Cannabis-infused foods are all the rage these days. You have cooking shows promoting cannabis in cooking. You also have pop-up restaurants all over promoting this cuisine, and now you even have a Cafe that encourages the consumption of marijuana in its edible form.
If you are adventurous enough, you would have most probably gone like “Huh, this seems doable”. But before you jump on the supposed bandwagon for edibles. I would urge you to go through what the basic difference between them is scientifically and otherwise. Making informed decisions is what makes a good cannabis consumer.
Edibles do have this crazy psychedelic high that, in comparison, the joint seems like an earth-shattering thing. It is. So if that is how you describe it, you should be proud of yourself.
But why does this happen? Let’s understand further.
THC Is Absorbed Differently
Why is an edible stronger than a joint? In its edible form THC, the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana is metabolized by the liver. THC is converted into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is an active metabolite that does a good job of crossing the brain-blood barrier and giving you an intense high.
Inhalation makes the smoke go straight to the brain resulting in a faster high that fades away faster too.
Effects and Duration
Whenever you plan on going down the edibles, remember to eat small portions and wait it out. Due to their metabolization process, it can take anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours for the effects to kick in. If you think it takes longer for results to come on, you have no idea how long those effects stay for. If you go overboard, short of sticking your head in a fridge, there won’t be much help you.
So portion control your edible.
In comparison to that, joints are a much milder undertaking — the effects of a joint decimate in about the first 30 -40 minutes.
Edibles Are Difficult to Dose
If you have ever had a little too much of an edible, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, then I’m here to tell you it is a bad experience, one that you are better living without.
There is no way to figure out how much is too much in the case of edibles. Plus, add that onto the time taken between ingestion and the onset of effects. It is easy to overestimate the dosage completely.
Inhaled, on the other hand, is much safer as you know the effects as they hit you almost instantly.
Differences in Advertising
In unregulated markets, it is next to impossible to know if what is advertised is correct or not. Something that was not very strong the last time you had it could have done a 180 turn on you and send you screaming off the cliffs. If you are unsure, don’t have it.
As legalization is taking place, other laws that regulate these products are coming into place. But if you live in a place where cannabis is still being dealt under the table and in shady corners, it might be better to say no to edibles.
Smoking, on the other hand, is pretty straightforward. You get what you pay.
The Healthy Option
The one thing that edibles do have is that they are a healthier option to smoking. Smoking of absolutely any kind has the potential to mess up your lungs. Vaporization was considered a healthier alternative, but of all us are aware of what is happening there.
So, you have an aversion to smoking. It is the right idea to switch to edibles.
If you have gone through the blog, you must have figured out my preference between the two. But the choice, in the end, remains yours. My experience hasn’t been great, but Stockton 420 evaluations always encourages you to choose your own path.