What to Expect with Edibles
Edibles are more than brownies. In fact, the use of edibles has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly for medical use. For certain medical conditions, doctors and patients alike are drawn to its long-term effects and lack of inhalation into the lungs. However, there are some important distinctions to consider when choosing edibles versus other consumption methods.
The most notable difference between edibles, inhalants (smoking/vaping) and tinctures is the amount of time it takes for the THC to take effect and how long it lasts. Combustible and sublingual consumption methods tend to have a relatively immediate effect because they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Edibles must process through the digestive system. This means that for edibles, it can take between 45 minutes to two hours for the effects of THC to be felt by the user. Additionally, the “high” with edibles lasts considerably longer - several hours for some. Those that consume moderate amounts smoking can expect the effects to last about an hour or two.
Appropriate dosing with edibles can be challenging and the effects are contingent on many factors. Just as alcohol can be more impactful on an empty stomach, edible marijuana is the same. Further, it is recommended to start with a small dose, such as 2.5mg or 5mg at first, to see what dosing levels work best with your body. As mentioned above, it is important to allow plenty of time for the THC to kick in, and it is strongly recommended to not take an additional dose until you have let a few hours pass, and you know exactly how the first dose affects you. Even experienced marijuana smokers can sense a different effect with edibles, making it crucial to really understand how they affect you before increasing your dosage.
Above we mentioned that the “high” with edibles lasts considerably longer than one may have experienced with other consumption methods. This bears repeating as it requires preparation. As always, do not drive while consuming marijuana in any form. Since the effect from edibles can last up to six hours, it is important to prepare for not driving yourself anywhere during that time. Additionally, until you fully know how edibles will affect you and have identified the optimum dose for you, we recommend consuming under supervision of someone that is not consuming. Because of the long-term effects of edibles, they can be an ideal form of treatment for those with insomnia.
As always, our Garden Remedies Patient Care Advocates are here to help you identify the best products for your needs and provide you with the necessary information to make decisions about cannabis and your wellness.