Have you ever eaten a brownie and entered another dimension? Everyone will tell you how much stronger the high from eating an edible will be opposed to the high of smoking cannabis.
Edibles are found in two forms the first form being hard candies and tinctures, which enter your bloodstream sublingually. This means the cannabinoids you consume will directly enter your bloodstream through the tissues inside of your mouth.
The second form being Baked goods and solid foods, which enter your bloodstream gastro-intestinally.
When THC enters your body gastro-intestinally; your liver must first metabolize the cannabis. During the metabolization process delta-9 THC gets converted into 11-hydroxy- THC. 11-Hydroxy-THC passes the blood brain barrier faster than 9-THC; this is why the high feels more euphoric than that of a smoking high. When you smoke or vaporize cannabis you evade the metabolization process that occurs in your liver.
However, smoking remains the method that delivers the highest concentration of THC in the shortest period of time. This is why after smoking you will feel the effects within 5-10 minutes.
Edibles on the other hand don’t reach your blood plasma until 60-120 minutes after ingestion. There are many variables that account for how long the high will remain. But the effects of ingesting are known to last 6-10 hours.
Most people will say edibles hit harder than Barry Bonds, but it all depends on the potency of the edible. It is recommended that newcomers take it slow and start with a 10 mg dosage. If that is not sufficient you are to increase the dosage by small increments. It is important to keep in mind that it takes much longer to feel the effects from an edible and after you start feeling the effects they are much stronger than the effects you feel from smoking.
Edibles are a great method of consumption for recreational and medical users alike. That being said you should always know what you are getting into when you eat an edible. Before consuming you should always remember Colorado’s mantra regarding edibles, “ Start low, and take it slow.” It takes our bodies a much longer time to metabolize marijuana and once metabolized the effects are more potent. If you consume a larger serving then you can handle, there is a great chance you will be couch locked for the rest of the day.
Always read labels and know the serving size that you will be ingesting. When cooking edibles at home always use a cannabis calculator. The calculator will tell you the exact amount of THC in each serving. After crunching your numbers, your homemade edibles should be neither too weak nor too strong; leaving you with the perfect dosage per serving. The perfect dosage will inevitably lead to a pleasant experience with edibles.
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Written by: Patrick Thompson