The idea that cannabis edibles contain the active ingredient THC, which is the compound in marijuana that gets users high, is a misconception. Although THC is present in small amounts in marijuana buds and stems, it has been shown that ingesting cannabis can also have health benefits; these benefits include an anti-inflammatory effect on the body as well as protection against certain types of cancer. As such many people wonder if there is a connection between edibles and cancer or how much they should eat. Currently, there is still much research to be done on the subject.

Can Edibles Cause Cancer?

When it comes to edibles, the short answer is that no one quite knows the effect, if any, they may have. However, when it comes to recreational use, some scientists believe that while chronic use may have no ill effects, the short term effects of long term cannabis use could be quite harmful, especially for those who suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and other forms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Long-term cannabis users have been known to experience hallucinations, paranoia, and the inability to concentrate. Because there are no side effects on edibles, it may be possible to over-use edibles without fear of an occasional overdose.

There are also no known long-term side effects of edibles, which is one of the major reasons why many people turn to using them instead of prescription medications. Currently, there are only two prescription medications on the market that are currently approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration for treating anxiety and depression. While both drugs treat symptoms, the differences between the two is the type of pharmaceutical product used – and CBD is different from THC. In fact, the only FDA approved ingredient in a prescription anxiety medication is the anti-anxiety agent diazepam. Other than that, there are no approved edibles and it is unknown whether there are any serious side effects to consider using them instead.

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