Cannabis Edibles products are marijuana products that you ingest, smoke or drink. Cannabinoids are chemical substances that can affect the mind and body in cannabis. When consumed THC is a cannabinoid that causes a person to become euphoric, or a high.
CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid that will not cause a high (intoxicating). While further research is required in order to support many more possible medical applications, and therapeutic benefits.
Edible Products Look Ordinary Food
There are a broad variety of cannabis edibles products available in the marketplace today. Although edible cannabis products can look just like ordinary food, they do not offer any nutritional value.
In addition to smoking and vaping, edible cannabis products provide an alternative way to consume cannabis. Here are several things you need to know when you’re interested in trying edible cannabis.
In their appearance and ingredients, cannabis edibles products vary greatly, most importantly the amount of THC and CBD they contain. Before eating cannabis, always read the ingredients. Do not use more than 2.5 mg of THC if you have never consumed any type of edible before. Always wait for the effects to take effect before consuming more.
It may also be useful to research how THC and CBD can affect you both physically and mentally. Remember that there can be expiration dates and additives for certain edible cannabis products that can cause allergies.
Edibles are longer lasting than Inhaling Cannabis
It takes your body much longer for edibles to be absorbed by your body. Taking longer to reach your bloodstream compared to when inhaled. Effects can last up to 12 hours and the subsequent effects remain for up to 24 hours. Use edibles in areas where you feel relaxed and healthy. Use around friends or family who have used edibles previously and can guide you.
Ingesting Cannabis More Potent than when Smoked or Vaped
Some people may experience more dramatic effects of cannabis edibles then when inhaling or vaping a similar dose of marijuana. This strength is due to the fact that your liver will increase the potency of the cannabis. THC from the original product and the livers increased potency will affect the potency of the cannabis consumed.
The full effects or “high” do not start with edible cannabis from about 30 minutes to 2 hours. And might only peak approximately 4 hours later. The effects may last up to 12 hours after use and lingering effects. May continue for up to 24 hours so that you may feel some effects the next day.
This time difference varies greatly when compared to smoking or vaping cannabis. Which can take anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes reaching a peak in about 30 to 45 minutes later. When ingesting cannabis the THC has to travel to your stomach get ingested and move to you liver. Before reaching your bloodstream and then your brain.
As it can take up to 4 hours to feel the full effects. Many beginners continue consuming edibles because they are not experiencing any effects. This over consumption will eventually hit them like a brick several hours later. Leading to over intoxication which can cause vomiting, nausea, anxiety panic or psychosis.
A word of advice
Cannabis edibles most often are made of adults and children’s favorite foods. Chocolates, gummies, brownies, cookies, they resemble the real thing making it dangerous for children and non suspecting adults. In other words, both adults and children are drawn to them.
Make sure that all your edibles are appropriately labeled. Placed in child-resistant containers that are kept outside of the sight and reach of children and pets after use.
If a child or someone you know ingested cannabis unintentionally and does not feel well. Call or seek medical care at the nearest poison center.