When you’re browsing the shelves at your local dispensary, you might notice you’ve got plenty of other options besides smoking or vaping your cannabis.
Edibles are on the rise, and with legalization, companies are finding even more creative ways to get cannabis into some of your favorite treats. That’s a good thing for you!
But before you down an entire dosed chocolate bar in one sitting, though, there are a few things you should know about edibles to ensure that you have a positive, fun experience. When done correctly, using edibles can create an experience that smoking or vaping simply can’t match, so it’s worth a try if you’re looking for jazz up your normal routine.
So if you’re new to the world of cannabis-laced brownies, lollipops, chocolates, lozenges, cookies, granola bars, teas, sodas, mints, caramels…(you get the picture?), then you’ll want to read on for everything you need to know about the wide world of edibles.
The two types of edibles
When you think of an edible, you probably think of something you’d eat, like a cookie or a brownie. And by and large, that is what edibles are. Those are gastrointestinal uptake edibles; in other words, you get the effects of the cannabis by digesting the edibles.
However, before we dive deeper with those, we should also touch on another kind of edible that you’ll see: oral uptake edibles.
Oral uptake edibles are ones that are processed by being absorbed in your mouth. These edibles include things you suck on like lozenges and lollipops, and the cannabis is absorbed and processed through membranes in your mouth. The effects tend not to last quite as long as gastrointestinal uptake edibles, and you don’t see them as often for sale as other kinds of edibles (although if you’re interested in this option, you will definitely be able to find some good choices from this category in any dispensary).
Gastrointestinal uptake edibles are things you eat, and they work by being processed through your liver after you’ve eaten them. Here’s a quick rundown of how they work. The THC from your edible gets turned into 11-hydroxy-THC by your liver over the course of roughly 30 minutes to 2 hours while you’re digesting the food you’ve eaten. This 11-hydroxy-THC is a metabolite that then penetrates the blood-brain barrier more easily, which delivers the more intense high associated with edibles.
What’s that about a more intense high?
Yup, edibles are known for the very intense high that they can cause. Because of the way they are processed in your system, edibles tend to:
– give you a more intense (sometimes even psychedelic) high
– last much longer than smoked or vaped cannabis
It’s for this reason that people occasionally have bad experiences with edibles: if you go overboard, you can feel the intense high very strongly and for a very long time.
It can be pretty unpleasant.
Of course, if you don’t over-do it (and you don’t need to worry about overdoing it as long as you follow the dosing instructions and start small when you’re eating edibles) then you can be in store for a real treat.
Edibles give users not only a great head high, but many users feels the effects more deeply throughout their entire body, making for a completely enveloping experience. On top of the overall
Making sure you have an awesome time with edibles
Okay, so edibles are awesome. Yay! But before you start shoveling cookies into your mouth, there are some precautions you need to take with edibles as well.
First thing to note: it can be difficult to judge dosing in edibles. Why?
Well, for one thing, it can be hard to get the consistency of THC completely equal throughout a treat. One bite of a cookie could be slightly more potent than another bite of the same cookie, and even different cookies from the same company might have different levels of potency in one standard bite.
Not ideal, but not impossible to work with, either. You’ve just got to start slow, and follow the dosing instructions on the package carefully.
(When in doubt, ask the budtender selling you the edible about their experience with it. Tell them how experienced a user you are and what kind of experience or level of effect you’re hoping for, and they’ll be able to advise you on how much to consume to start out.)
The other tricky thing about dosing edibles is that they take a while to kick in. Remember: you don’t start feeling the effects of the cannabis until you’ve digested it and it’s been processed by your liver – which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
If you’re looking for instant gratification, this isn’t it. It’s important to take just one bite (or whatever the recommended dose of your product is on the label) and wait until you feel the effects. If you don’t feel anything after 2 hours, go ahead and take one more bite, but don’t jump to mowing down the whole treat if you don’t feel anything after 30 minutes.
While it might suck to wait a couple hours for the high to kick in, you will have a way better time if you go one bite at a time, wait long enough to know where you’re at with the effects, and then take a little more if need be.
A little bit goes a long way with edibles, and going overboard is no fun.
Plus, the amazing full-body high will be totally worth it when you take your time and do it right. And you’ll be rewarded with an extra long-lasting high, too, so just think of those initial blocks of waiting around time as a little investment in future fun.
Enjoy the edibles!
While it’s important to be smart about using edibles, remember that the ultimate reason you’re trying them out is for healing or recreation. They are there to be enjoyed, and you might just find out that edibles are just what you’ve been looking for in terms of intensity and long-lasting effects. Why not grab a tasty treat next time you’re at the dispensary? It could be just what you needed!