sorts of shades, including red, green, blonde and brown.

You can also sometimes spot the difference by investigating the product label a bit more closely.

While many products use the loophole of ‘herbal incense’ or ‘potpourri’ to sneak under the radar, upon closer inspection, many synthetic products will not indicate a specific dosage or active ingredients.

Most budtenders at a dispensary or through an online chat feature would be able to provide, in detail, the various elements of your cannabis product.

Sugar Jack’s edibles have always and will continue to always use all-natural ingredients and all-natural weed. 

All of our edibles are made with premium THC distillate extracted from full bud cannabis, healthy manuka honey from New Zealand and naturally sweet cane sugar for a naturally great time! 

While some sellers may try and mask the smell of their synthetic products with sprays, there’s nothing that can quite mimic the dank, delicious smell of real, authentic bud. Since its ingredients are artificial, synthetic marijuana will not smell like real weed.

In other words, if it doesn’t smell dank, it’s probably rank!

K2 Spice is Not so Nice

With little information to go off of in terms of the long-term effects of synthetic marijuana and cannabinoids, it’s best just to avoid it altogether.

That said, there are some sketchy characters out there who continue to make a profit off these products without any real regard of how it may affect those they’re selling to. 

Ultimately, there is no real scenario where buying or using synthetic marijuana is the right call.

To ensure the safety of yourself and your fellow tokers, it’s crucial to learn the warning signs and what to look out for to ensure that your weed is in fact natural, reliable reefer. After reading this article, you have just that!

As always, stay safe and make good choices!

What Weed Beer is, How it’s Made and More

You’d think that weed and alcohol would be a match made in heaven, but really, it’s a recipe for overindulgence that could lead to bad decisions and even worse side effects, like becoming crossfaded or greening out, quicker than you can say, “toss me a cold one!”

It’s true what they say. It’s all about moderation! While mixing vices may seem like a tempting scenario to consider, there are multiple criteria surrounding weed beer that just make it a bad idea.

That said, if you’re thinking that purchasing weed beer will give you the best of both worlds, you might be sorely disappointed. This fact is because weed beer isn’t actually beer but rather non-alcoholic.

But if it’s not cannabis-infused beer, what is it, and why is mixing beer and weed not a good call? Rest assured, dear readers, today we will be outlining just that.

So, stick around because this information could save you from a less than savoury experience!

What is Weed Beer?

Since the widespread legalization of recreational and medical marijuana, manufacturers have had the opportunity to experiment with multiple different product variations and forms, with weed beers being just one example.

Gone are the days of buying some questionable bud from some sketchy guy in an alley. 

Nowadays, there are countless different cannabis products to choose from, including cannabis concentrates, edibles, cannabis topicals and THC tinctures and more — all with the benefit of knowing precisely what’s in it and who made it.

The catalogue of evidence surrounding the negative side effects of smoking continues to grow. This evidence has motivated many tokers to go the healthier route by seeking out products that don’t require them to inhale potentially harmful toxins and carcinogens

As such, edibles and cannabis-infused beverages, like cannabis-infused beer, have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years.

Cannabis beer, specifically, is not exactly what its name implies in the fact that it’s non-alcoholic. This distinction is because current laws in Canada prohibit the mixing of any weed products with alcoholic beverages. 

So, in reality, CBD or THC-infused ‘beers’ is a category of cannabis products comprising beer-like beverages designed to resemble the same flavour and be consumed like regular alcoholic beer, except they aren’t allowed to contain any actual alcohol. 

Essentially, they swap out the alcohol and replace it with cannabinoids instead.

It’s a classic case of the old switcheroo!

That said, legally, manufacturers must remain within the same guidelines enforced upon more conventional edibles. 

In other words, the THC concentration can’t exceed the 10 mg mark. Additionally, according to a 2019 Global News article, producers are confined to more specific rules.

For example, they aren’t allowed to sell their product or advertise them using the words ‘wine’ or beer,’ or associated terms such as ‘lager’ or ‘Bordeaux’ attached to them.

cannabis beer

As well, in this same context, cannabis-infused beverages like weed beer work out to 2.1 litres. 

However, this conversion is based on fluid volume, not how much THC is actually in it. For cannabis beer, this works out to a little more than six standard-sized containers. Retailers are not allowed to sell more than that.

According to Terry Donnelly, former CEO and Chairman of Hill Street Beverage Co., these rules only create incentives to produce smaller, more concentrated drinks.

“Basically, it means that you can carry a bunch of 50-millilitre shots with 10 milligrams of THC per shot, but you can’t carry safer, more diluted larger bottles,” he explains in the article. “You will have certain people out there creating small serving sizes with high doses as a way to just sell the maximum intoxication level.”

Donnelly continues that if the government is trying to protect consumer safety, one would assume that opting for 750 ml bottles with 10 mg of THC is safer than a 50 ml bottle with 10 mg in it.

Additionally, cannabis lawyer Trina Fraser had this to say about the questionable rules: “It pays no attention to how much THC is present. It does this arbitrary conversion,” she explains. “Why it’s based on volume as opposed to concentration, for the most part, I don’t recall, or I don’t know.”

All things considered, these controversial production loopholes to contain the highest intoxication level while remaining within legal guidelines could spell trouble for consumers.

How is Weed Beer Made?

While you might think how cannabis beer is made is simple and straightforward, the process is actually much more involved.

Initially, manufacturers must convert a starchy grain (most commonly, barley) into ‘sugar,’ also called wort. This wort is then added to yeast. The enzymes in the yeast convert the sugar into a higher-grade substance.

When creating regular beer, producers then add hops. Hops and weed actually have more in common than you might think, with one similarity being that both plants separate and develop into male and female plants. 

Since producers want to avoid having seeds in their brew, it’s female cannabis plants that are most frequently used to create weed beer.

They also both have antibacterial properties, which help the yeast do its job. 

For cannabis-infused beer, producers will substitute cannabis for hops or sometimes mix the two. Again, another classic case of the old switcheroo!

That said, before adding weed, producers must remove any impurities. They perform this task by soaking the cannabis in filtered water. This process also washes away other materials that may cling to the leaves.

When precisely to add the weed into the mix is a matter of debate among brewers. This is because adding cannabis into the wort as it’s boiling may cause a loss of terpenes in the process. In this sense, some believe that you should only add dried cannabis flower to the cooled wort.

However, this factor is a matter of experimentation and ultimately comes down to personal preference and individual taste.

However, when brewing a THC strain, brewers must keep in mind that a particular heat level is required to decarboxylate or ‘activate’ the THC present in the weed. In this case, too high or too low of temperatures could cause the weed to be less effective.

Another method commonly used is to incorporate flavourless and colourless CBD or THC isolate in liquid form. 

These compounds are typically nano-emulsified, meaning that the particles are small enough to be water-soluble. This trait also makes the cannabinoids more bioavailable, which is just a fancier way of saying the effects will come on faster and feel stronger once ingested.

One of the largest obstacles facing manufacturers is the legal requirements for basic production. More specifically, when it comes to the restrictions surrounding cannabis and alcohol. Many producers must make non-alcoholic beer and then ship it to a cannabis facility in order to create cannabis-infused beers.

Mixing Weed & Alcohol – Is it a Good Idea?

We’re going to keep this short and simple and say no. 

Mixing weed and booze is never a good idea. There are too many variables to lead to heavy intoxication and other bad situations. Our recommendation would be just to enjoy one or the other.

In this sense, we’d suggest sticking with some tasty cannabis edibles or indulging in a beer or two, but not both. 

Cannabis edibles are an excellent, discreet and practical method for receiving an accurate and consistent dose of THC or CBD every time.

With this in mind, here are three reasons why combining these two substances is a bad call.

Higher Risk of Dependence

Depending on a wide range of factors, including when you started consuming it, weed can be addictive. However, there is some grey area surrounding this concept compared to harder illicit drugs. That said, we do also know that alcohol is addictive.

According to a 2017 review, consumers who use alcohol and weed together are likely to consume more of both. This habit can increase a person’s risk of developing a dependence on alcohol, marijuana, or both.

Decreased Cognitive Function

It’s one thing to be high or drunk, but both? That’s a recipe for trouble. According to a 2011 study that evaluated performance on cognitive tasks among 21 heavy weed users who had consumed alcohol, those who consumed just alcohol had worse cognitive functioning than those who only ingested THC.

However, those who combined the two substances had reduced cognitive performance compared to those who had only ingested alcohol. In the long-term, mixing weed and alcohol may also be associated with decreased mental function and changes in brain structures, such as the hippocampus, the portion of the brain that plays a major role in learning and memory.

Higher Likelihood of Overdose

It doesn’t take a doctor to realize that combining any type of drug with alcohol increases the likelihood of a potential overdose. 

While there are no documented deaths due to a marijuana overdose, unfortunately, the same can’t be said for alcohol.

That said, experiencing a green out, also called a “temporary weed overdose,” is an unpleasant and dangerous situation, especially for younger people. 

However, the dangers and risks associated with an alcohol overdose are far more dangerous. 

Mixing weed products and booze increase the likelihood of developing alcohol poisoning or suffering an alcohol overdose, which is very serious and could even be fatal.

Weed Beer – Hazy, but not in a Good Way

In its non-alcoholic form, weed beer is a prime example of the new varieties of cannabis products currently at consumers’ disposal. However, advertising it using the name of an alcoholic beverage creates some confusion about the appropriateness of mixing the two.

While there are opportunities to take advantage of this new craft cannabis industry, its production and distribution rules remain relatively unclear and out of touch. 

These restrictions cause some producers to integrate the highest legal intoxication level with the smallest container, which may not be perceived as the most responsible thing. 

Hopefully, as time goes on and laws become clearer, these rules will change to promote a safer, more regulated approach.

However, it is crucial to emphasize that cannabis ‘beer’ should be non-alcoholic, and mixing alcohol and cannabis is not something that we would recommend. 

Instead, we’d advise sticking to your favourite cannabis edibles to get an accurate, reliable and precise dose every time, with a delicious flavour to boot!

Stay safe, friends!

Delta-8 THC – THC’s Less Potent Partner

Cannabis is made up of tons of different components and cannabinoids but have you heard of Delta-8 THC?

If you were to ask the average person what Delta-8 THC was, they likely wouldn’t be able to give you an answer. 

Even seasoned cannabis connoisseurs may have a bit of trouble finding the right words!

At Sugar Jack’s, we’re passionate about breaking through all the confusing language and simplifying things to make them relevant and easy to understand to consumers.

With this in mind, we’re going to get to the bottom of what Delta-8 THC is, its place in the cannabis industry and the questions surrounding its hazy legal status.

What is Delta-8 THC?

What if we told you that there was more than one type of THC? Mind-blowing, right? 

Well, it’s true!

In fact, there are well over 100 different cannabinoids present in your favourite plant. 

The THC we’re more familiar with, also known by its longer, more sciency name Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the most widely known because it’s the cannabinoid responsible for supplying the standard ‘high’ we all know and love.

Delta-8 THC, also known by a longer, more technical name Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, is unique in its own right. 

The 8 in Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol represents a chemical bond placement, one step over from where it’s located in Delta-9 THC.

Don’t worry – we’re not going to break out into a full-on chemistry lesson, but the placement is important, so we’ll try and explain it as simply as possible.

All this means is that, even though Delta-8 and Delta-9 THC share a similar molecular structure, a certain chemical bond appears on the eighth carbon instead of the ninth. 

So, while Delta-8 shares some qualities with its Delta-9 THC counterpart, other factors set them apart.

Comparing Delta-8 THC vs THC

Like we said above, Delta-8 and THC share multiple similarities. They’re both helpful in treating nausea, anxiety, pain and for stimulating appetite, for example. 

That said, Delta-8 is cannabis and hemp-derived. 

In other words, you can extract it from marijuana plants, or from hemp using specific breeding, extraction and processing methods.

Due to its chemical bond location, Delta-8 THC interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system slightly different from Delta-9 THC.

This means that depending on how you plan to use it, the effects of Delta-8 THC are far weaker than your standard Delta-9 THC.

delta-8 THC vs THC
 When administered, Delta-8 THC delivers weaker psychoactive effects than standard Delta-9 THC.

You’ll likely hear Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol described as ‘THC Lite’ because it still produces similar effects to tetrahydrocannabinol THC. 

They’re just weaker.  So, bottom line, Delta-8 will still get you high, just not as high as Delta-9 THC.

However, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 

These lighter effects mean that the chances of suffering some of the more unfavourable side effects of weed, like a green out, are lower. 

This factor could be beneficial for tokers more sensitive to THC or with lower tolerance levels.

Since it’s less psychoactive, Delta-8 THC also produces a more clear-headed high, which allows users to remain functional while still reaping the benefits of THC! 

Is Delta-8 Safe?

While the applications for this cannabinoid are promising, the scientific evidence surrounding Delta-8 is still relatively lacking. More research is necessary to understand its short and long-term effects.

As well, of the current evidence available, a majority consists of solely animal studies, with limited evidence on how Delta-8 THC interacts with the human body.

There are also questions surrounding the legal status of this cannabinoid.

Depending on where you live, the restrictions surrounding Delta-8 THC might remain somewhat unclear. 

The reason for this confusion lies in the fact that Delta-8 THC can be cannabis or hemp-derived.

In other words, while there are many regions where weed is still illegal, hemp, for the most part, is federally legal. 

Many producers and consumers see Delta-8 THC as a potential legal loophole to get high without facing any criminal charges.

Delta-8-THC is legal if derived from hemp.

The question of whether Delta-8 is entirely safe, however, remains up in the air. 

Since creating it involves altering CBD synthetically to create Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol, the process is not well-regulated.

Manufacturers do this because synthetically altering CBD is way cheaper to make since only trace amounts of the cannabinoid are found in hemp.

While more research into its effects on the human body is necessary, one of the most cited studies to look into Delta-8 THC is from the 1990s and describes the cannabinoid as an “efficient new cannabinoid antiemetic in pediatric oncology.”

For those that didn’t go to medical school, all antiemetic means is that it helps treat nausea, and oncology is the specific type of medicine that deals with cancer.

All things considered, the limited amount of scientific research surrounding the various properties of Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol and its potential negative side effects make determining a safety level difficult at best.

So, with this in mind, tokers should approach and try it at their own risk!

Delta-8 THC – A New Category of Cannabis Products?

Delta-8 THC can be understood as a tamed-down version of regular THC. 

While many regions across North America have legalized recreational and medicinal weed, not everyone has yet. 

The cannabis industry is nothing if not resilient, and producers have found avenues to create Delta-8 THC as a loophole to navigate various restrictions.

However, as we’ve highlighted throughout, the effects are weaker than standard THC. This could be a good or bad thing, depending on your desired effects and individual tolerance level.

If you want to give Delta-8 a try, we would advise you to approach it with caution. Since its legal status remains somewhat undefined, the quality assurance practices surrounding its creation are far less regulated.

In other words, you may not know precisely what you’re getting. 

With limited research about its impacts on the human body, further research is required to draw any real conclusions surrounding its safety.

Stay safe, friends!

What to do if a Kid Eats Your Edibles?

As a responsible adult, you want to do the right thing and take every precaution to ensure that your stash box remains safe and out of the wrong hands. However, that doesn’t mean that accidents don’t happen!

With the variety of cannabis products available on the market, edibles have emerged as one of the most popular due to their accurate dosing, portability and discreetness. 

That said, to an untrained eye, they’ll likely appear like regular cookies, gummies or whatever food item they are intended to resemble. 

While the government has laws to reduce the risks of accidental consumption while minimizing the appeal of weed to young people and children and requires producers to clearly illustrate on packaging to “keep out of reach of children,” there may come a time when the worst-case scenario happens. 

Of course, you want to take all preventative measures to ensure that kids don’t ingest edibles. 

However, should it happen, it is vital to know the necessary actions to take!

Additionally, it is crucial to follow every preventative measure to ensure that this doesn’t happen in the first place. 

Today, we will be outlining the various measures to take should a child accidentally ingest one or more of your edibles, how cannabis affects children, and preventative precautions to prevent such an event. 

Is Weed Dangerous for Kids?

The answer to this question is a bit complicated because it’s yes and no. 

Luckily, there has never been a case of an adult or a child dying from a marijuana overdose. That said, this isn’t to say that cannabis isn’t dangerous, but it isn’t fatal, either. 

Ingesting a lot of THC can be harmful to a kid in the short term and, in severe cases, can send them into a comatose state if consumed in high quantities. 

That said, the long-term effects are more of an issue, which is why it’s a top priority to keep your weed out of reach of kids. 

Some research indicates that early weed use can cause adverse long-term effects on the brain at a young age. Such impacts include delayed cognitive function that causes children to fall back developmentally compared to their peers. 

Scientific research indicates that the human brain develops into a person’s early 20s, which poses issues for repeated cannabis exposure while the brain is still in this crucial development period.

Additionally, young people who consistently use cannabis between the ages of 12 and 17 are more likely to develop related substance use disorders as adults. 

That said, if a child accidentally ingests your edibles one time, it’s unlikely to impact their brain development in a significant way. The issue here is prolonged and frequent use over time. 

However, to a terrified parent, the short-term effects and dangers are enough to incite panic, and understandably so.

How to Prevent Kids from Eating/Accessing Your Edibles

how to prevent kids from eating edibles

So, now that you know the inherent risks, what are some precautionary steps you can take to prevent your child or a child you know from accidentally consuming your edibles? 

For many, the strategy consists of a multifaceted approach. 

Keep Your Products Out of Reach 

This piece of advice is among the easiest and most effective. Ultimately, one of the best ways to avoid the scenario of a child accidentally ingesting a cannabis edible is to ensure that they don’t have access to them in the first place. 

Trust us. Your baked goods, like brownies, weed cookies, and space cake, will survive out of the fridge. It’s best to keep them in a locked drawer or somewhere high up that kids can’t reach. For items that need to be refrigerated, such as cannabutter, invest in a sealable, child-proofed container. 

Be Open & Honest 

When kids reach a certain age, they can determine for themselves the difference between right and wrong and what is and isn’t allowed. 

The mature approach would be to sit them down and have an open and honest conversation. 

You don’t have to indicate what the products are or the effects they have, just that they’re off-limits. 

Inform the child that the gummies or other edibles you have are not a new type of candy or treat, but instead that they’re medication that they are not allowed to have. 

Most of the time, kids are smarter than we give them credit for, and they’ll be able to understand the difference!

Know the Signs 

Even if you keep your weed edibles out of reach and clearly state that they are off-limits, kids will be kids, and if they want something badly enough, they will find a way. 

That said, knowing how to determine whether a child has ingested a cannabis edible is a crucial and essential skill to have if you plan on keeping marijuana products in the house. 

This point is crucial because children are smaller and weigh less than adults and the effects will be more intense. 

Symptoms will begin to present about 30 minutes to an hour after the child has ingested an edible. Signs a child may have accidentally ingested a cannabis edible include: 

  • Red eyes
  • Loss of balance
  • Lethargy/uncharacteristically tired
  • Increased heart rate 
  • Paranoia or confusion 

According to a 2017 study, lethargy is the most common side effect in kids who have accidentally consumed cannabis, with loss of coordination and balance being the second. 

What to do if a Kid Eats Your Edibles 

If you observe a child displaying one or more of the symptoms mentioned above, there is a chance they may have gotten into your stash. 

Should this happen, here’s what you should do: 

Don’t Panic

what to do if a kid eats your edibles guide

The most important thing to do is remain calm. The last thing anyone needs in this situation is to start freaking out. The child is likely already scared and confused, and inciting hysteria will only add more fuel to the fire. 

Instead, calmly address the child and make them feel as comfortable as possible. Tell them to take a deep breath and ask them if they have eaten anything they shouldn’t have. If they admit to it, great, you can address the situation accordingly. Still, they may be scared of getting in trouble, which will prevent them from openly admitting it. 

Reinforce that health and safety are the top priority and that you just want to make sure that they are okay and that they won’t get in trouble for being honest. 

Write Everything Down 

If you are able, try and figure out just how much THC the child consumed and when. Then, write it down. As you likely already know, it can take a while for edibles to kick in, and while they may be presenting some symptoms now, the effects may become more intense as time goes on. 

Make a note of the various symptoms the child is experiencing and monitor them over time. Write everything down. Watch to see if any other symptoms, such as those we outlined above, start to occur, including imbalance, drowsiness and trouble breathing. 

If you’re a parent, nobody knows your kids’ normal better than you. If anything seems out of the ordinary, write it down. If the child isn’t yours, any and all relevant information is crucial to refer to later. 

Call Poison Control 

This step is when all your notes become crucial. Once you have the number for your local poison control, the representatives will calmly walk you through the risk assessment and advise initial treatment options. From here, it is also vital to write down everything they tell you. 

If the child starts to fall asleep, this isn’t necessarily a cause for alarm so long as you can wake them back up. Keep the child comfortable and calm and continue writing down symptoms as time progresses. 

If you are unable to wake the child or are concerned that things are getting to a level where you don’t feel comfortable treating it on your own, it’s time to go to the emergency room. Should this be the case, be sure to take your notes regarding symptoms and the instructions relayed by poison control. 

Also, be sure to bring the packaging and what’s left (if anything) of the specific product ingested. Take a deep breath and try to stay calm. 

At the Hospital 

Once you arrive at the hospital, no matter how scared, ashamed or embarrassed you may be, the most important thing is to be upfront and honest. Nobody is there to judge you, but the doctors and nurses need all the relevant information to address the situation appropriately.

Now is the time to give the medical professionals all the notes that you previously compiled so that they can gain the necessary insights into what’s been going on. At this point, doctors will ask for a thorough health history of the child. They will also conduct routine testing, including measuring blood pressure, monitoring breathing, and other necessary evaluations.

In most cases, this process will take a while. Staff will want to monitor the child and provide supportive care, including oxygen, until the marijuana effects wear off. There is no immediate, easy fix in these situations, just a lot of hurry up and wait. 

Forgive Yourself 

Ultimately, ensuring a child’s health and safety is your responsibility, and if they manage to ingest your edibles and suffer the consequences, that’s on you, not them. However, you shouldn’t tear yourself apart with guilt, either.

Sometimes, these things happen. Why do you think that most medications these days have child-proof seals? That wasn’t always the case.

We live, and we learn. 

That said, such a vivid and terrifying experience should serve as a crucial reminder that learning how to store your weed properly is paramount to avoid such events from happening again.

Additionally, if you don’t have emergency numbers such as poison control written down somewhere or saved in your phone, do it now. You never know when you’re going to need it!

It’s Not the End of the World

While the best approach is prevention, you have to learn how best to prepare yourself should things go wrong. Having a child accidentally eat one of your edibles can be a horrifying and gut-wrenching experience, but it’s also avoidable if you instill best practices.

That said, should the occasion arise, remain as calm and level-headed as possible and remove shame from the mix entirely. Poison control and medical professionals are not in place to judge. They’re only there to help walk you through it and ensure that the child is safe.

Like we said, these things happen. After all, you’re human, and everyone makes mistakes. 

Still, it’s vital to equip yourself with the necessary information to know how to handle and address the situation to ensure the child’s safety and health and learn from the experience to make the adjustments needed to prevent it from ever happening again.

How Long Does Weed Last? The Duration of Effects

Weed can be a confusing plant to understand, especially when attempting to answer the question “how long does weed last?” 

That’s because the answer itself isn’t that straightforward. Depending on the type of cannabis product you consume, the effects can last for 30 minutes or upwards of 12 hours. 

If you’re wondering why and how that spread can be so large, then you’re not alone. 

This concept can be a bit daunting for the newcomers out there, especially if you’re trying to plan out a session to not interfere with other daily responsibilities. 

The truth is, weed can be used in a multitude of different ways, with each method differing in effects and duration. Other factors, such as individual physiology, also come into play and can impact the duration on a personal user level.

Ultimately, there are a lot of moving parts and elements to consider!

At any rate, we’re here to answer as best we can the great question, “how long does weed last?” So, if you’re interested in learning more, keep on reading! 

How Long Does Weed Last? What Determines It?

By far, the most significant influencing factor for determining how long cannabis can last is the method of consumption. In this way, the answer is that it depends. 

The cannabis plant is complex. It interacts with your endocannabinoid system to produce its effects. 

If you’re not already familiar, the endocannabinoid system is a built-in bodily system that produces its own variants of cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for various body functions, such as regulating mood, appetite, sleep, pain, and even our motor skills.

This system, in particular, allows our bodies to bind and interact with the phytocannabinoids produced by cannabis, allowing us to experience the psychoactive effects, the sensation we know as getting ‘high.’ 

Depending on which way (i.e. which form) we choose to consume cannabis, the route that these cannabinoids take for entering our bodies can affect how long and how different each experience can be from one another.

How Long Does a High Last?

For each specified method of cannabis consumption, the effects will last a different amount of time. So, to help you break it down, here are the most common methods of cannabis consumption as well as an explanation of how long the effects last for each.

Edibles

Cannabis edibles are by far the longest-lasting high that you’ll experience in this day and age. For reference, depending on the strength of the edible you’ve eaten, the high may last anywhere between 6 to 12 hours. In some cases, extreme doses may even seep over into the next day.

The main reason why edibles produce such a profound effect lies in how they’re absorbed by the body, which is entirely different from traditional smoking or vaping methods. 

The cannabis must pass through the gastrointestinal tract and is first metabolized by the liver before being absorbed. This process is why there is usually a short delay before the edible high kicks in.

When the cannabis reaches the liver, the THC gets metabolized into a different compound altogether, 11-hydroxy-THC. Also known as 11-OH-THC, this compound passes through the blood-brain barrier much easier than traditional old THC, so it gets absorbed in an instant. 

This transformation from THC to the more potent 11-hydroxy-THC is a huge reason why you might feel like you’ve been hit by a truck once edibles kick in.

Not only that, because it gets absorbed so easily, the effects are much more potent than if you were to simply smoke or vape your cannabis. 

Cannabis edibles are arguably one of the most reliable and accurate methods to dose. When buying weed online or from a reputable dispensary, each gummy, cookie or other items will have an exact, specifically measured dose attributed to it. 

While it may be difficult to know for certain precisely how long the high will last, you have the comfort of knowing the exact level of THC dose you’re taking, allowing you more flexibility to plan accordingly should you have to plan your sesh in advance. 

For more information regarding how long edibles last and how to dose them properly, check out our comprehensive guide here.

Smoking

So far, smoking cannabis is one of the most common ways to consume it. This method offers the most balanced set of effects of them all, giving a high that can last for around 3 hours. 

Compared to edibles, the effects of smoking cannabis are felt almost instantly as the cannabinoids have a chance to enter the bloodstream via the lungs directly.

Vaping

Similar to smoking, vaping offers a nice balance of intensity and duration. Although some may say it is more short-lived than smoking cannabis itself, it certainly does not involve inhaling any of the harmful carcinogens associated with smoking

Your typical THC vape pen will be able to produce a high that will last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours with a “cleaner” feeling high compared to smoking cannabis.

Sublingual Administration

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Sublingual administration fills the gap between smoking and edibles and is exclusive to cannabis oils and tinctures. The THC oil or cannabis tincture is applied under the tongue, where a bunch of mucous membranes are located. 

These membranes allow the cannabinoids to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream in a matter of 15 to 30 minutes. Their effects can last for about 6 to 8 hours.

Topical Application

Cannabis topicals are not known to produce any psychoactive effects, save for transdermal patches. Your typical cannabis-infused cream or CBD oil will be able to provide relief to areas that are inflamed. 

They still work upon our endocannabinoid system. However, the effects are mainly localized to the relaxing and therapeutic side of cannabis instead of the psychoactive side.

Does Weed go Bad? How Long Does Weed Stay Good?

Weed eventually does go bad, so if you’re sitting on a fat stack, you might want to enjoy it while it’s still fresh. That said, if you’ve just got your hands on a bunch of weed and are intent on keeping it fresh and dank, storing it in a cool, dark place will do wonders for it keeping it nice and fresh.

Ultimately, cannabis will not last forever. Typically, cannabis can be stored for about six months until much of its THC will have been diminished. The THC content of the weed will actually convert to cannabinol (CBN) over time, gearing your weed more towards sedation than producing actual psychoactive effects. 

All in all, aged weed tends to produce more sleepy weed.

Final Thoughts

Though the range of duration can vary greatly among weed and its more potent and concentrated THC-related derivatives, these effects won’t seem so random once you know what to look out for. 

Keep in mind, this article isn’t meant to be taken as serious medical advice. It is only a guideline to the duration of effects of marijuana.

We hope this has provided you with some peace of mind regarding how best to plan your next sesh. 

Happy dosing!

Does Smoking Weed Cause Acne?

Smoking cigarettes is known to be terrible for your health, including your skin, but does smoking weed cause acne? Even though smoking weed and cigarettes are two completely different things, you wouldn’t be alone if you wondered if marijuana also affected your skin. 

Make no mistake about it, there are a handful of beneficial medicinal properties associated with medical marijuana, but there are also a few side effects to consider, as well.

There is research on marijuana and its effect on the skin and acne that could give us some powerful insight as to how it all works, but the thing is, it’s still very young, so keep an open mind. 

So, without further ado, let’s jump right into answering the question, “does smoking weed cause acne?” 

Does Smoking Weed Cause Acne?

Acne is a widespread struggle for many people, typically originating from the early years of puberty. Even though acne technically isn’t supposed to flare up nearly as much in our adult years, it still happens from time to time.

We’ve all been there. It’s not ideal, but it happens.

Luckily for our fellow tokers out there, the research conducted surrounding smoking weed, and an increase in acne levels show no direct correlation, meaning that smoking weed shouldn’t directly cause you to get break out. 

But here is where it gets a bit tricky. 

The act of smoking weed in itself may not cause any acne flare-ups and inflammation on its own, but it might have some side effects that indirectly lead to it.

Don’t get us wrong, getting high from time to time is great and can help with a handful of things like anxiety, stress, and even chronic pain. However, if your looks matter to you, it’s essential to pay attention to the side effects because that’s where the money’s – in terms of knowledge and prevention techniques – at. 

Here’s what we’re talking about:

Getting High Makes us Crave Carbs

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Chances are, if you’ve ever been high before, you’ve had a case of the munchies. If that term doesn’t ring a bell, the munchies are a common side effect of consuming weed that causes a visceral craving for carbohydrate-rich foods, so anything like pizza, fries, chips, and most other types of junk food. 

The point is, being high usually makes us go crazy on these types of foods since it makes them taste so much better.

The problem is, these types of foods aren’t necessarily helpful for maintaining acne-free skin. In fact, they do more harm than good. 

This is because most of the foods we crave when we have the munchies are chock-full of refined carbohydrates and sugars and are known to spike our blood sugar levels and cause inflammation, making our skin produce more sebum, a type of oil that is produced by the skin.

Sebum by itself isn’t really all that bad. In fact, it’s actually used to help keep the skin and hair moisturized. However, when our bodies go into overdrive and produce too much of it, it starts to clog our pores and form whitehead pimples. Needless to say, this isn’t a great look if you’re trying to go the acne-free route.

Granted, you can avoid this altogether if you simply choose not to eat junk food while high. That said, it’s much easier said than done. If you’re one of the lucky few, who can resist, kudos to you.

Spikes in Hormone Levels

Oddly enough, weed is actually known to spike our testosterone levels. If you aren’t already familiar, testosterone is a hormone produced by the body, predominantly more in men, that can change behaviour, appearance and help build muscle and bone mass. 

Aside from all of that, a spike in hormone levels can do heavy damage to our clean skin.

Although weed may provide a temporary boost in testosterone levels, it’s relatively short-lived and is not currently known to have any large impacts on acne. 

Keeping that in mind, there is evidence that people who produce more testosterone typically have more acne than those who do not, so you might want to be careful.

Toxic Compounds in The Smoke

Make no mistake. Smoking is not good for you at all, let alone for promoting clear skin. Smoking has been proven to interfere with the blood circulation in the skin, which could enhance ageing and worsen the look of the skin. 

The lack of nutrients directed to the skin due to smoking may also make current acne worse. That said, alternative methods of enjoying marijuana may be more beneficial if you are currently dealing with skin conditions.

For example, if you’re looking for a convenient yet delicious method of getting your daily weed dose, edibles are a fantastic way to go. Edibles, such as those created by us at Sugar Jack’s, provide a discreet and delicious method of ingesting your favourite icky sticky without producing any harmful smoke that could damage your skin. 

Not only that,  but edibles are accurately dosed to ensure that you know just how much you’re taking for a fun and reliable experience any time, anywhere! 

Too Much Weed Can Lead to Too Much Stress

Studies have shown that consuming too much weed can actually increase stress levels rather than decrease them, which is pretty counterintuitive if you’re trying to use it to relieve stress and anxiety. 

However, the problem with getting stressed out or increasing cortisol levels is that they tend to slow the healing of existing acne zones, making sure they stay on your skin for longer. 

With that all said and done, you don’t need to completely put your cannabis use to a halt, but introducing a bit of moderation could benefit the health of your skin, and the rest of your body for that matter, by a longshot.

What About Weed for Skin?

Depending on how you take it, weed is going to affect your skin differently. That said, consuming it in traditional ways, like smoking, may lead to indirect acne flare-ups through some of the previously mentioned routes.

However, many marijuana products like cannabis topicals, including creams, lotions, and oils, can be applied directly to the skin for some localized relief without the harmful effects associated with smoking.

Since the skin is home to a decent amount of cannabinoid receptors, you’ll get some of the therapeutic and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis without getting high. This is a great way to spot-treat acne flare-ups or areas of the skin that have become targets of inflammation.

Should You Continue to Smoke Weed?

smoking weed and acne

Since smoking itself is actually pretty harmful to your skin, it is advised to stop smoking altogether to get the max benefit while enjoying your weed. Instead, you can try to vape your weed, eat your weed in edible form, or even try tinctures.

That said, if smoking weed holds a special place in your heart, and you just can’t stop, you might want to look towards cannabis topicals.

Even still, if you just can’t imagine not smoking weed ever again, practicing moderation is the best way to ensure healthy habits. You can even switch things up while still ingesting regularly by incorporating these other products into your smoking regimen to add some variety while spacing out smoke seshes. 

Healthy Herb Habits

We all love getting high from time to time, and even though the research indicates that there is no evidence that smoking weed can cause acne, it’s important to be aware of some of the side effects that may lead to acne in the future. 

So, if you feel a case of the munchies coming on, make sure that your kitchen is stocked with healthy snack alternatives to avoid ingesting too much junk food and increasing oil production in your skin. Also, split up your smoke seshes by integrating new and fun weed-infused products into your regime to keep things interesting. 

Of course, practicing healthy skin habits such as cleansing and moisturizing regularly are also excellent ways to ensure that your skin is clear and pristine.

Stay healthy!