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Things to know about Marijuana Edibles

Things to know about Marijuana Edibles

Edibles are food products that contain cannabis. In our world today, it is possible to drink, absorb or even consume the substance transdermally. 

Marijuana edibles' popularity has endured, and to no surprise there are other available options other than the famous brownies. The article will highlight all you need to know about the different types of Marijuana Edibles.

What is a Marijuana Edible? 

In a simple term, these refer to a food or drink item that comprises THC and other compounds mostly from marijuana flower, oil concentrates. Unlike vaping or smoking, marijuana edibles do not harm a person's respiratory system. They are ideal for individuals with breathing or lung issues.

Edibles are also famous for individuals recovering from chemotherapy. Using the right strain will provide a much-needed boost in appetite. Consumption is as easy as drinking or eating the THC- infused product. Presently there is an impressive range of marijuana edible products, which include:

  • Muffins
  • Brownies
  • Chocolate
  • Gummies
  • Cakes
  • Syrup
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Coffee

stack of weed cookies next to marijuana buds

How Long Does It Take for a Marijuana Edible to Kick In?

A newbie who is not familiar with marijuana edibles should proceed with caution when taking it. Its mechanism is different from vaping or smoking, which often show effect within minutes. Generally, edibles have an estimated period of 30 to 60 minutes to affect the body; however, it can estimate up to 120 minutes for some users. In summary, there is no way to tell until you try one.

Other products such as lozenges, lollipops, and THC gum work faster because they are absorbed sublingually. Chewable products such as hash brownies, cookies, and gummies take longer because they travel through the digestive system.

It is usually absorbed through the gut when you consume an edible before the liver metabolizes the compounds. The remaining metabolites and THC all circulate through your heart and eventually reach the brain.

woman eating a weed gummy

Some factors affect the onset time of marijuana edibles, and they include:

  • Diet
  • Bodyweight
  • Gender
  • Cannabis tolerance
  • Metabolism

A prevalent mistake for persons who use edibles is becoming impatient and taking another dose immediately after the first. Such a process could amount to severe side effects. If you are a newbie willing to try an edible, you should wait up to 24 hours after consumption before taking another dose.

Cannabis Edible Dosage 

While edibles take more time to effect than other forms of consumption, they are also potentially more potent, despite their decreased bioavailability absorption rate.

A combination of marijuana edibles with fats may increase the THC absorption rate. This is why most brands make use of carrier oils like MCT when selling THC and CBD oil.

Many people choose to divide or cut their edibles into smaller fragments. An example is a chocolate bar with 100mg; this might have up to ten sections. Each section has up to 10mg of THC. Once the product comes with a third-party lab report, you know precisely how much cannabinoid is consumed.

Concerning dosage, a newbie should remain within the 1-5mg range and wait till the next day to evaluate the result. If these effects are minimal, you can increase the dose by a maximum of 2.5mg. The individual can use 5 – 15mg for an intermediate user, while an experienced marijuana user may have up to 20mg.

molecular difference between thc and cbd

THC V CBD

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are both compounds commonly found in cannabis plants. While THC works at creating the "high" effect due to its psychoactive compound, CBD extracted from hemp or cannabis carries anti-inflammatory benefits. Different edibles contain both of these compounds.

How Long Does the Marijuana Edible High Last

The period of an edible high depends on numerous factors, including the dose and potency of the product. The same factors that may affect onset time also impact the intensity and length of the high. Ideally, the "peak" effect occurs between two to three hours after use. At this point, the intoxicating high can be powerful.

The high may last up to eight hours in some individuals, though humans are unique in different ways. A report published in a 2017 journal on Drug and Alcohol Dependence found some valuable data. This study explored Twitter accounts of individuals who used cannabis edibles to know more about the effects. One notable finding was that the period of the high is unpredictable.

Policies regarding Marijuana Edibles

Like all cannabis products, marijuana edibles are not regulated by the FDA. Currently, the regulations and policies about edibles have been made by states voting to make marijuana legal.

Colorado and Washington are the states with the most extended history of legalized recreational marijuana. These states have the most comprehensive policies regarding edibles. As issues relating to the recreational use of marijuana continue to emerge, the policies have become dynamic

For instance, in response to the rising number of children being admitted into different hospitals due to ingesting hash brownie and other edibles, Colorado passed a bill in October 2016 on the importance of putting a universal symbol on edible marijuana products to show that they contain THC. The term 'candy' is no longer used on edible marijuana packages and banned from producing marijuana edibles in shapes like gummy bears.

bags of thc gummies laying on top of cannabis flower

Final thoughts on Marijuana Edibles

As the name implies, marijuana edibles are likened to the plant that an individual can eat or drink. Once it is orally consumed, the compounds pass through the individual's digestive system and are being metabolized by the liver. At this level, the THC becomes a more solid compound called 11-THC-hydroxy.

Consuming a hash brownie and other edibles is a quick, easy and delicious way of using marijuana. This may take up to two hours to feel the intoxication. Keep in mind that the high is more robust and, in some cases, lasts longer than other forms of THC consumption.

When consuming edibles, it is advisable first to use a little or small amount and wait for a long time to see the effects. If people consume edibles correctly, they are a potentially useful and convenient way to use cannabis.

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