If you have yet to experience the wonderful world of edibles you may not be aware that they get you higher.
Way higher, scientifically about five times more lifted than smoking.
Arguably one of the best ways to get the most out of your high, edibles create an experience comparable to dabs.
The intense high can take usually around an hour or two to kick in.
Once the infused snack has been metabolized the fun begins.
Edibles are normally potent and provide an excellent body high.
They are great for recreational use and can help with pain for medical patients.
But how do these scrumptious snacks work?
The answer is a lot more scientific that might think.
For starters, for the cannabis to be activated in a manner that will make you high when ingested, it must first be decarboxylated.
This process of aging and then heating the cannabis is what allows the plant to produce a high when ingested.
The cannabis can be combined with a cooking oil or lecithin when heating to make it more easily added to foods.
Once the cannabis is successfully decarboxylated it can then be placed into a variety of edibles.
Cannabis can also become decarboxylated through the cooking or baking process.
When ingesting an edible, the THC is absorbed either into the bloodstream directly through the mouth or once it reaches your gastrointestinal tract and liver.
11-hydroxy-THC is the main active metabolite that is formed in the body once the cannabis is consumed.
This substance is what produces the much stronger high.
When smoking or vaporizing cannabis your body also ingests the 11-hydroxy-THC, but it is much more readily absorbed into your bloodstream when ingested.
This is because edibles are processed through the liver before entering the bloodstream.
This process helps to increase the amount of 11-hydroxy-THC for your body to use.
When you smoke, or vaporize cannabis it is not processed through the liver, only the lungs, it almost directly enters the bloodstream, not allowing for a more concentrated amount of 11-hydroxy-THC to be produced.
Consuming your cannabis can be healthier than smoking it.
You will by pass any inhalation of smoke, tar, and carcinogens.
You won’t have to invest in any smoking pieces to get high and you don’t have to worry about coughing or sore throats with edibles.
There are many different types of edibles on the market today.
Baked goods like cookies, brownies, and macaroons are all popular choices.
There are also many other infused snacks to choose from though, chocolate bars, lollipops, gummy bears, and truffles are all now available.
If you prefer to drink your edible instead there are some cannabis infused drinks on the market as well.
Always check the dosing which should be properly represented on the label.
If you are new to edibles try a small piece or partial dose and wait a few hours before deciding if you would like to take more.
As we mentioned earlier some edibles are processed directly through the mouth and other edibles are fully digested through the gastrointestinal system.
Lollipops, lozenges, and other edibles that you suck on and leave in the mouth for a long period will be absorbed through the mouth.
These edibles are absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly through the membranes of the mouth.
You can sometimes feel the effects of these edibles in as soon as a half an hour.
The more popular edibles that pass through your stomach and liver and are metabolized slower and are the longer lasting and lagging high that edibles are known for.
When ingesting edibles, you will not receive an instant high like when smoking.
Do not make the mistake of ingesting more edibles too quickly before the original edibles have the chance to fully metabolize through your digestive system and liver.
The average time it takes to digest the edible and feel the effects of the cannabis is usually around one to two hours.
Some people digest slower than others and may feel the effects later, while on the other hand some may digest the edible quicker and therefore become high faster as well.
When consuming edibles the high is different than smoking.
Instead of creeping up to a stronger high with each toke like during smoking, the ingestion of cannabis infused foods provides an all at once high.
Since you only normally eat the edible in one sitting the high comes sometimes seemingly out of nowhere and hits you pretty hard.
Depending on how long it took you to ingest the edible you can also receive the high in waves.
This occurs from your body digesting the edible and more cannabinoids being released into your bloodstream.
Once you experiment with dosing a few times you will have a better idea of how many milligrams you can handle.
The normal recommended dose to start is around ten to fifteen milligrams.
Regular consumers can have doses of anywhere from thirty to one hundred milligrams.
If you partake in edible consumption frequently you may work up a larger tolerance.
The highest concentrate of edible available on the market is one thousand milligrams in California.
Dosing can be different with each brand and product.
When trying a new edible product don’t automatically assume it will provide the same high with your normal dosage as that of another edible.
Different brands use different processes which can differ the level of decarboxylation and potency of the product.
Dosing can especially be off when consuming homemade goods.
Edibles can be a fun way to enjoy cannabis in legalized states where smoking is not allowed in public spaces.
They can be enjoyed discreetly and easily just about anywhere.
Never allow pets or children to ingest edibles, unless needed for medical purposes.
Always keep them out of reach of all unsuspecting adults and properly labeled so they are not mistaken for regular treats.
Now that you fully understand the process of edibles from start to finish it’s time to do your own investigating.
Sample a couple different kinds of edibles and find your perfect dosage.
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