Cannabis-infused edibles have been around for a long time. Most everyone has heard of cannabis brownies. There are an abundance of stories of consumers having bad experiences with edibles. It can be easy and tempting to indulge in too much of a good thing. Cannabis edibles are tasty, and the onset of effects takes a while. Smoking dried flower delivers effects within minutes. With edibles, the effects start to kick in after about thirty minutes and can take several hours to hit their peak. It’s the THC in the edibles that create the euphoric or high sensation. THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD (cannabidiol) is another cannabinoid commonly found in edibles. CBD is non-intoxicating and is believed to provide therapeutic benefits. Available in a wide range of options, edibles offer an alternative to smoking, vaping and dabbing. They are wonderfully easy to consume. There are no specialized skills or gear required. Consuming edibles doesn’t create any odors, smoke or mess. However, it’s important to read the label carefully and adhere to dosage recommendations. Cannabis gummies, cookies, chocolate bars, suckers, mints and peanut butter cops vary greatly in their potency. For beginners, consume no more than 2.5 mg of THC. Wait several hours before taking more. The effects of eating an edibles are more potent and last longer than inhalation methods.
They can linger up to twelve hours. Residual effects can sometimes last up to 24 hours. Start with a low dosage and take it slow. Don’t plan to drive or operate heavy equipment after ingesting cannabis edibles. The delay in effects is because THC first enters the stomach and the liver, before reaching the bloodstream and brain. The process is unique to each individual, making it difficult to know exactly when a consumer will experience the full effects of the edible. It’s important to properly and safely store cannabis edibles. Not only does careful storage keep them fresh, but treats that look like brownies, cookies or chocolates are tempting for kids and pets. Carefully sealed, child-resistant containers are a must.
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