Eating Edibles: Your How-To Guide
From cannabis-infused beverages and baked goods to candy and other delectables, eating edibles is just as, if not more popular, than smoking or “vaping”.
Just as smoking or “vaping”, you’ll get the desired effects of cannabis, but it may be slightly different than expected – especially if you’re eating edibles for the first time.
How do Edibles Work?
Before jumping into how to eat marijuana and its effects, let’s take a look at what edibles are.
Edibles are cannabis-infused foods, which contain “activated” cannabis – chemically transformed oils and plant material, resulting in psychoactive substances easily ingested by the body.
When cannabis is inhaled via a joint or vapor from a pen, THC enters and lingers in the bloodstream through the lungs. Because our blood consists of mostly water and THC is an oil-soluble compound, the two don’t mix well. Therefore, the THC never really metabolizes.
On the other hand, when you ingest edibles, the THC is metabolized by the enzymes and acids in the gut. The broken down compounds are absorbed through the stomach lining and intestinal tract, and taken to the liver where it’s transformed into 11-hydroxy-THC.
More potent than THC, 11-hydroxy-THC is more water-soluble, therefore it’s absorbed more readily in the bloodstream, causing a more intense high that is longer-lasting.
What does an edible high feel like, you may ask. Many describe it as sedative.
While a more intense high, the onset is slower (30-60 minutes) when compared to inhaling. Depending on the strain, the amount ingested, how your body metabolizes the edible, your personal tolerance, and other factors, the high could last from 4-6 hours.
How Much Should I Eat?
Those who consume and enjoy eating edibles want a pleasurable experience. One of the ways to ensure that happens is to be cautious of your consumption. It’s only natural to wonder, how to take edibles.
When indulging in edibles, there are two main things to remember: 1) it’s a very personal experience and 2) it’s easy to consume too much, too fast.
Keep in mind, you can’t un-eat, but you can overeat.
Measured in mg or milligrams, the potency of edibles or the amount of cannabinoids contained in a product is typically noted on the packaging. Many have started stating both the milligrams per serving and milligrams in the entire package to make it easier for consumers to know what they’re purchasing.
Currently, the U.S. states that have legalized cannabis use for adults have set a standard of 10-15 mg of THC per serving size.
Just because that is the standard, do not make the mistake of assuming that amount is fitting for everyone. When trying to figure out how to eat edibles and the dosage, the advice is to start off slow, especially if you’re new to edibles.
Because the process of digestion takes some time, and the euphoric effects are delayed, beginners may want to start with 1-5 mg and work up from there. For casual/intermediate users, it is suggested to consume 5-10 mg, being mindful of personal preference. Those with higher tolerances, along with medicinal and daily users, 10-15 mg may be suitable.
Although, the stated milligrams are rough standards, it all come down to what works best for you and your body.
As more states legalize marijuana use, and laws and regulations continue pass and change, questions will continue to arise. That said, below are a handful of commonly asked questions to help you navigate this ever-changing industry.
What is THC?
THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol. It’s the chemical compound most responsible for marijuana’s psychological effects.
Although cannabis use remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, are the same from state to state/city to city?
No, laws and regulations vary from state to state and city to city. Be sure to focus your research on your specific locale.
How is cannabis used?
These days, cannabis can be inhaled/smoked or vaporized; consumed through edibles like baked goods and infused beverages; ingested orally through tinctures; and used in topical products to relieve pain in muscles and joints.
I’ve never used cannabis in any form. What do edibles feel like and is it safe to try them?
Sure, it’s safe to try them, just start slow! Consume a small portion, whether one bite of a cookie or one gummy, then wait up to two hours to see how it affects you. Typically, an edible’s high is slow and steady, as opposed to the instantaneous high from smoking.
Should I eat before consuming edibles?
It’s always wise to consider what you’ve eaten before you consume edibles. An empty stomach may lead to quicker effects; a full stomach may mean delayed effects. Each person is different.
Can I get cannabis products mailed to me?
No, but there are weed delivery services like Weedhub, that will deliver to your doorstep. Simple create and account, make your purchase, and wait for the delivery.
Whether candy, baked goods, or infused beverages, marijuana edibles are the way to go if you want discretion and convenience. The next time you want to nibble on something, visit Weedhub and check out their various edibles; there’s something for everyone’s taste. Place your dispensary order, sit back, and wait for your purchase to be delivered right to you.