Packaged Marijuana Edibles Are Usually Lying About Their Potency

Staff Writer
The Oregonian tested 15 of the most popular cannabis-laced foods, and found that most of their potency claims are inaccurate
Packaged Marijuana Edibles Are Usually Lying About Their Potency
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Looking to buy some (legal) edibles in your state? You may be in for more than you bargained for.

In states where marijuana is now legal, like Colorado and Oregon, cannabis-laced edibles are a booming business. But how potent is your brownie? (or cookie, or lollipop, or root beer…) A new study from
The Oregonian
has found that 14 out of 15 of the popular edibles tested contain either more or less THC than advertised on the packaging.

According to the Oregonian, the state is supposed to test each product for food safety and potency before it hits the market. But still, 4 out of 5 of the tested products fell short when it came to the marked THC content, including Coma Treats pizza, which claims to have 350 milligrams of THC—a seriously-potent concoction. In reality, it actually has 85 percent less. Other poor performers included Gummiez candy, Infinite Flower cookie, and Steve’s root beer. Perhaps even worse is Drip ice cream, which contains 54 percent more THC than on the label, which could make for a hilarious prank or a nasty surprise. Of the 15 tested edibles, only Cheeba Chews chocolate listed the correct amount.

Most of the product manufacturers were just as surprised as The Oregonian’s testers, as companies usually spend thousands of dollars a month to pay state-sponsored or private labs to test their products.

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