The cannabis edible world is vast and ever-expanding. The options are endless, from brownies and cookies to gummies, mints, capsules, drinks, and quick-dissolving strips.
Unlike inhaling cannabis, which introduces cannabinoids into your bloodstream through the lungs, edibles are digested and converted to 11-hydroxy-THC in your liver. This means that effects can take longer to kick in and are less predictable.
Cannabis edibles are foods, drinks, candies, or lozenges that contain one or more cannabinoids, such as THC. They may also contain other chemicals that enhance or modulate the effects of the cannabinoids in them. They are a popular alternative to smoking marijuana, and many are designed to look like everyday food items to appeal to youth.
The digestive tract absorbs edibles and must travel through the liver before reaching the bloodstream, so the onset of the effects is much slower than with a cigarette or other inhalant. In addition, the absorption is affected by what you have eaten before consuming the edible.
Because the quality control of edibles varies widely, it can be challenging to know how much THC is in each serving and whether you are getting the proper dosage. Adding to this confusion, the “right dose” depends on several factors, including your health, diet, and genetics. Therefore, you must always consume an edible under the guidance of a dispensary staff member.
Gummies are one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis edibles. They can be found in many shapes, sizes, and flavors and can be either THC- or CBD-infused. They typically take longer to kick in than other edibles since they are absorbed through the digestive system.
While gummies are convenient and easy to dose, it’s essential to know that they can take up to an hour or more to kick in, which may make it hard for newbies to find the proper dosage. In addition, gummies can be mistaken for regular candy or treats, leading to accidental consumption by children and pets.
For this reason, it’s best to keep all edibles in child-resistant packaging and out of reach.
Many cannabis products are sold in capsule form, allowing users to dose themselves and easily avoid unintentional overdose. However, there are still challenges associated with these edibles. One major challenge is that the onset of effects can be delayed. This delay can be because when you eat an edible, it has to travel through your digestive tract before the bloodstream absorbs it.
Another challenge is that there can be a significant variance in the amount of THC or CBD dissolved in the fats used to prepare the edible. This is because fats dissolve at different rates. As a result, some parts of the edible may have more THC than others.
Some edibles are formulated to combine solids and liquids, like mints or hard candy infused with THC distillate. The liquids allow for faster onset times because they are absorbed in the mouth rather than digested. The mints and candies are also a good option because they can be eaten or placed under the tongue for sublingual absorption.
Edibles that are absorbed directly into the mouth, such as mints or hard candies, work faster than those that are digested. This is because they bypass the digestive process and go straight into the bloodstream through the cheek lining or under the tongue, which allows for a more rapid impact.
Cannabis edibles can take 30 minutes to two hours to take effect, depending on how much you eat, how many other medications or alcohol you ingest simultaneously, and your tolerance level. To minimize unpleasant side effects from overeating, beginning with a low dose and gradually increasing it is critical.
Marijuana edibles can also be confusing if you don’t understand how to read the labeling. Some products may have unclear or misleading labels, and you should always consult a dispensary associate to ensure you’re purchasing a safe product. Additionally, edibles can look like other foods, drinks, or candy, and keeping them locked away from children and pets is essential.
While you might think of baked goods when someone mentions cannabis edibles, there are also cannabis drinks available. This is an evolving category with the introduction of nano-formulated products. This is where the THC in an edible is broken down into smaller particles that are easier for the body to absorb.
Understanding the dosages and how many servings are in each edible is essential because it will help determine your personal tolerance level. For instance, a new cannabis consumer might have only one 5 mg square of chocolate edible, while a seasoned cannabis connoisseur may consume three servings of the same product.
Another benefit of edibles is that the effects last longer than when you smoke or vape cannabis. However, it’s important to remember that the effects will vary depending on your genetic makeup, current state of mind, and whether you ate a meal beforehand. Additionally, finding the correct dosage of an edible will require you to experiment and keep track of your results. The best way to avoid a bad experience is by being patient and knowing your limits.