Edibles are a popular way to consume cannabis, as they offer a discreet and convenient method of consumption. However, some people experience dehydration when consuming edibles. In this blog post, we will explore why edibles can make you dehydrated and what you can do to prevent it.
How Edibles Work
To understand why edibles can cause dehydration, it is important to first understand how they work. When you consume an edible, the THC and other cannabinoids are absorbed through the digestive system and metabolized by the liver. This process produces a compound called 11-hydroxy-THC, which is more potent than the THC found in smoked or vaporized cannabis.
One of the effects of 11-hydroxy-THC is that it can reduce saliva production. Saliva helps to keep your mouth and throat moist, so a reduction in saliva production can lead to dry mouth and dehydration.
Dehydration occurs when your body loses more water than it takes in. Common symptoms of dehydration include:
- Dry mouth and throat
- Dark yellow urine
- Dry skin
- Muscle cramps
If left untreated, dehydration can lead to more serious complications, such as kidney failure and seizures.
Tips for Preventing Dehydration
Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent dehydration when consuming edibles:
Drink plenty of water: One of the most effective ways to prevent dehydration is to drink plenty of water. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water per day, and drink even more if you are engaging in physical activity or spending time in hot weather.
Avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks: Sugary and caffeinated drinks, such as soda and coffee, can actually dehydrate you further. Stick to water, herbal tea, or coconut water to stay hydrated.
Eat hydrating foods: Some foods, such as watermelon, cucumber, and celery, are particularly hydrating and can help you stay hydrated when consuming edibles.
Use a humidifier: If you live in a dry climate or are spending time in a dry environment, such as an air-conditioned room, using a humidifier can help keep your mouth and throat moist.
Take breaks: If you are consuming edibles for an extended period of time, take breaks to drink water and allow your body to rehydrate.
In conclusion, edibles can cause dehydration due to the reduction in saliva production caused by 11-hydroxy-THC. If you are experiencing dehydration symptoms when consuming edibles, it is important to take steps to prevent further dehydration, such as drinking plenty of water, avoiding sugary or caffeinated drinks, and eating hydrating foods. Always be aware of the potential side effects of consuming cannabis and make informed decisions about your consumption habits. If you experience severe or persistent dehydration symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention.