That was the thought running through Jojo’s mind during a sleepover two years ago, when she decided to break out a cannabis-infused chocolate bar that she had gotten from a friend. With her family upstairs, Jojo, then 15, and another friend unwrapped the bar, which contained THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical from the cannabis plant that gets people high. “We each took a little bit,” says Jojo. The girls waited for the drug to take effect. After 40 minutes of not feeling anything, they split the bar and each ate half.
Bad idea. Before long, Jojo had trouble standing. “I could feel my heartbeat in my ears,” she recalls. “I felt like I was going to die.” Too scared to ask her parents for help, Jojo and her friend lay awake all night waiting for the drug to wear off. “We’d turn to look at each other, and I’d see fear in my friend’s eyes,” she says. “I was terrified too.”
There’s a lot Jojo wishes she’d known about cannabis before that night—including what to do when you consume too much—but like many teens, she didn’t have enough information. And she’s not alone. You might be picking up facts here and there from other kids, YouTube, or school, but it can be tricky to figure out what it all means. That’s why we asked Choices readers to send us their most pressing questions about cannabis. Read on for the eye-opening answers.