What are Edibles?

Marijuana – or weed – can be used in different ways and for various applications. Millions of people have turned to the herb either to manage debilitating health conditions or for pleasure.

A United Nations stats say about 2.5 percent of the global population use weed – approximately 147 million people.

Although smoking and vaping are the most common ways to enjoy marijuana, there’s a more health-conscious alternative – cannabis edibles.

  • What are edibles?
  • Is it safe to use cannabis edibles?
  • What are the benefits of edibles?
  • What’s the difference between using edibles and smoking?
  • Can I use cannabis raw?

Let’s find out…

What are edibles?

In the cannabis community, edibles is an umbrella name for any drink or food that contains whole-plant cannabis or any of its properties. These products are your typical everyday foods infused with cannabis.

With the quit-smoke campaigns, edibles are becoming an increasingly popular way to enjoy cannabis’ recreational and therapeutic promises.

Although widely considered a safer and more discreet way to use cannabis, some risks are noteworthy.

Cannabis Edibles – Safety Concerns

  • Accidental ingestion

By appearance, there isn’t any notable difference between marijuana-infused foods and their non-infused variants. This similarity increases the possibility of your ignorant kids, pets, and/or perhaps your ignorant guest from consuming these products.

A report showed a disturbing increase of marijuana-related emergency calls to poison control units across marijuana-prohibited states. Most of such calls were linked to incidental weed ingestion.

  • Drug-to-drug interactions

Cannabis properties have been found to interact with other drugs like blood thinners.

Such interactions may increase THC’s effect or alter the result of both medications, ruining your overall experience. Worse still, [though rarely so] this may lead to some severe complications.

  • Overdose

Overdosing cannabis through edibles is another common risk. These tasty rewarding treats are not only hard to resist, users are commonly tempted to munch on an extra portion and then more.

THC concentrations can be pretty high in some ready-made marijuana products. Besides, it’s hard to tell the strength of your DIY edibles. So, knowing your exact dosage limits become tricky.

  • The effect may come slowly

If you seek a fast-acting effect from weed, edibles will likely leave you disappointed.

Unlike smoking, edibles deliver their effects in about one to three hours. An inexperienced user may reach for more during the wait, thinking the effects would come when more is consumed.

Shockingly, the effects of overdosing on cannabis edibles may be more dreadful than the adverse effects of smoking cannabis buds.

When overdosed, edibles can cause

  • Nausea
  • Paranoia
  • Panic attacks
  • Hallucinations

Impaired mobility

Edibles vs. smoking

Edibles are widely thought effective, discreet, and, importantly, safer, particularly when compared to smoking.

Of course, exposure to toxins associated with smoking is far less with edibles. Smoking – whether weed or tobacco – may deliver the same level of toxic agents.

Bronchitis, lung inflammation, and some forms of cancer are likely results of cannabis smoke.

Oral cannabis doses do not deliver these effects; hence they are considered a lot safer.

However, more research may be required to unveil the detailed effects of edibles and possible side effects, if any.

Common types of edibles

Edibles are available in various forms, with new products trooping in daily. The most common option includes:

  • Beverages, including coffee, energy drinks, tea, and iced tea, soda, wine
  • Baked foods: cookies, brownies, waffles, and biscuits
  • Sweets and candies: chewing gum, lollipops, gummies, and hard candy, fruit bars, truffles, and marshmallow

Butter, syrups, jerky, and sugar

Benefits of cannabis edibles

  • Longer lasting effect

While edibles’ effects may come relatively slow, they last well longer than vaping or smoking. This makes them most preferred for health seekers who need long-acting relief.

  • No respiratory concern

Weed smoke delivers toxins into your body, including carcinogens. Regular smokers risk concerns like bronchitis and lung inflammation.

Since edibles do not involve combustion and inhalation, they are free from these fears.

  • Discreet

Using cannabis without anyone knowing is in itself blissful.

No smoke. No odor. No ashes. And you can use your product practically anywhere and anytime.

Can I use Raw Weed?

Of course, you can eat raw marijuana.

But don’t expect the same effect as from cannabis edibles. To get the full potential of your weed, the herb has to be activated through a process called decarboxylation.

In its raw state, marijuana contains [among other compounds] cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA). It requires heating to convert these acids into the highly sought-after therapeutic cannabinol (CBD) and recreational Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), respectively.

So, note that eating your freshly plucked weed will not deliver a similar effect as heated weed-infused in your store-bought oils, tinctures, powder, candies, etc.

But away from the high, you may still get some health benefits from the truckload of other compounds in the plant, which may not necessarily need heat for activation.

That said, more research is required to tell the exact effects of cannabis when used raw.

Summarily

Edibles are a safe, discreet, and fun way to enjoy cannabis and exploit its exciting benefits.

Although edibles come off as ‘safer’ than the smoking alternative, caution is advised when using edibles.

Also, note that edibles deliver similar effects as smoking does, but at a relatively slower pace. Trying to increase the amount consumed without waiting for the effects may lead to an overdose which may be dangerous.

For safety, do well to follow recommended doses and generally start with small portions, particularly for homemade cannabis-infused edibles. You may discontinue consumption at any point the effects become discomforting.

To learn more about cannabis edibles and other exciting cannabis products, Montorose cannabis is your one-stop shop for your top-quality cannabis products and accessories.

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