Edibles are foods infused with cannabis. Brownies & cookies are the most common cannabis edibles that undergo a THC infusion.
However, there are many foods that you can infuse with marijuana. Everything from gummies to butter is fair game, but sweets are the most common items sold in shops.
While the creativity that can come from producing edibles can be alluring, the experience of getting high is different from that of smoking cannabis. This means, there is a possibility that edibles won’t make you feel high.
Here is the reason why edibles don’t get you high and what you should do to partake and enjoy responsibly.
How Does the Body Process Edibles?
When it comes to edibles, the body processes edibles differently than any other form of consumption. If you smoke or vape pot, you inhale the smoke or vapor into your lungs. The active compounds, including the THC, then absorb into the bloodstream. When it goes into the bloodstream, it goes straight to the brain, which means that you feel the effects within moments.
Edibles metabolize in the human body in a completely different way than smoked cannabis.
When you eat cannabinoids, they absorb through the intestines, then they have to move through the liver before going into the bloodstream and then spread through the rest of the body.
It can take edibles anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours before you can start feeling the effects. When it comes to edibles, you need to be very patient. If 3 hours have passed and you still don’t feel the effects, you probably consumed too low of a dose.
Edibles are all about experimenting; you need to find what dosage is perfect for you. The best way to start experimenting is to start low and slow, then slowly start increasing your dosage over the course of a few evenings.
Newer users can start to feel high after consuming just 3 mg of THC. The effects last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. If you take your edible and suspect that they are taking too long to kick in, always wait for 2 to 3 hours before consuming more.
Never consume edibles on an empty stomach. Some think an empty stomach will help speed up the onset of the effects, but this is false. If you consume edibles on an empty stomach, you are more likely to take in less THC, which will make you feel even fewer effects.
The best way to get the best high is to make sure that you eat high-fat food. High-fat food can help the edibles kick in and then will make the high stronger. Nut butter, avocados, cheese, or high-fat dairy will increase your chances of a more potent high when consuming edibles.
What Happens if You Consume Too Much?
It happens quite often, but some people tend to consume too much because they think the edibles are not kicking in. If this happens, there are a few things that you can do to help.
The first step is to not panic. The high, no matter how strong, won’t last forever. The best thing to do is do something to take your mind off the effects, such as watching tv or enjoying a hobby. Once your high starts to get a little more manageable, you can do a few other things to help. Make sure to consume a lot of water. Hydrating can help reduce the effects.
Edibles are a great alternative to smoking marijuana. However, the effects can take longer to kick in than you would normally want, but the effects also last longer than if you were to smoke it. When it comes to edibles, take some precautions, because they can take up to 3 hours after consuming before you start noticing the effects. This can make it easy to over-consume leading to an unpleasant experience. Edibles will be an experimental project because you will never know what dosage will be perfect for you until you try, but the best way to determine the right dose for you is to start at a low dosage and slowly increase from there.