Edibles are food products that contain cannabis, typically in the form of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) or CBD (cannabidiol) extracts. They come in many forms including:
The various types of edible products are:
- Baked goods: This includes cookies, brownies, muffins, cakes, and other baked products that have been infused with cannabis compounds.
- Chocolates: Chocolate bars, truffles, and other chocolate-based products infused with cannabis compounds.
- Gummies: Gummy bears, worms, and other gummy candies infused with cannabis compounds.
- Beverages: Cannabis-infused beverages include tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and energy drinks.
- Capsules: Cannabis capsules contain concentrated cannabis extracts in a pill form.
- Tinctures: Tinctures are liquid cannabis extracts that are typically taken sublingually (under the tongue) or added to food or drink.
- Topicals: Cannabis-infused creams, balms, and lotions that are applied directly to the skin.
- Cooking oils: Cannabis-infused cooking oils, such as olive oil, coconut oil, and vegetable oil, can be used in recipes to create cannabis-infused dishes.
- Breath mints: Cannabis-infused breath mints are a discreet way to consume cannabis.
When ingested, edibles are metabolized in the liver, which converts THC into 11-hydroxy-THC, a more potent form of THC than what is produced by smoking or vaping. This can result in a longer and more intense high compared to other methods of cannabis consumption.
It’s important to note that the effects of edibles can take longer to kick in compared to smoking or vaping, typically taking 30 minutes to 2 hours to feel the effects, and can last for several hours. The delayed onset of effects can sometimes lead people to accidentally consume too much, leading to an unpleasant and overwhelming experience commonly referred to as a “greenout.”
It is important to note that the potency of edibles can vary greatly, and it is recommended to start with a low dose and wait at least two hours before consuming more, as the effects can take longer to onset and can last longer than other forms of consumption.
How to tell if edibles kicked in
The onset of the effects of edibles can vary depending on several factors such as the type of edible, the dosage, and individual factors such as metabolism and tolerance. However, it is generally recommended to wait at least 1-2 hours after consuming an edible before deciding to take more, as the effects can take longer to onset and can be more intense than other forms of consumption.
Here are some signs that can indicate that edibles have kicked in:
- Changes in perception: You may start to feel alterations in your senses, such as intensified colors, sounds, or smells.
- Body sensations: You may feel a sense of relaxation, warmth, or tingling sensations throughout your body.
- Changes in mood: You may experience changes in your mood, such as feeling more euphoric, giggly, or relaxed.
- Increased appetite: You may feel hungry or experience cravings for specific types of food.
- Dry mouth: Edibles can cause dry mouth or cottonmouth, which can make you feel thirsty.
- Time distortion: You may perceive time differently, with minutes feeling like hours.
It’s important to note that the effects of edibles can be unpredictable and vary from person to person, and they can last for several hours. It’s always a good idea to start with a low dose and wait at least two hours before consuming more to avoid overconsumption and unwanted effects.
How To Recover From Edibles
Consuming too many edibles or taking a higher dosage than you’re accustomed to can result in unwanted effects that can make you feel uncomfortable or anxious. Here are five ways to help you recover from edibles:
- Hydrate: One of the most common side effects of edibles is dry mouth or cottonmouth. Drinking plenty of water or other hydrating fluids can help alleviate this symptom and help your body recover. It can also help flush out any remaining THC in your system. Aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water throughout the day, and avoid beverages that can dehydrate you, such as alcohol or caffeine.
- Eat or drink something non-infused: Consuming non-infused food or drinks can help reduce the effects of edibles. Eating something with a high content of sugar, like candy or a soda, can also help regulate the effects. Try to stick to foods that are easy to digest, such as crackers or toast, and avoid fatty or greasy foods that can further slow down your digestive system.
- Rest: If you’re feeling uncomfortable or anxious, find a quiet and safe place to rest. Try to relax and breathe deeply to help calm your nerves. You can also listen to calming music or a guided meditation to help you relax. Avoid any activities that require concentration or coordination, as the effects of edibles can impair your ability to perform these tasks.
- Take a shower or bath: Taking a shower or bath can help you relax and feel more comfortable. It can also help you feel refreshed and clean, which can boost your mood and help you recover faster. Try adding some Epsom salts or essential oils to your bath to help soothe sore muscles and promote relaxation.
- Seek medical attention: If you’re experiencing severe or concerning symptoms, such as rapid heartbeat, trouble breathing, or intense nausea and vomiting, seek medical attention immediately. These symptoms can be signs of a more serious condition and should be addressed by a medical professional.
In summary, recovering from edibles involves taking care of your body and mind. Hydrating, consuming non-infused food, resting, taking a shower, and seeking medical attention if necessary are all important steps in helping your body recover from the effects of edibles. Remember to start with a low dose in the future and wait at least two hours before consuming more to avoid overconsumption and unwanted effects.