As the cannabis industry grows, new products appear on the market all the time. As a consumer, you have a variety of ways to use the plant, including smoking joints, vape pens, dabbing, topicals, and edibles. These products work a bit differently than other methods of consumption. Here’s what you need to know about the effects of edibles and how to get the most out of your experience.
The exact effects you feel when you consume an edible depend on a few factors. One of the main contributing ones is the THC content. The edibles you buy in the dispensary state the amount of THC per package, as well as per serving. The more you eat, the stronger the effects. Some products have CBD as well, and the ratio of CBD to THC plays a role as well. Other products are CBD only and, therefore, won’t produce a high.
Depending on the product you choose, you can use edibles to treat:
- Chronic pain
- Boosting creativity and cognitive thought
How Long Does It Take for Edibles to Take Effect?
When you smoke or vape, you’ll feel the effects in as little as 15 minutes. The cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds absorb into your bloodstream from your lungs.
Many users appreciate the fast-acting results these products provide.
Edibles, however, get processed in the body a bit differently. The product travels through your digestive system first. The cannabinoids and other compounds get processed through your liver before entering your bloodstream. As such, it can take approximately 90 minutes for you to start feeling anything.
Another thing to note is that edibles last longer than other delivery mechanisms. Where the effects of smoking or vaping last one to three hours, the effects of edibles last four to eight.
Best Practices for Edibles
To make the most out of your experience with edibles, you should keep a few things in mind:
Pay Attention to Potency
Some edibles are stronger than others. Be sure to read the label before you buy a product to ensure that it matches the goals you have in mind. If you’re sensitive to THC, you may even be able to cut a single serving in half to obtain the desired results.
Know Your Intention
Believe it or not, your mindset plays a significant role in your overall experience. If you’re upset or distracted, you might consume more than one serving, which can then amplify your negative feelings. Determine what you want out of your experience before you take your dose.
Have Something In Your Stomach First
Sure, consuming an edible involves eating something, but taking your dose on an empty stomach will have an entirely different effect than if you eat a little something first. With an empty stomach, your body will likely process the edible more quickly. You’ll feel the effects faster and stronger than if you’ve eaten something beforehand.
As mentioned above, it takes a while for cannabis edibles to take effect. Patience is vital. If you take a second (or even third) dose within two hours of your first, you’ll likely experience much stronger effects, which can lead to increased anxiety and paranoia. Wait until you’re sure the first dose hasn’t worked before trying a second.
Cannabis edibles take longer to kick in, but the effects often last longer than other products. The type you choose plays a significant role in exactly what you feel. Understanding your mindset and intentions, eating a little something first, and exercising patience will all help you to get the most out of the edibles you eat.