5 Things You Need to Know About Edible Cannabis 

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The onset of medicinal and recreational cannabis in many states has resulted in a new craze over edible cannabis.

If you’re in the mood to have a tasty snack and chill out at the same time, you’ve come to the right place. 

The days of only being able to consume cannabis by smoking it are long over, and now there are even restaurants dedicated to culinary excellence, with weed on the menu.

Before you dive into the world of edibles though, there are some things you need to know.

1. You can’t eat raw cannabis 

In reality, you actually can eat raw cannabis, but it won’t end the way you might think. Some professionals suggest there are health benefits to eating raw cannabis, but you certainly won’t get that relaxed euphoric feeling you hear about. 

In order for cannabis to become edible for therapeutic and recreational purposes, it needs to be heated up. This process is called decarboxylation. 

In the simplest of terms, the compounds present in the cannabis plant (THC and CBD) need to be activated through heating so that your body can process them and reap the benefits of consumption. 

On the other hand, if you’d like to sprinkle some raw cannabis on your salad, at least you know it won’t hurt!

2. You need to be aware of the dosage

The process of refining cannabinoids from the cannabis plant typically results in a pretty concentrated oil which you can use to cook and bake special treats. 

You need to be careful of how much you use though, because things can turn south pretty quickly, and you’ll be left with a less than desirable experience. 

If you’re using edibles purchased from a dispensary, make sure you read the label carefully so you don’t take too much. 

Everyone’s metabolism varies, so it’s important to wait until the full effects kick in (usually within 1-2 hours) before deciding to take more. Even then, it would be wise to wait, lest you get stuck to your couch!

3. The effects of ingesting cannabis last longer than when inhaled

As we mentioned, it should take between 1-2 hours before you feel the full effects of your cannabis edibles, and less time to begin to feel any effects. This is good to know if you’re considering taking more.

It takes your body much longer to process THC when ingested, so make sure your schedule is clear, and that you don’t have to drive anywhere! 

Never operate heavy machinery while you’re under the influence of drugs. If you need a ride, call a taxi or have a friend pick you up. 

If you’re trying edibles for the first time, it would be wise to do so at home in the evening, as the effects of ingesting cannabis can last up to 12 hours, and leave you feeling groggy for even longer. 

Don’t be alarmed though, set up a comfortable environment for yourself, and prepare to relax! 

4. The effects can be more intense compared to smoking or vaping

Cannabis edibles can put even the most seasoned stoners down for the night. Because of the higher concentration of THC and the way your body processes it, you might feel the same dosage even stronger when ingested.

As your body processes ingested cannabis, your liver turns the THC into an even stronger form, amplifying its effects. 

So we recommend taking it easy until you get a feel for the dosage your body can comfortably handle. 

If you’re sticking to CBD edibles, you don’t have to worry as much about dosage, but it can still make you drowsy in large quantities, so practicing moderation is key. 

5. It takes longer to feel the full effects

Because the chemicals in cannabis are processed through your digestive system, it takes much longer to feel the full effects. 

The time it takes for your special brownies to kick in will vary based on the rate of your metabolism. So if you’ve got a fast metabolism, you might start to feel the effects within half an hour, but if your metabolism is slow, it could take up to a couple of hours. 

Regardless of how quickly you begin to feel the effects, you should exercise caution before eating more. It’s always best to wait until you’ve started to come down from the high before redosing. 

Final Thoughts

It’s important to note that cannabis edibles look, taste, and smell just like regular food, so make sure you store them in a safe place, well out of reach from children or pets. 

If you’d like to know more about edible cannabis, you can read more here on Veriheal’s website.