A Guide to Edibles

Edibles 28 Sep 2021

One of the most prominent ways of taking cannabis is known as edibles. Apart from being different from other means, edibles tend to offer some special effects and benefits. However, before you start taking edibles, it is essential to understand some essential things about them.

What are edibles?

Edibles refer to food products that have been infused with cannabis. It is worthwhile to note that cannabis edibles come in different ways such as root beer, baked goods like cookies and brownies, gummies, and chocolates. Some companies are already adding them to cooking oils, soda, and lemonade. The infused cannabis are usually oils or plant derivatives that have been heated and altered into psychoactive materials that the body can utilize.

Regardless of the packaging of cannabis-infused food products, edibles are often classified based on the type of cannabis they contain. Here are the four major classifications of edibles:

  • Those with pure CBD
  • Those with only Sativa
  • Those with only Indica
  • Hybrid edibles – that contain both Indica and Sativa

What are the advantages of edibles?

When compared to other means of consuming cannabis, edibles offer some unique benefits which include:

  • It is easier to measure the dosage
  • It does not need any additional equipment to use
  • It offers longer effects on the body when compared to vaping or smoking
  • It provides more satisfactory body high

Therefore, if you are just getting introduced to cannabis, edibles may be a good way to start. Besides, due to the medical conditions of some individuals, vaping and smoking cannabis are not permitted. Fortunately, such people can take advantage of edibles to enjoy the benefits of cannabis.

How do edibles work?

Comparatively, edibles offer the same sensation as smoking or vaping. However, the method of ingestion makes a big difference in the way that edibles function in the body. When consuming edibles, the substances are absorbed via the stomach through the intestine before getting to the liver. The liver is responsible for the breakdown of the THC; thus, ensuring that it gets into the bloodstream. As a result of the long process involved, you can only feel the effects of the substances after around 30 minutes to 2 hours of consuming them.

Nevertheless, smoking or vaping cannabis is different. The substances are directly absorbed by the lungs which now send them to the bloodstream. Hence, you will probably feel the impact in less than 10 minutes of consuming cannabis. Unfortunately, the effect will not last like edibles.

How to stay safe while consuming edibles

It is important to realize that you may have negative experiences after consuming an excessive quantity of edibles. People have encountered anxiety, paranoia, red eyes, dry mouth, excessive drowsiness, poor sense of time, etc. due to eating too much cannabis. So, stay safe by doing the following:

  • Have a good understanding of the quality and quantity of what you want to eat
  • Start your consumption with only 5 to 10mg of THC
  • It could take almost 2 hours to feel the impact of edibles. So, don’t rush into taking more if you are not feeling the effects

Conclusively, edibles provide a great and safe way to consume cannabis. Nonetheless, be careful when taking them.

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