A man in Australia recently learned the hard way that secretly lacing a birthday cake with cannabis as a prank is probably not a good idea, especially when there’s a chance of your family having too much and overdosing on THC.
In Sydney, a family gathered for a birthday party and lunch, when one of them, a man in his late 20s, thought he’d have a little fun. "Everyone was having a lovely time, and cake was passed around at dessert with fruit and cream and some nice little chocolate chunks sprinkled over it," another family member who wished to remain anonymous told radio station 3AW. "And it turns out the chocolate chunks contained marijuana."
She said the prankster thought his prank would “liven up the family party,” and that the chocolate cannabis chunks were acquired from “a mate who gets it in the US.” Unfortunately, instead of things getting more fun, everything went wrong.
"The effect was not immediate which I now know is the case with edibles. I've learned all about marijuana and edibles. Within an hour I was experiencing throat swelling and dizziness, within three hours myself and four other family members were hospitalized with overdose." said the lady.
"Apparently, I'm allergic to cannabis or whatever it was in that very high dose,” she said, also noting she had to take a few days off work to recover.
The woman’s parents, in their 80s, were also affected. "One was vomiting; the other had an extremely high heart rate," she said. "We were all terrified because we didn't know for some hours what was going on.
The problem was, in addition to secretly drugging your entire family, nobody knew just how much THC they received. It appears likely that they were given a high dose, and without expecting it, things can easily go wrong. This turned out to be more serious than that proverbial prank, spiking the punch.
"[The hospital staff] were frustrated because we were all talking nonsense. Everyone who was at the event was calling one another, and we didn't really know we were high."
"My point is we don't know the quantities in it. It's very unusual to have such severe reactions and no one ate a lot of chocolate, it was just sprinkled over the dessert."
Luckily the prankster fessed up. There’s no word yet on whether the prankster’s family is pressing charges. In Australia, recreational marijuana is still illegal although recreational marijuana has been legalized on the federal level.