Introduction to Edibles

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Edibles come in multiple different forms including brownies, gummies, chocolate, baked goods and pills. When consuming cannabis THC and CBD enters the bloodstream after being broken down in the stomach and is absorbed into the intestines. Eating marijuana edibles is a cleaner and healthier alternative to smoking cannabis, eliminating the exposure to carbon, tar and carcinogens. Edibles are a widely preferred method of consumption because they are easier and a more discreet way to consume cannabis, they also are known to have more longevity when it comes to the length of the high and usually takes 45 minutes to an hour for the effects to kick in.

Consuming edibles cannabis affects every individual differently and can be a widely different experience than smoking cannabis. There are several factors that will determine your experience when consuming marijuana edibles:

  • Potency, edibles can range from 2 mg of THC to 200 mg
  • Tolerance, even a seasoned smoker can be blindsided by the strength of edibles. Taking a low dosage is always the best way to start.
  • Body chemistry, everyone knows how their body reacts to certain drugs and food. Be mindful when using edibles.

Again, eating an edible is vastly different from the effects of smoking. First time users have been known to over-do-it and get caught off guard by how much stronger the potency can be versus smoking cannabis. When consuming marijuana by smoking, you typically only get a small amount of the cannabinoids from each hit, with an almost instant sensation after smoking. Edibles are known to take effect at a much slower rate, compared to smoking. With the average time to kick in around 1 hour, due to the digestion process the effects tend to come in waves lasting anywhere from 2-6 hours.

How to choose the right edible for you

When choosing an edible, make sure to factor your needs. If you want a psychoactive experience, most edibles are full of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive element in cannabis. Factoring in what strains have worked for you in your previous experiences is also important. Choosing Indica, sativa or hybrid can influence what type of high you experience. Factor in the type of strain within the edibles to have more control over your experience.

Another option if you’re not looking for psychoactive effects are edibles rich in cannabidiol (CBD). CBD infused edibles offer great healing benefits that the THC edibles do but provide a clear-headed effect and the ability to function normally without feeling high.