Edibles are a great alternative to smoking. One of the major mistakes cannabis users make when it comes to edibles is consuming too much, whether knowingly or accidentally. Thankfully, the genre of marijuana edibles is gaining a lot of popularity, and a lot of information regarding how to safely consume edibles is now available.
What are edibles?
Simply put, edibles are marijuana-infused foods and beverages. People have consumed foods and beverages infused with marijuana for thousands of years. For example, in India, people have consumed weed in foods and drinks since 2000 BC. In Europe, cannabis-infused foods and drinks have been a common preference among women and children for many years.
Following the increased legalization of marijuana, the demand for edibles has tremendously gone up. Today, dispensaries offer a whole range of weed-infused food products and drinks. Marijuana connoisseurs can also prepare their weed-infused cuisines at the comfort of their homes.
Common weed edible products include: Cookies, chips, tea and coffee, sodas, chocolates, dessert balls, pizza, brownies, candies, and ice cream.
What’s the difference between edibles and other forms of marijuana?
Typically, cannabis edibles are designed to contain a high percentage of THC. As a result, edibles are among the most potent forms of weed.
Unlike inhaling marijuana where a person feels ‘high,’ edibles create a more intense experience. Because of their extreme potency levels, ingesting edibles may change your perception of time and cognition. Edibles may also impair your judgment and memory.
Novice marijuana users should be a little more careful when it comes to edibles. Instead of going all in, you’re advised to build up your marijuana tolerance first. The best way to do it is to start small and increase your dose with time.
The advantages of edibles
Most weed users, especially those new to marijuana or those who’ve not consumed the holy plant in a very long time, prefer edibles over smoking pot for various reasons including
-More intense body high
-Longer lasting effects
-No extra equipment required
Edibles provide a great way to experience cannabis effects, especially to people living with medical conditions that prevent them from inhaling marijuana.
Also, edibles are the way to go if you don’t like the way burnt weed tastes or feels on your throat and lungs.
Note that the effects of edibles may take 1 hour to 2 hours to kick in. Therefore, you’re advised to be more patient and resist the urge to re-dose too quickly. Quick re-dose may result in an overdose situation where you may experience a bunch of side effects, including:
Although edibles take longer to produce the desired effects than other methods of ingesting marijuana, their effects are longer lasting. Some users have reported experiencing the effects of their edibles 24 hours after consuming them.