It’s hard not to enjoy marijuana-infused sweets or a delicious savoury dish. That’s why many project edibles to take up a large part of the cannabis market. A 2018 Deloitte report found that 60% of consumers chose edibles over other cannabis products. While edibles, like candies and teas, go back hundreds of years, today’s edibles are vastly different. Marijuana concentrates, like crystals and oils, make it easier to infuse almost anything with THC or CBD.
The prevailing home method for creating edibles is with marijuana-infused butter. But, this often creates inconsistent dosing. For example, one half of a weed cookie could be more potent than the other half. Consistency is important especially for medicinal purposes. Hence the use of extracts within the edible market. Using extracts like wax or shatter in place of cannabis-infused butter makes dosing easier because these extracts are up to 90% pure THC.
Edibles are popular because they are a delicious delivery method for those averse to smoking or medical patients who can’t smoke. Taking edibles is not the same as smoking in the sense that it will take longer to feel the effects and the effects will be different. Everyone’s tolerance and metabolism are different. So, the length of time to feel the effects and the effects themselves will be different. It can take up to 2 hours after ingesting edibles to feel the effects.
Metabolized THC becomes 11-hydroxy-THC, which is more psychoactive. This 11-hydroxy-THC does not get absorbed into your bloodstream immediately. Instead, it gets absorbed through your digestive system. Going through the digestive system creates a different high than vaping or smoking.
There’s a process that happens during vaping or smoking. Decarboxylation (decarb) has to do with the transformation of THC from THCA (delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid). Decarb happens with edibles, too. This process happens when baking the cannabis flower. Decarbed cannabis flower is then infused into oil. You can make virtually any edible with this oil.
Because the THC get digested through the mouth, stomach, intestines, and liver before getting into the bloodstream, it can take up to two hours for you to feel the effects of the marijuana. For this reason, many first-timers mistakenly take too many edibles thinking that the initial dose is not working or not enough. This experience can be extremely unpleasant but is not lethal.
The effects of edibles can take a while to feel but can last anywhere between four to 12 hours. In contrast, the effects of marijuana are quickly felt when smoked. The active chemicals get absorbed into the bloodstream through the lungs. However, while you feel the effects quickly, they also fade quicker than the edible high.
When taking an edible it’s important to start with a low dosage, wait two hours, and increase if needed. Technological advancements coupled with lab testing and regulations have made dosing with edibles more consistent and accurate especially relative to homemade marijuana butter.
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