Top Five Interesting Facts About Cannabis Edibles
Nowadays, you don’t have to roll a joint to get high. Cannabis lovers can dab, vape, roll a blunt, or even put THC on their skin. Some of these forms of consuming cannabis are new. Some are time-honored traditions. Eating a pot brownie, for example, is a rite of passage for stoners everywhere.
Gone are the days when you only had the choice of brownies. Cannabis edibles come in all shapes and sizes, from chilli pops to nighttime teas. Before you start buying a cannabis-infused dessert, know what you’re getting into. Edibles take you on a much different ride. Check out these fun facts about cannabis edibles before you take a bite into that pot brownie. You’ll be thankful you did.
They Take Longer to “Hit.”
No, it’s not just you. After eating an edible, you probably won’t feel its impact for another 30-90 minutes.
Why? The THC in edibles takes a much longer journey before it hits your brain. When you smoke, there’s nothing to break down. The THC travels to your lungs first before making its rounds to the bloodstream, central nervous system, and other parts of the body. When you eat an edible, the THC in your treat goes down to the stomach and is broken down by the liver before it hits the bloodstream. It takes a lot longer for THC to travel from the lungs to the brain than it does to travel from the liver to the brain.
Remember this before you unwrap your second cookie. Eating too many edibles because you don’t “feel it” is a classic rookie mistake. And you’ll certainly pay for it later.
They’re More “Potent” Than Smoking
How will you know that your edible has kicked in?
Oh, you’ll know. Edibles hit a lot harder than a few puffs of weed. Scientists have discovered that edibles can get you “more high” than smoking, even though you absorb more cannabinoids when you inhale.
The bud that you’re smoking (or want to put in an edible) doesn’t actually contain that much THC. It contains THCA, which is broken down to THC through combustion or decarboxylation. Once you ingest the THC, it breaks down even further. Edibles are metabolized in the liver into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is extremely potent. If you’re eating cannabis edibles, you’re going to ingest a higher amount of 11-hydroxy-THC than you would if you were to smoke cannabis.
Basically, hold off on that second edible until the first one has hit. If you’re new to edibles, take it slow. The high you’ll get from edibles is different than the one you’ll get from smoking. And when you’re too high, you’ll just have a bad time.
Not All Cannabis Edibles Will Get You High
More interested in the medicinal properties of cannabis? Don’t want to get high? You can still find an edible that fits your needs. Just look for an edible that only contains CBD. CBD is a non-psychoactive ingredient that will relax the body and mind, but without making you feel disoriented.
You Won’t Want to Eat Just One (But Pace Yourself!)
Of course, it’s going to be tempting to have another cookie. You’ll want to eat anything in sight once you get high. And those tasty treats will also smell better than normal.
There are a few reasons why eating is more pleasurable when you’re high: -Marijuana increases ghrelin levels in the body. Ghrelin is a hormone that makes you crave carbs and other foods. -Your sense of smell is also heightened after consuming cannabis. -When you do get a hold of some chips or baked goods, your brain will release dopamine to make you feel satisfied. Cannabis gives that dopamine release an extra boost, which means you’ll feel really good while you’re eating.
Stay safe by keeping some munchies nearby. Don’t give yourself another dose until your first edibles have kicked in. If “nothing” has happened after two hours, it’s probably safe to have that additional cookie.
Edibles Taste Like Grass Because They Have Chlorophyll In Them
Admittedly, not all cannabis treats are very appetizing. Many edibles, especially homemade edibles, taste like lawn clippings. This isn’t just a weird side effect of being high - edibles taste like grass because they contain chlorophyll!
Chlorophyll is the stuff that makes grass and other plants green. It gives cannabi