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What the Benefits of Edibles
The popularity of consuming cannabis within edible products is on the rise. This trend is obvious when you walk into dispensaries, as often now counters will be filled with a ton of different kinds of cannabis infused goodies. Many people are finding this method best for them because it produces a potent high, and it doesn’t force them to ingest any smoke.
Because of the all the amazing benefits, and real lack of a notable downside, the use of edible cannabis, no matter whether you prefer cookies, brownies, infused salsas or tea, fudge, caramel, and of course many varieties of candies, is growing rapidly. One of the reasons why there are so many edible cannabis options available, aside from the popularity, is that cannabis is fat soluble, meaning it can be infused into forms of butter or oil to be used in cooking.
Are there different benefits of edibles vs. traditional cannabis?
The answer is yes! Unlike smoking cannabis, edibles are introduced into the body through the gastrointestinal tract and processed by the liver before entering the bloodstream. By being introduced through a different part of the body, cannabis that is consumed in edibles can produce a much different type of experience. This happens because as the cannabis passes through the liver, it changes the cannabinoid THC into a more potent chemical called 11-hydroxy-THC which tends to have a stronger, more sedative effect that a) lasts longer and is way more intense, and b) doesn’t require continued dosing throughout the day or night. Hence why the experience on edibles cannabis and smoked cannabis are so different.
Why is eating cannabis products better for me than smoking them?
By consuming cannabis in the form of edibles, you’re obviously not inhaling any harsh or damaging chemicals into your lungs like you would be doing if you were to smoke that same amount of cannabis. This is because when you smoke cannabis products, the burning plant material releases more than just THC vapors, and even though THC itself is a cancer-fighting agent, all the nasty side effects of smoking can still cause cancer and/or other illnesses in your body. Also, many people are unable to smoke for health reasons, so consuming edibles is a very viable alternative.
It is said that you get more of a “body buzz” because your body feels very relaxed and heavier, making it beneficial for so many different illnesses.
To conclude, edibles are not just a great alternative for people who don’t want to smoke, they are great for those who want a longer lasting “high” experience. But be wary, as edibles can be very strong and the “high” can hit all sudden, making some users panic.