Marijuana Weed Edibles

Marijuana which is informally known as a weed — refers to the dried flowers, seeds, stems, and leaves of the Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica plants. It is one of the popular drug used by millions of people either for pleasure or to treat chronic health issues.

An edible is a kind of consumable food or drink. In the same way, a Cannabis or Weed Edibles are known as a cannabis-infused food or simply an edible is that form of food product that contains cannabinoids in a recommended amount. These cannabinoids are especially known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The cannabis-infused drink is preferably referred to as more or like liquid edible or drinkable. Weed or Cannabis can be used in a number of ways, but some of the most popular methods include smoking and vaping. Although it is a known fact that smoking weed is the most dominant method of consumption, eating weed or weed edibles is quickly becoming a popular way to consume cannabis or weed.

However, some people wonder whether it’s safe to eat marijuana and whether ingesting it has the same effects as smoking or vaping. Thanks to advancement in the cannabis cooking or preparing arts and the emergence of distillates, you can now find a wide range of high-quality baked goods, beverages, and treats that provide the desired effects of cannabis for both recreational and medical users. The consumption of weed edibles or cannabis-infused food and drinks is totally intuitive.

Most of the cannabis edibles consist of a significant percentage of THC, which can result in a wide range of effects, like relaxation, euphoria, increased appetite, fatigue, and anxiety. These kinds of THC-dominant edibles are purposely consumed for recreational and medicinal reasons. Some of the weed edibles contain a negligible amount of THC and are instead dominant in other types of cannabinoids, most preferably cannabidiol (CBD). This category of edibles is primarily used for medical purposes only. There is another kind of weed edibles (food and beverages both) which are made from non-psychoactive cannabis products are known as hemp foods.

Since history, Bhang has been considered an edible in the native Indian subcontinent. Earlier the cannabis-infused food and drink were prepared by people using Bhang for several decades. It was noticed throughout the precedent days that the bhang was oil-soluble because of that the bhang was sautéed in oil before intermixture it in food or drinks. Earlier Bhang was used to be distributed during the spring festival of Holi.

Naturally, cannabis does not contain remarkable amounts of THC, rather it contains high levels of tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), which is further converted into THC through decarboxylation, a process induced by heating.

If compared, the effects of eating cannabis products and smoking them are totally different from one and the other. Like it depends on the quantity consumed, duration of consumption and spacing of puffs, the hold time and the amount a person’s lungs are affecting the dose. When talking about eating different options (prepared for oral intake) in which cannabinoids are dissolved affect the availability of cannabinoids and different people may experience different metabolic effects. The cannabinoids consumed orally are processed by the human digestive system and liver at a slow pace before entering into the bloodstream. These kinds of cannabinoids are absorbed slowly and have delayed and lower peak concentrations followed by delayed cleansing of the body. But unlike oral consumption inhaling them leads to faster absorption because for smoking products cannabis is burnt before preparing the final products.

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THC Effects: Eating an Edible

As we have mentioned that Cannabis can often be mixed with either butter or oils and cooked into food as per the consumption requirements. There is a number of options available in the market in terms of edibles like cannabis-infused brownies, lollipops, candies, breath strips, cookies, bread, various drinks, granola bars, beef jerky and a host of other foods have been used to carry THC content to a user. All edibles will vary greatly in their potency in terms of THC percentage used in them. Once cannabis-infused edible is consumed, then THC is absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach and then the liver. As this absorption process takes place as long as 30 to 90 minutes before reaching the brain, the effects felt through an edible will be less potent, but it could last much longer for example 4 to 6 hours in some cases. It is to be noted, that the liver can change THC into a stronger strain, usually resulting in a long-lasting sedative effect. Consuming cannabis-infused tea will lead to a similar absorption process as in the case of edible. However, the drink can often dilute the THC, making it less potent. Just like other drugs absorbed in the stomach, such as alcohol, the effects of THC will be realized much more frequently if consumed on empty stomach as compared to on a full stomach.

How THC contained Weed edibles work?

The Weed Edibles enter the human body through the mouth and are absorbed through the gut. These absorbed compounds are then digested by the liver. Cannabis THC is metabolized in the liver in the form of a compound called 11-hydroxy -THC. This compound possesses much more potency when compared to THC and has a longer half-life and can be highly sedating. This is the mechanism taking place in the liver, due to which it causes edibles to have distinct effects in most of the people. This entire process may take place between 45 and 180 minutes.

Can you eat weed?

The short and precise answer is yes, you can eat weed. In fact, weed-infused foods and drinks have been consumed throughout history. Weed was used as medicine in ancient China and India and had been introduced to Western medicine in the early 19th century. Edible applications, such as tinctures, were prescribed to treat various medical problems, from chronic pain to digestive disorders. The weed-infused edible products were also used to relieve stress and instigate euphoria or lightness, similar to alcohol consumption. Bhang is a kind of beverage made from a mixture of the leaves and flowers of weed or cannabis plants, has been consumed for millennium during religious festivals, such as Holi, a Hindu festival of love and colours. When we talk about the United States, then there the recreational use of cannabis edible products became popular during the 1960s, and today, many different variants of edibles are available, both legally as well as illegally, depending on state laws. For example, edible chocolates, capsules, oils, gummies, candies, and teas are some of the cannabis-infused products sold in both legal weed dispensaries and through the illegal weed market. The people addict to edibles also makes their own range of weed-infused products by adding butter or oil with marijuana and mixing it into baked goods and other recipes.