If you’re new to cannabis or haven’t explored different methods of consumption, you may be wondering: what are edibles? In this article, we’ll explore what edibles are, how they work, and some things to keep in mind if you’re considering trying them.
What Are Edibles?
Edibles are cannabis-infused products that you can eat or drink. These products can come in many forms, including:
- Baked goods (brownies, cookies, etc.)
- Candy (gummies, chocolate, etc.)
- Beverages (tea, soda, etc.)
- Tinctures (liquid drops that you can add to food or drink)
Edibles are often made by infusing cooking oil or butter with cannabis, Cannabis contains a compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is then used to make the product. The amount of cannabis in each serving can vary widely, depending on the potency of the starting material and the recipe used.
How Do Edibles Work?
When you consume an edible, the cannabinoids in the cannabis are absorbed through the digestive system and then metabolized by the liver. This process converts the cannabinoids into a form that can cross the blood-brain barrier and produce psychoactive effects.
Because cannabinoids are absorbed through the digestive system, the onset time for edibles can be much longer than other methods of consumption (like smoking or vaping). It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to feel the effects of an edible, depending on factors like dosage, metabolism, and the type of edible you consume.
Once the effects do kick in, they can be much stronger and longer lasting than other methods of consumption. Edibles can produce effects that last for several hours, and it can be difficult to control the intensity of the experience.
Things to Keep in Mind When Trying Edibles
If you’re considering trying edibles for the first time, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:
Start with a Low Dose
Edibles can be much more potent than other methods of consumption, so it’s important to start with a low dose and work your way up slowly. Even if you have experience with smoking or vaping cannabis, your tolerance for edibles may be different.
As we mentioned earlier, the onset time for edibles can be much longer than other methods of consumption. It’s important to be patient and wait for the effects to kick in before consuming more. Taking more than you can handle can lead to an unpleasant experience.
Be Mindful of the Environment
The effects of edibles can be much stronger and longer-lasting than other methods of consumption. It’s important to consume them in a safe and comfortable environment where you can relax and enjoy the experience without worrying about external stressors.
Keep Track of Your Dosage
To avoid accidentally taking too much, it’s important to keep track of your dosage when consuming edibles. This can be challenging if you’re consuming homemade products or products without clear labeling, so it’s important to err on the side of caution.
Edibles are a popular and enjoyable way to consume cannabis, but they can also be much stronger and longer-lasting than other methods of consumption. If you’re considering trying edibles, it’s important to start with a low dose, be patient, and consume in a safe and comfortable environment. With these tips in mind, you can enjoy the unique effects of edibles while staying safe and responsible.