Cannabis-infused edibles can hold a lot of allure for people. Hey, we get it! They seem like a fun, easy way to dip a toe into the world of responsible recreational cannabis. While that can be true, there are a few things that make ingested cannabis its own experience. And the more you know, the more prepared are to make the right choices. To that end, here are three things to understand about cannabis edibles.
THC Absorption is Totally Different
Cannabis that’s been smoked or vaped is metabolized different, with THC going straight to the brain. That’s why onset is so rapid, and why effects fade quickly too. When you ingest cannabis in that delicious brownie, gummie, or chocolate bar – take your pick – THC is metabolized by the liver and converted into an active metabolite known as 11-hydroxy-THC. It’s a compound that’s particularly adept at crossing the blood-brain barrier. The upshot? A seriously intense effect that can last a few hours to kick in.
Slower Onset & Longer Effect
Because of this unique metabolizing, infused edibles have their very own golden rule: start low and take it slow. Depending on your metabolism, effects can take anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours to become noticeable, and they can last for six to eight hours. While the effects of different edibles vary, many people notice major body effects and strong cerebral action when they over-indulge. Starting slowly and waiting for effects is the best way to get the results you want without going overboard.
Dosing Can Be Tricky
If you’re DIYing edibles, you’re probably going to have a hard time accurately calculating THC content per dose. A standard dose is 10mg of THC, but it can be a real challenge ensuring that every brownie in the pan got that amount. Between that and the delay between ingestion and effect onset, it’s really easy to consume too much. And while too much THC won’t kill you, it can make for an unpleasant few hours.
Ready to Dive In?
If you’re interested in trying cannabis for specific effects, ask a budtender for a recommendation. An edible may not be the best call, and your budtender should be able to steer you toward a product that’s better suited for your needs. If an edible is the way you want to go, again, ask for a recommendation and directions. Just remember that golden rule – start low and take it slow – and you should be good to go.