A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis Edibles
It’s important to know exactly what to expect when taking cannabis edibles. This guide will help you identify the kinds of edibles available, how to apply the correct dosage, and what to expect from a smokeless alternative of THC.
What Are Cannabis Edibles?
A cannabis edible is a food or drink that contains activated cannabis concentrates. Health Canada differentiates them by labeling them “edible cannabis solids” and “edible cannabis beverages.”
Though smoking cannabis is traditionally the preferred method of consuming the drug, eating cannabis is rapidly becoming more popular as well.
There are a number of food products that can be infused with cannabis, such as brownies, gummies, and cereal. Almost any food product can be infused with cannabis and eaten.
You can also use cannabis-infused cooking oil or butter directly on prepared food in addition to placing cannabis directly in food.
Ingesting Versus Smoking
It’s equally as easy to get high from edibles as it is from smoking weed, if not more. However, the process of getting high when you consume edibles is a bit different than when you smoke cannabis.
It is the digestive tract that passes edibles on their way to the stomach, where they are absorbed. In the liver, cannabis’ active compounds are metabolized into 11-hydroxy-THC, a compound that is both more potent and persistent than THC.
It takes considerably longer for THC derived from edibles to be absorbed into the bloodstream because edibles must travel through the digestive system and liver before being absorbed by your body. However, once it does, its properties become stronger, and its half-life increases.
In contrast, smoking has a completely different effect on the body. THC is absorbed almost immediately into the bloodstream after being inhaled by the lungs, making its way to the brain.
Once THC enters the brain, the substance binds to receptors in the endocannabinoid system, especially those on the CB1 receptors, causing the euphoric feeling typically associated with getting high.
Smoking cannabis has a rapid onset due to the short amount of time between inhalation and THC reaching the brain. Its effects are almost immediate, albeit shorter than its edible counterpart.
The Effect Your Consumption Method Has On Your High
Let’s take a closer look at how smoking cannabis and eating cannabis edibles affect you once you’ve learned how they both work.
It takes anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours for THC to be metabolized when you consume an edible. Since THC is absorbed and metabolized slowly, it takes longer for the effects to kick in. But when you start feeling the effects, you will typically feel stronger and they will last longer than if you had smoked a joint. This is because 11-hydroxy-THC is more potent and also has a longer half-life than THC.
Cannabis edibles high typically last eight to twelve hours, whereas a high from smoking weed lasts three or four. However, the intensity and length of your high depend on a number of factors (including dosage, potency, and quality).
In addition to the consumption method, how much you consume also influences your high. The immediate effects of smoking weed allow users to gauge how high they are at any given time. Thus, they tend to overconsume less often.
In contrast, people who overconsume edibles can have some difficulties. THC can take three hours to metabolize, which can lead people to believe their edible doesn’t work, resulting in them ingesting another edible, which will increase their dosage and intensity.
To gauge the effects of edibles, starting with a small dose and waiting 24 hours is always a good idea. If needed, increase the dosage incrementally every 24 hours until you have reached the desired effect.
What Kinds of Edibles Are Available?
Luckily, there’s something to please the taste buds of anyone to be found in edibles. No matter what your sweet tooth preference is.
Cannabis-infused chocolates, like Legend THC Raspberry Milk Chocolate, give users a sweet option to ingest their intake of cannabis. Using organic fair trade ingredients, Master Chocolat, an award-winning fourth-generation Belgium chocolatier, makes this raspberry milk chocolate with a premium 46 per cent Belgium milk chocolate formulation. The legendary chocolate is scored into four equal pieces of 10mg THC, and each bite is one of a kind.
If you don’t like chocolate, you can choose cannabis-infused gummies. With a variety of different flavors, these allow for the same experience but in an alternative snack form.
Kelo Cannabis has a wide variety of cannabis-infused gummies. Select your favorite flavor like Mango, Blueberry, or Watermelon, to enjoy their THC benefits.
If snack items aren’t your thing, never fear. Cannabis can still be ingested via capsule form. Dosecann THC Oil Capsules give people the opportunity to take 10 mg doses of THC without fear of falling off their sugar-free diets.
What Happens if You’re Too High?
Overconsumption of cannabis edibles is common. Here are some tips to keep in mind should this happen.
Don’t panic. The end isn’t near, and everything will be okay! It’s possible for newbies to become paranoid, freak out, or even self-hospitalized when eating too many cannabis edibles at once.
You may feel uncomfortable, but cannabis is very safe, and you won’t have any problems after the high wears off. Cannabis itself does not have the possibility of causing bodily harm or death, unlike being blackout drunk. That being said, do not drive or operate machinery while having eaten any edibles.
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