How Much Do You Really Know About Edibles?

With cannabis legalization spreading throughout North America, it’s no surprise that edibles are becoming an increasingly popular way to consume THC. But how much do you really know about them? Edibles come in all shapes and sizes, from drinks to candy to meals. And the effects can be unpredictable—even for experienced cannabis users. So if you’re looking to explore the world of edibles, make sure you educate yourself first! This article will give you a basic overview of what edibles are, how they work, and some tips for consuming them safely. Read on to learn more!

How Much Do You Really Know About Edibles?

What Are Edibles?

Anyone who's ever looked at a marijuana menu in detail has likely encountered edibles. In this context, an edible is any marijuana product besides the flower itself that can be eaten or drunk. Edibles come in infinite varieties and have greatly expanded marijuana legalization into new territories.


Edible marijuana products are foods that have been infused with marijuana instead of CBD oil, hash oil, etc. Common types include but are not limited to:


  • Baked goods like brownies and cupcakes; hard candy; chocolates; crackers; lollipops; suckers; fruit chews; jelly beans; and salty snacks like pretzels, potato chips, and popcorn.

  • Special marijuana edibles are marijuana-infused drinks including soda pop, marijuana-infused coffees, marijuana tea; marijuana extracts in oil form; marijuana extracts in syrup form; marijuana extracts in butter form to be used for baking; marijuana polystyrene soups, and marijuana polystyrene instant noodles.


When You Eat Edibles, What Happens To Your Body?

When someone eats marijuana-infused food or drink, the liver begins to metabolize the cannabis instantly. That means marijuana edibles consumers will likely feel marijuana's effects 30-90 minutes after marijuana has been ingested (on average within an hour).


Since THC is absorbed in our stomachs and small intestines before moving on to our liver, marijuana edibles deliver mostly unmetabolized THC to the consumer. The result? Once marijuana enters our bloodstream through the stomach and small intestines instead of via our lungs, approximately 30% of THC is absorbed.


Then why do marijuana edibles produce stronger effects compared to smoking marijuana? Smoking marijuana produces instant effects while consuming marijuana orally requires more time for it to be fully processed by our bodies. This means that when we ingest marijuana orally, its chemicals go through a few processes before we begin to feel marijuana's full effects.


Why Is Dosing Important?

Because marijuana edibles are made with marijuana, not sugar, baking chocolate, or other fillers. It takes a long time for the marijuana to be absorbed by your system—often over an hour if eaten on an empty stomach—and its effects can be very different from smoking marijuana.


An overdose of marijuana edibles that contains THC is called "greening out." Symptoms include mild discomfort to extreme paranoia and terror, cold sweats, elevated heart rate, nausea, and vomiting.


Is Reading Labels Essential?

When eating edibles, it is important to read labels. This is because marijuana can be used for multiple purposes including medicinal purposes and this must be considered when looking at marijuana edibles.  Even though all marijuana may seem the same, each strain of marijuana has different effects on the body and mind depending on its chemical makeup which can impact how a person feels after they have eaten marijuana edibles.


In addition, some marijuana edible products contain other ingredients in them such as nuts or dairy so it is also necessary to check the label in order to determine whether a product has something that could cause a reaction in an individual with allergies or sensitivities.


Are Marijuana Edibles Legal In The United States?

Marijuana edibles are legal for medical marijuana patients in the United States. However, marijuana edibles are not legal in all states. Some states allow marijuana edibles to be sold legally to registered medical marijuana patients.


Other states allow marijuana edibles if they are made by the individual who is going to ingest them. Some states even allow marijuana edibles that can be sold with limitations or rules for those who sell marijuana edibles. Be sure to check your state's laws regarding marijuana consumption and purchase before trying anything.


Are Edibles Expensive?

Well, marijuana brownies typically cost between $10 and $25 a pop. That may seem expensive but it's understandable when you consider the ingredients used to make marijuana brownies.

For example, marijuana butter costs about $120 an ounce whereas marijuana leaves can cost as little as $20 an ounce. In comparison, marijuana flowers usually sell for around $15 per gram or even less in certain dispensaries. The poor man's alternative is marijuana leaf which can be smoked from a pipe or bong without being infused into anything at all!


Another reason why edibles are expensive? It takes 7-10 grams of marijuana bud/leaf to make 1 single brownie (a very small and frugal batch). So if you want to make 100 marijuana brownies, you'll have to procure 700-1000 grams of marijuana. If that marijuana bud is grown organically or with the best marijuana cultivation methods, then that price tag might be more justifiable.


Where Can I Buy High-Quality Edibles?

If you live in a cannabis-friendly state, then it is likely that marijuana edibles are sold at retail outlets very close to your location. When marijuana first became legal for recreational use, high numbers of tourists flocked to Colorado and Washington, making marijuana-infused food very popular. Now that marijuana has become legal in so many states across America, you can find edibles almost everywhere! You can even buy marijuana brownies online if there isn't a dispensary near you.


Edibles should be treated with respect. It doesn't matter which city or town you might be visiting - always exercise caution when eating marijuana edibles. Every person reacts differently to THC, which means that marijuana edibles affect everyone differently as well. What might be a small dose of marijuana edibles for one person might send another into a fit of paranoia. Be careful when you are buying marijuana edibles, especially if it is marijuana brownies online that you are ordering!


So, what do you think? Are edibles right for you? If you’re still on the fence, or if you have any other questions about marijuana edibles, please don’t hesitate to call us today. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff would be more than happy to answer any of your questions and help get you started on your own edible journey. Thanks for reading!

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