Edibles are various food like brownies, chocolate bars, etc. that are infused by cannabis. Edibles come in various forms such as cannabis tea, weed brownies, weed ice cream, no-bake cookies, magic pancakes, etc. They are also called a variety of names like space crackers and space brownies.
The Effects of Edibles
Edibles have a lower concentration of THC compared to flower and concentrates. They are best for people who look for medical benefits of cannabis without smoking it, edibles take longer to take effect compared to smoking.
When taken responsibly, edibles are very beneficial, and the negative effect of smoking to the lungs is eliminated, making it very helpful to people seeking out marijuana for medicinal uses.
How Do Edibles Work?
Directly ingesting raw marijuana does not produce any effect on the body as the receptors of cannabis inside the human body only work effectively when the carbon molecule in the cannabis is taken out. The process of removing carbon from the plant to have its full effect, the process is known as carbon conversion, and it occurs when the plant is made in contact with heat, alcohol or fat. This is why smoking, vaping and consuming cannabis as edibles are found to be more effective in producing effects as compared to ingesting the plant as raw.
The Cannabis plant is fat-soluble, this is important to know in the working of the cannabis as an edible because in this way marijuana can be put in cooking oil without having a significant change in taste while having full functionality with its effects, it can also be grounded and used in coffee or any other food item without interfering with the taste and giving the full benefit if it is to be used as medication.
Pre-made edibles are sold on the market for people who wish to get the benefits of cannabis without smoking or vaping it; you can also grind the plant to add it in your food materials as it does not ruin the taste of the food and also gives the full effect.
The process of entering the body by edibles is different from smoking cannabis as smoking involves entrance through inhalation whereas, edibles enter the body through oral intake, gastrointestinal uptake or sometimes both.
- Oral Uptake: Oral edibles are for those people who wish to get the cannabis faster than gastrointestinal uptake as this procedure is fast and produces rapid action as the oral cavity absorbs food more quickly than the stomach.
- Gastrointestinal Uptake: This type of edible absorption is a bit time consuming as stomach takes longer to digest the food and the intake takes place in the intestine, so this is a slow process when the mouth receives the food but digested and absorbed in the Gastrointestinal tract. This process, however, ensures that the effects last longer.
- Oral/Gastrointestinal Uptake: This method involves the uptake of edibles with the functional aspects of both the uptakes by giving fast and long-lasting action of cannabis