The world of weed edibles is vast and only continues to grow. From gummies and hard candies to brownies and cookies to coffees and other various drinks, you certainly have a long menu.
Exploring your options can be a fun adventure but also intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! This article listed some of the essential things you need to know before diving into the world of cannabis edibles.
- Always Read The Label
Edible cannabis varies widely in ingredients and forms. So, always read the label before you eat or drink them and check for any important instructions for use.
In particular, you want to carefully read the label about the concentration of CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in an edible. Keep in mind that some edibles may have expiry dates and ingredients that can cause allergic reactions.
- Ingesting Cannabis Takes Time To Feel The Effects
In consuming buy edibles, its effect doesn’t kick in for about an hour or two and often peaks in about 4 hours. The timing differs in vaping or smoking cannabis where its effects can be felt within just a few seconds or minutes and peaking at about 30 minutes.
This is because, when you ingest edibles, the active ingredients will have to travel through your stomach and then to your liver before they can enter your bloodstream and into the brain. With cannabis smoke and vaping, the active ingredient enters your lung and passes directly into your bloodstream and then your brain.
Digestion can vary across individuals, making it difficult to predict when you’ll actually feel the full effects of the edible. So be patient and go slow when eating cannabis.
- The Effects Last Longer And Are More Intense
While it takes time to feel the effects, an advantage of edibles is that they can last longer but can be more intense.
In general, the effects can last up to 12 hours with residual effects that can last up to a day, unlike inhaling which only lasts for a few hours.
In addition, some people also noted that the effects of consuming edibles are more intense than inhaling a similar dose of cannabis. This is partly because when you ingest cannabis, the liver converts the THC into a stronger form, influencing the intensity of the active ingredient.
That said, if this is your first time using edible cannabis, make sure that you do it in a place where you feel comfortable and safe. Don’t drive or operate heavy equipment after eating an edible.
Also, it’s advisable to start low by eating an edible with no more than 2.5 mg of THC and waiting for the effects before you eat more.
- Don’t Mix It With Alcohol Or Other Intoxicating Substances
Alcohol increases the impairing and intoxicating effects of cannabis and significantly raises your risk of over-intoxication. It can cause panic, anxiety, vomiting, nausea, and paranoia.
So, to reduce the negative experience, stick to consuming them one at a time. Also, don’t mix cannabis with nicotine and other intoxicating substances such as depressants or stimulants since it may cause serious health complications.
- Cannabis Can Interfere With Medications
Any cannabis products have the potential to interfere with the medications that you’re taking. This is one of the biggest concerns for people using cannabis without consulting their physicians.
There are certain interactions where digesting edibles can decrease or increase the strength of medications that people are taking.
As mentioned before, ingesting cannabis relies on the liver to be broken down. So, if you’re taking medications in the same route, it can have a significant impact on how your body processes both of them.
Studies have shown that the active ingredient in cannabis impacts certain enzymes involved in the processing of most types of medications like blood thinners. So, scientifically speaking, cannabis can alter their functioning.
The bottom line is if you’re taking regular medications, it’s best to consult with your doctor or a medical cannabis specialist before trying out edibles.
- Know Where To Properly Store Cannabis
Cannabis chocolates and brownies will look like any ordinary chocolates and brownies. So, if you’re going to regularly keep cannabis edibles in your home, make sure to store them safely away from pets, kids, or visitors who may not know what’s in them.
Reports revealed there’s an increase in E.R. visits with people ingesting ‘brownies’ without realizing that they contain cannabis, feeling its effects without knowing why. There’s also the risk of people unintentionally eating too much, causing physical and mental symptoms such as high heart rate, nausea, and anxiety.
Make sure to properly label your edibles. You can also invest in a lockbox where you can hide your cannabis edibles away. If someone accidentally consumed your weed edibles and is not feeling well, seek medical attention right away!
There’s no better time to be a fan of cannabis edibles than now! With more states legalizing weed use and companies becoming more creative in incorporating weed into their product, edibles have become the most popular way of consuming cannabis and enjoying its wonderful health benefits.