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Edibles are food substances made with concentrates or cannabis flower. With the advance culinary art of cannabis, a wide selection of baked goods and treats such as THC gummies and CBD mints offers the desired effect of cannabis. 

With the cannabis-infused edibles, you can experience the effect of cannabis without vaporizing concentrates or smoking flower. 

Consumption of weed edibles effect may take hours to set in because they run through the digestive system, and the strength of effects progressively increases. The effect may be felt as quick as 20 minutes and can be felt in 3 hours, and duration may last from 4 to 6 hours.

How long does it stay in your system?

Absorbs to the digestive system, edibles has a delayed onset compared with sublingually or inhalation. The effect can be experienced within 20 minutes to 3 hours. Note that edibles can have a longer duration of effects than the other methods. 

Edible dosage

The edible’s potency is measured differently than concentrate or cannabis flower. The potency of a product is shown by the milligrams of cannabinoids contained. A package of marijuana edibles typically states both the CBD per serving and/or milligrams of THC, plus the total milligrams in the total package. 

Weed edibles have a different variety of CBD-to-THC ratios. A higher concentration of CBD ratio tends to be less intoxicating than those with no CBD. However, intoxication is dependent on THC consumption. 

Right dose

Checking the edible product dosage and consuming at a measured pace is very important due to the variable dosage options and delayed onset time. 1 to 5 milligrams of THC is the recommended dose for the beginners. 

Beginners should start with a 5mg dose then wait 24 hours to check the effects. Gradually increase to 2.5 0r 5mg dose every 24 hours up until the effect is felt

How edibles work

Edible enters the body starting from the mouth, through the gut, then metabolized in the liver, circulate through the heart and then reach the brain. Most urine testing and drug testing for cannabis look for THC and its metabolites like THC-COOH.

How long does it take for the edible to kick in?

THC is absorbed in the liver into an 11-hydroxy-THC compound. This compound has a longer half-life, can be very sedating and is more potent than THC. It is a lever mechanism that causes edibles to produce different effects in most people. The entire process may take 45 minutes to 3 hours.

The making of edibles

When anticipating the edible effects, the need to understand how they are made is vital. The methods and ingredients used in the production affect the resulting product, duration of effect and the onset time. It is also important to recognize the form of cannabis concentrate used in creating edibles as they can produce different effects.

Eating weed and effects

Decarboxylation is one of the indicators to determine the type of effects an edible may show. It is a process where THCA is slightly changed and heated into the intoxicating THC. The human body cannot convert THCA to THC that is why eating raw cannabis will not have intoxicating effects. 

The distillate is typically used for weed edibles that are intended to produce an intoxicating effect. They are widely used by commercial edible producers. 

Crystalline is common because it contains a sole cannabinoid — usually THCA or CBD. Crystalline can be blended with wet or dry ingredients and can be sprinkled on foods when baking or cooking, while, on the other hand, distillate can be mixed directly into liquids or with other moist ingredients.

Home-made edibles

Cannabis-infused oil and butter can be made from scratch using dry flower. The total concept of infusing fats and butter with cannabis includes submerging the dry material in the chosen carrier fat and heating it to gradually extract the cannabinoids from the material. Then will be strained to remove any excess plant material. The infused oil or fat can then be switched at a ratio of 1:1 for any food recipe.

It is fairly easy to make homemade edibles and cook with cannabis, but identifying the dosage properly is very difficult. For consistent taste, effects and dosing, check the cannabinoid content labels to see what product suits you well.

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