When pot was legalized, nobody really expected the edibles sector to take over the industry, or even emerge in the first place.
In Colorado alone, more than five million edibles were sold within the past year. Washington residents are also having a grand time with their edibles. States that offer legal marijuana for medical purposes also enjoy a bustling edibles market.
Though it looks like a long-awaited solution to avoid the stigma of using weed especially for patients, edibles are not without its risks. Many cannabis users—both novice and experienced—don’t really know how edibles work, how potent they are, and how much is already too much.
So before you take a bite out of that marijuana brownie, read these five essential things that you need to know about them first:
- Smoking and eating pot? Not the same.
It’s easy to get high when you smoke pot. The THC automatically gets into your lungs and into your bloodstream, immediately sending you to cloud nine. But when you eat pot, it first gets digested and passes through the liver before entering the bloodstream. You have to wait at least 30 minutes before you achieve your desired high. The problem is, people are simply not that patient. They take a small bite, and when they don’t feel any different, they take another bite. The result? A double dose of pot that will leave you super high for hours on end. Just imagine if you consume the whole candy bar.
- Edible manufacturers use trims (i.e., waste products) in their munchies.
When you smoke marijuana, you are actually smoking the plant itself. But with edibles, you consume pot in the form of cannabis oils added to food recipes. Manufacturers use the trimmings to make their oils. These trims don’t necessarily come from the same strain or even the same sub-species of indica or sativa. Thus, it’s really hard to test its potency, since you can’t determine the strain-specific effects of these edibles.
- Trims make low quality edibles.
Since trims are waste products in the first place, you really couldn’t expect it to be the best part of the bud. It doesn’t contain as much cannabinoids as the bud itself, so it takes more time for you to get high through the trims. Moreover, growers don’t treat trims with the same amount of care and attention as they do with buds. Bags of trim can sit on shelves for weeks or months, degrading its THC content.
- The type of food matters as well.
Cannabis scientists who manufacture edibles also need to be food scientists. This can help them analyze the interaction between certain types of food and cannabis. Unfortunately, there’s still a long way to go before clinical scientific evidence can prove how marijuana catalyzes the effects of some herbs. Right now, it’s all just anecdotal.
- The science of edibles needs to catch up.
Most studies on cannabis are aimed towards smoked marijuana, and not a lot has been published on edibles. After all, it’s quite a new phenomenon, so it’s safe to assume that all those researches are still to come. The best thing to do right now is to consume edibles with reasonable care. That is, don’t eat a whole pot-laced candy bar in one go.
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