Edibles have come a long way since people started mixing marijuana with brownie batter. Cannabis-infused food has turned into a multi-million industry in the US. As a healthy and effective alternative to cannabis vape pens, more and more people have embraced ingesting weed with enthusiasm.
But how do you know when it’s safe to start taking cannabis? If it’s your first foray into the cannabis industry, then edibles will get you off to a good start. If you’re of legal age, it’s OK to start taking edibles so long as you start small and go slow.
What are Cannabis Edibles?
Edibles are cannabis-infused food items. These concoctions contain “activated” cannabis, or plant material and oils that have been heated and chemically transformed into psychoactive substances.
Humans have been using cannabis edibles for thousands of years. In India, bhang — one of the most popular edible forms of cannabis — served medicinal and spiritual purposes in 2000 BC.
Solid edibles, like gummies and baked goods, are some of the most popular types of edibles today. But some are taking edibles to the next level by infusing pizza and bacon with THC (the compound that gives marijuana the “high” sensation).
A Transformative Body-Centered Experience
When you’re vaping or smoking, you’ll feel the effects of cannabis right away. Inhaling sends psychoactive THC and other cannabinoids directly to your bloodstream and brain.
But taking edibles are more complicated than that.
Your body needs time to digest and metabolize the cannabis compounds. And as your body absorbs cannabis, it turns it into a powerful compound stronger and long-lasting than inhaled forms of the plant. As a result, it could take an hour before you start to notice the effects since it could depend on factors like your metabolism and body weight.
But once your body absorbs the compound, it can create a powerful, body-centered experience that can take even smokers by surprise.
Patience is a Virtue
As a first-time edible user, pace yourself.
But some who are new to edibles make the mistake of chomping down on half a cookie or brownie right off the bat. Then they take another bite when the effects don’t take place immediately. But because it takes a couple of hours for the high to take effect, these servings can overlap and lead to an unpleasant experience.
Whether you’re new to edibles or cannabis in general, it’s always a good idea to start with the lowest amount possible. And since this delivery method has a long activation time, experts recommend waiting for six to eight hours before increasing your dose.
Start off with a microdose of 2 mg of THC by breaking up your gummy or brownie into a small piece. Then, wait for up to two hours for the effects.
Once you’ve figured out how a microdose affects your body, you can move to a standard dose of 5 mg of THC and then increase your dosage over time.
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