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Do you enjoy cannabis but don’t want to smoke it? Do you like it, but want something a bit stronger and more sedating? Are you looking for a relaxing body high to ease you into the night? If you answered yes to any of those questions then weed edibles might be your answer. Edibles are what you get when you infuse activated THC into normal everyday foods.
Edible pot is a lot more potent than regular buds. It is processed in the body differently compared to smoking, and its effects last a lot longer.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you ate marijuana completely raw? Like just out of the jar and into your mouth? Well, apart from a few significant health benefits, nothing else really happens. You won’t feel high by eating raw buds because the THC in them is in an inactive state, better known as THC-A.
It’s only when THC-A is decarbed that it turns into activated THC. “Decarbed” refers to decarboxylation — a process that converts THC-A into THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol).
This process automatically takes place when you smoke a joint. But if you want to consume weed orally and get high off it, it’s going to have to be decarboxylated. That’s the kind of weed that’s used in edibles.
When you consume activated THC, it goes through your digestive system and into your liver where it gets metabolized into something called 11 hydroxy THC — a compound that’s 4 to 5 times more potent than normal THC.
There’s a stark difference between smoking pot and eating it; the latter is far more potent, takes a long time to hit, and even longer to wear off. The main reason behind this is that edible marijuana has to go through your entire digestive system before it starts doing anything.
For the most part, the high feels similar to smoking weed but it heavily depends on the dosage and every individual’s personal tolerance. If you’re used to smoking a few doobs daily, you’ll require a stronger dose than what someone who barely ever smokes would need.
The biggest benefit here is the discreteness it brings to taking marijuana. Since everything looks like normal food, you can stealthily take your medication throughout the day without anyone noticing. Edibles typically induce more of a body typed high and increased sensations of relaxation, euphoria and sedation than normal buds do.
Due to its heavy sedating and relaxing effects that edibles have on the body, many medical marijuana users take these to relax muscles to ease aches and pains. They are also commonly used to treat anxiety, paranoia and stress, but just be careful as taking too much can possibly heighten these conditions.
This begs the question; how can something that is used to relieve anxiety, cause anxiety? This is because weed has biphasic effects. The substance can have opposite effects in different doses. Anxiety can be reduced in lower doses but it can get out of control in higher doses.
If you are taking edibles for symptom relief, it is important to know exactly how much you’re using, which brings us to the next topic.
Dosage is the single most important factor to keep in mind while consuming edibles. Misreading the THC content or mistaking them for regular food could either give you a light, unintentional buzz or send you into outer space depending on how much you consume.
Take a quick glance at this dosage chart, it’ll help you decide how much to consume in one sitting. The lower your tolerance is, the more accurate these figures will be; heavy users might require a lot more than what’s mentioned below.
Microdose: 1mg to 2.5mg
No active effects, light relief from pain and anxiety. Ideal for increased focus and creativity.
Low dose: 2.5mg to 15mg
Stronger symptom relief, easier to fall asleep. The high won’t be overwhelming on this dose, it’s an ideal first time dose.
Medium dose: 15mg to 30mg
Effects begin to get stronger. Inexperienced users might experience negative effects.
High Dose: 30mg to 50mg
Here’s where experienced THC users should ideally start. Effects are very satisfactory and they might impair coordination and alter your perception.
Moderately High Dose: 50mg to 100mg
High levels of euphoria, red eyes, and cottonmouth. Effects last for a long time. Recommended for experienced THC users only.
Very High Dose: 100mg to 500mg
Almost like a psychedelic trip, especially if your tolerance is low. Only recommended for highly experienced individuals who know exactly what they’re doing.
If you plan to consume edibles, do it in a nice comfortable environment, and do it when you are sure you have nothing else to do any time soon. This is because edible pot is known to pack a punch and can oftentimes fuse consumers into their couches. It is advised not to overdo it when it comes to dosing.
Start with just a small dose and wait a while to see what happens. It could take up to 20-30 minutes to feel the effects, but more commonly the effects will have taken hold long before that.
You can pretty much infuse any food with decarboxylated weed and consume it to get high.
Edibles are best taken in small doses and responsibly. You want to make sure it is kept away from children and is kept clearly marked that the food contains THC. Also, it is suggested to consume them when you have a nice place to relax and nothing that needs to be done for the rest of the night.
The most common alternative would be to just smoke normal pot buds in a joint, bong or pipe. Also, cannabis concentrates are another great alternative, as they can be extremely potent and are widely available. Some of the more common weed concentrates include:
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