There are a few things consumers should know about edibles if they are considering taking them for the first time. It can take 30 minutes to 2 hours for edibles to take effect. If necessary, consumers should start with a low dose to assess their tolerance level. Since there is a risk of getting impatient about the lack of effects when taking edibles and taking too much, here is an overview of how edibles work compared to other marijuana products and how they can be taken safely.
The Delayed Effects of an Edible
To understand the effects of an edible, it is easiest to compare it to a more traditional product such as smoking cannabis. Many people find out the difference between eating marijuana edibles and smoking flower after they’ve tried each for themselves. Inhaling the smoke from burning marijuana leaves or flowers is called smoking weed. In comparison, edibles are food products containing cannabis.
Both smoking weed and eating edibles produce the psychoactive effects of cannabis, but they do so differently. When someone eats an edible, the effects can take a little longer to kick in since their liver must first metabolize it. In addition, edibles tend to last longer due to their slower absorption than inhalations.
When consumers smoke weed, they get an instant high that doesn’t last as long. A lot of THC is lost in the process of burning and inhaling weed when it is smoked. Because of a slower assimilation process, edibles have a stronger, longer-lasting effect.
Different Types of Edibles and Their Effects
Consumers can find marijuana in all sorts of edible products at a recreational marijuana dispensary these days, from candy to cookies to brownies. Keep in mind that since these products can take up to 2 hours to kick in, don’t take additional doses if you aren’t feeling the effects in the first hour or two. Consuming too much won’t have any lasting effects, but it can make you feel nauseous and generally unwell for quite a while. So remember to take it slow until you figure out the right dosage for you.
Marijuana drinks are also available now. These are typically teas or sodas that are infused with cannabis. The drinks may be carbonated or non-carbonated, and they are usually sold in small cans or bottles. These drinks may contain varying levels of THC. As with edibles, dispensaries advise consumers to start with a small dose to see how they react before increasing the dose.
Edibles can be a great way to consume cannabis due to their potency and long-lasting effects. However, keep in mind to do your research and pay close attention to the dosage of the edible you are taking. Finding the perfect dosage without going overboard will be worth the patience.