Marijuana edibles have come a long way since the day when people started just mixing unprocessed, chopped pot leaves, into a brownie or cookie batter mix and baking it. Although, it did work and get you high, it was not as clean or as potent as today’s edibles.
Now that more legalization is taking effect, edible weed treats have become a multi-million-dollar market. Edibles are popping up at social dinners, game nights and other social gatherings where smoking is not socially accepted. Edibles are also a more considerate way to benefit from your cannabis without complaints from those around you, raising concerns over secondhand smoke.
While smoking still remains the most popular way to consume the cannabis plant, many people are increasingly to choose to get their marijuana benefits by consuming Gummy Bears, Infused Crafted Sodas, THC syrup or other types of edibles.
Eating cannabis-infused foods can be touchy, to date there is no record of anyone dying from too much weed, however, you do not want to over-indulge and end up with a bad experience. When adults understand how cannabis-infused edibles work in their bodies and are smart about consumption, it can be a great option for both medical marijuana patients and recreational consumers who’d rather eat or drink their weed rather than smoke it.
Current research suggests smoking marijuana isn’t as unhealthy as smoking tobacco. And for some people smoking or inhaling smoke is just not a familiar experience and they do not like it. Studies do show higher rates of bronchitis and other breathing conditions among chronic weed smokers as with tobacco users. Some medical marijuana patients who have a weakened immune systems due to cancer or other conditions may be particularly susceptible to smoking, making edibles a more pleasant option.
Smoking or vaping your cannabis absorbs the THC and other cannabinoids directly into your system making you feel the high much quicker than ingesting an edible. It usually only takes 5 to 10 minutes to feel the effects with smoking as appose to 30 minutes to a couple of hours for the effects of an edible.
Edibles need to be digested through your system. It is then absorbed through the stomach, intestines and liver, which breaks down the THC before it enters your bloodstream and you begin to feel the effects. The dosage that is right for you may not be the same for someone eles, it can depend on weight, if you’ve eaten before hand, your metabolism and if you are experienced.
The quickest edibles to enter your system would be THC candy, infused beverages, or THC syrup since it is being absorbed in your mouth as it goes down to your stomach. Baked goods will take longer since the flour, sugars and other ingredients will need to be absorbed as well.
Eating marijuana may heighten your high, and will last much longer than smoking. Since it binds to the fats in the body your high can last for up to 3 hours, and may not completely be out of your system for up to 8-10 hours.
Take a little nibble, then wait a half an hour to an hour, see how you feel. If you are not getting the results you are looking for, take just another ‘little’ nibble. Remember, it can sometimes take up to a couple of hours for the THC to fully kick in. You don’t want to over do it and end up with a bad experience.For your first time try a dose of 2.5 to 5 mg, then you can work yourself up to more as you learn how much makes you comfortable.