Let's talk about edible cannabis!
We’ve all seen the movies where someone “accidentally” or purposely consumes a weed brownie and starts tripping.
I’m not sure what’s in the brownies that Hollywood portrays, but I don’t think it’s just cannabis from the way the actors act.
I promise you won’t see dragons eating cotton candy, or be laying naked in the middle
Of the road, or see crazy colours and hallucinations.
Edibles have been around for thousands of years and are used for a wide array of occasions and ailments.
They can be overwhelming to start with, especially if you’ve never consumed them before.
So before you try edibles, let’s look at the magic behind them!
What are edibles?
They are food items that contain cannabis. With how advanced the cannabis world is, you don’t have to just get the classic pot brownies. We now have a wide array of weed edibles. Everything from infused granola bars and dried fruit, to cotton candy! From coffee and teas to sports recovery drinks and capsules.
You can even get edibles that have no weed taste that is made with distillate as opposed to classic weed infusions such as cannabis butter or canna coconut oil.
Many edibles come in various doses.
I’ve had edibles that are 2.5 mg of THC all the way up to 1000mg of THC.
The recommended dosage for new cannabis users is 5mg -10mg of THC to start with. You may think this is not much THC but edibles are a different high than smoking cannabis. They offer a more powerful body high. This is a great option for those users looking for pain relief
How long does it take to kick in?
Contrary to popular belief, cannabis edibles do not kick in instantly. When you’re inhaling weed, the effects kick in within moments and last from 1 hour to 3 hours roughly.
When you consume cannabis edibles it can take from 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects. This depends on the dosage, your metabolic rate, and if you ate the edible on an empty stomach or not.
It is recommended to wait two hours before consuming more. First-time users make this mistake and can end up “ too high”.
If this happens, do not panic, follow these tips to help ease the high.
Get some fresh air, this will clear your mind some.
Go lay down in bed
Try some CBD. CBD is known to counteract the effects of THC
Distract yourself with a movie, music, or friends!
A glass of cold water or chewing fresh peppercorns can counteract anxiety induced by THC. ( But let’s be realistic, most people do not keep fresh peppercorns in their house.
How long does the high last?
This is where edibles are amazing, The average high is 6 hours, but depending on how much you consumed, the residual effects of the edibles can be felt upwards of 24 hours after. So please consume responsibly.
Around 4 hours into the high, it will typically peak and things feel amazing. Edibles are a healthy, safe way to consume cannabis without smoking!
Personally, I’ve had an edible high last me 12 hours and it was great. I ate 200mg of THC in the form of cotton candy, it was a great experience. I’m also a seasoned cannabis user and this is a large dose for me, my average edible dose is 20mg to 90mg of THC. This took a lot of trial and error before I found the right dose for myself.
Will eating raw weed get me high?
No, once again this is a myth that Hollywood has bestowed upon us. Do you want to know something crazy, the raw, living, female cannabis plant has no active THC in it, only THC-A. THC-A has no psychoactive properties until it’s heated but has many therapeutic properties.
The THC is only activated when it is heated by smoking, vaping, or baking!
THC-A stands for tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis.
Another reason why eating raw weed won’t get you high is because the THC needs to reach your bloodstream to be effective and reach the cannabinoid receptors in our bodies.
our bodies do not break down raw cannabis material well, what trace amounts of THC found in the raw cannabis will be processed, broke down, and expelled through the digestive system before it’s effective.
SO no, eating a whole bag of raw weed will not get you high.
Why are edibles more potent?
They’re more potent due to how they’re consumed. When you smoke weed, the THC is absorbed through your lungs into your bloodstream instantly. From there, the THC makes its way to fatty tissues, such as your brain where they connect with your receptors and give you that way of euphoria cannabis is known for.
When you eat an edible it needs to be broken down through your stomach and then the enzymes become metabolized and are processed in the liver. Enzymes in the liver are what break down the THC. So this process is what makes edibles more potent and last longer. How neat is that?
Why don’t edibles work for me?
In some situations, even after waiting two hours and consuming more edibles, you don’t feel the effects.
Why is this?
This phenomenon is known as “ first-pass metabolism”. This is a process when your body is so sneaky and good at breaking down things, that instead of being broken down and metabolized in the liver, the compound is cleaned out and goes through your system without effect.
First pass metabolism doesn’t just affect cannabis consumption, it can affect pharmaceuticals as well.
It’s because of this phenomenon that you may not feel the desired effects of your edibles.
You may also need a larger dose of THC, wait two hours and see how you’re feeling.
It is recommended to eat a small meal with your edibles, something fatty such as cheese, avocado, or another fatty food item to help minimize this effect and make your edibles more effective so you can reap the benefits.
The world of edibles is vast, long gone are the days where you could only get weed brownies. We now have countless options to choose from to suit anyone’s dietary needs and preferences. As of October 17, 2019, Canada “legalized” edibles on a federal level and they're now in stores! I'll be writing a piece on options you can try from the recreational stores.
Edibles are an awesome way to consume cannabis recreationally and medically. Remember to start low and go slow.