Put your alien cookie aside for a while and read this article. Most cannalovers have a curious relationship with infused food. Some prefer ingesting over smoking almost exclusively—this way looks much simpler, more delicious, and more convenient. But do you always know what type of food is in your edible?
As the legal cannabis market is opening up more and more in the United States, edibles are becoming an extremely popular way of consuming marijuana. They come in all sorts of alluring forms, from lollipops to edible cookies to ice cream to pepperoni pizza. For many newbies, it looks more like fun than real medication. Buying medical cannabis at a dispensary, patients usually choose among sativas, indicas, and hybrids. Try the same method with marijuana-infused edibles, and you will most likely fail: the label often tells you a lot about the flavor and the aroma ignoring the information about how it can treat your condition. Thus, weed edibles remain under public suspicions for causing intense anxiety, paranoia, frank psychosis, and, as a consequence, suicides. To help you sort through all the available information, we are going to provide youwith the main facts you should know about weed edibles.
When it comes to smoking weed, the psychoactive material of the cannabis is decarboxylated, which means it transforms into smoke that goes directly into the consumer's bloodstream via his lungs. But with infused edibles, the decarboxylation happens during the extracting process, long before you eat it. Depending on how it was extracted, the chemical properties of the substance could change.
Furthermore, while eating marijuana instead of smoking it, the cannabinoids do not directly enter the bloodstream but go through “first pass metabolism," meaning they pass through the liver. This detour changes it even further.
When a patient smokes marijuana, they get more of the active compounds (THC, CBN, CBD, etc.) into their blood. And the process takes less time than eating edibles. There is also a larger variance of the effect from one patient to another based on the individual biological makeup.
Pretty clear, right? But how many people really care about it?
Many manufacturers do not always use high-quality plant materials. They just take the lower-quality ingredients and trimmings, not valuable buds, and extract with some kind of chemical solution instead. You can pull out all the compounds, but you will still end up with a very limited list of terpenoids (which provide flavor and scent), mostly just THC and CBD. Low-potency trim eliminates many cannabinoids and terpenes in the plant. Some producers of edibles even use whole buds instead of trim.
Cannabis experts tend to compare low- and high-quality cannabis edibles to cheap vodka made out of potatoes and fine Scotch made with pure grain. All that makes the marijuana oil extracted from a specific strain affect you more unexpectedly than smoking that strain. The effect of consuming cannabis depends on the purity of the material and the interactions of it with specific food.
The truth is that no one knows for sure how it works. The producers of edibles need to understand both the science of food and the science of marijuana in order to be able to bring them together to provide products that would be effective for everyone.
Scientists assert that weed acts as a catalyst with other materials, meaning that edibles are more potent than any weed component by itself. For example, some athletes mix sativa oil into their trail-mix bars, making the bars able to stimulate them and make them more enduring. Dense chocolate brownies or nutritive alien cookies you have just eaten digest longer, so the cannabis in these infused edibles takes longer to be absorbed through your small intestine and get into the bloodstream.