Edibles- What You Need to Know
Edibles have made their way into the western lexicon like Kardashian and Brexit. But what really is an edible? Is it a gummy bear? Or a brownie?
Edible is the word used for ingesting cannabis. In popular culture it is typically done through sweets, cookies, candies, lollipops, brownies and other tray bakes. But the world of edibles has evolved beyond sweets at a stoner’s party.
Why would someone want to eat cannabis? Most people think of marijuana and assume it is only for smoking. But smoking cannabis only provides short-term relief from many ailments. When the cannabis plant is eaten, its effects last much longer in the bloodstream providing pain relief and helping the white blood cells fight off illness.
Typically, if you smoke cannabis, the psychoactive effects that are released through the heat of the match last from 45 minuets up to 1.5 hours. If the same amount of cannabis is eaten, its effects can be felt for up to 6 hours which means you can consume less cannabis with longer lasting relief.
But there’s a catch.
It can take up to 2 hours for the cannabis to be absorbed through the digestive track for its benefits to be felt. So that means if you have a piece of toast with cannabis butter for breakfast, you might not feel it until nearly lunchtime!
Some people will smoke cannabis after eating an edible so they can receive immediate relief and hopefully tie them over until the edible kicks in.
There are ways to accelerate this waiting period. You can eat the cannabis butter or cannabis coconut oil straight without any other food by ingesting on an empty stomach and placing the desired amount on your tongue and allowing it to dissolve in the mouth and salvia glands before swallowing . The Cannabis oil or butter then bypasses the digestive track so it’s possible to feel the positive effects in less than 45 minuets.
The downside is the cannabis butter or oil has a very distinct, strong flavor and most people aren’t used to putting a whole pat of butter or oil directly in their mouths letting it dissolve. Also, for some reason, eating it straight like this may engage the bowels…that’s right…a run to the loo! But if you decide to consume directly on the tongue, the body adapts and the loo-run will eventually stop as the body builds up its tolerance to the THC and CBD taken directly in the mouth.
Also, keep in mind that the strain of cannabis you are using will decide how much you feel the effects. (Be sure to read about the differences between Sativa and Indica linked here_____. ) There are literally thousands of varieties of cannabis on the market today with many breeds containing very high THC level. This is why it is MOST important that you know what you are consuming!
Remember, the higher the THC content, the more you will feel it in your body. A strain with higher CBD content will produce different feelings in the body, usually uplifted. It’s easy to remember, Sativia during the daytime and Indica in da evening.
Luckily, lab testing is becoming more common practice as dispensaries globalize and the cannabis connoisseurs demand information on what they are buying so it is possible for you to understand what level of THC and CBD are right for you.
Remember, this is your health journey. Stay informed. Ask questions, google strains and read about what you are using. Keep a log to track how you are feeling and learn what works and what doesn’t work for you.
Be an active participant in your treatment when using cannabis. As you develop tolerances to certain strains of cannabis you may need to increase or switch strains to keep the cannabinol system engaged but we honestly won’t know until more medical testing is done.
In the meantime, go slowly and use only as much as you can tolerate. Remember, less is more. Just because you didn’t feel something doesn’t mean it isn’t working!