What are Cannabis Edibles?
For many people looking to use marijuana for medical treatment, smoking is not a viable option. They either cannot smoke or do not want to inhale smoke into their lungs. Tinctures may also not be preferable for a variety of reasons, including personal security for those locations that don’t allow public consumption of cannabis.
For these people, cannabis edibles are the perfect solution. Not only do they provide the option to consume marijuana in a subtle way, but they also lead to a different kind of high than other forms of cannabis do, making it a more desirable for certain people. Before you decide to buy, however, it’s important to really understand the facts behind marijuana edibles and what their effect on you might be.
More than brownies
You may be surprised to discover that there is a wide variety of cannabis edibles on the market and brownies are not your only option. Most of these edibles are sweet, and they might come in the form of cookies, gummy candy, cakes, lollipops or other hard candies, chocolate bars, and the list goes on and on.
Every marijuana edible is different, as it will affect your body different and will even contain varying quantities of THC. You can pick and choose exactly what type of edible will be right for you by reading the labels in detail. Some edibles might have 100 mgilligrams of THC in them (which is far too much for one dose) while others might contain as little as 5 or 10 milligrams and therefore, might be good for consuming entirely in one sitting.
Cannabis edibles affect you differently than smoking does
When trying out edibles for the first time, it is important to remember that it will affect you in an entirely new way from what you are used to. Whether you are a seasoned marijuana smoker or a newbie to the cannabis world, you are in for some surprises. This is why you should be extremely careful when trying out marijuana edibles.
Cannabis edibles go through a different system in your body than smoking marijuana. When you ingest marijuana, it enters the rest of your body via the gastrointestinal tract. This means that, firstly, the effects will take a longer amount of time for you to feel, and secondly, the effects will hit you harder than consuming marijuana in another way would.
When you smoke marijuana, the effects set in more or less immediately. Along the same line, these effects also begin diminishing right away and that means it is easier to regulate how much you have had and whether it is too much or too little (or just enough). Cannabis edibles, however, require a minimum of 30 minutes for the effects to set in. It has even been recorded as taking as long as two hours and that means a new user needs to really practice some restraint when they are first trying it out.
Additionally, the effects of eating marijuana edibles also last for much longer than if you were to smoke marijuana. You can generally expect these effects to last between four and twelve hours. This depends largely on the size of the dose, but also on your own body, as edibles affect everyone differently. Ultimately, it is important to start off slow and wait to see how a particular dose affects you before eating any more.