Cannabis Edibles 101 – Some Key Information You Need to Know!

The Basics

When smoking or vaping cannabis, compounds called “cannabinoids” and “terpenes” enter your bloodstream through your lungs. These compounds work together to create the effects you experience when smoking. Terpenes are the compounds that give cannabis its aroma and taste, while cannabinoids unlock the different types of effects you feel in your body and mind. When you eat an edible, cannabinoids are metabolized by the liver instead of the lungs, delivering a delayed, more intense effect than smoking.

What Is a Cannabis Edible?

It is a food or drink item that contains THC and other compounds, usually from marijuana flower, oil, or concentrates. Unlike smoking or vaping, edibles don’t negatively impact the respiratory system. They are ideal for consumers with lung or breathing issues or don’t want to partake in smoking or vaping activities.

Consumption is as easy as eating or drinking the THC-infused product. There is now an impressive range of cannabis edible products, including:

  • Brownies
  • Muffins
  • Chocolate
  • Gummies
  • Cakes
  • Syrup
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

Some brands have even created products such as THC coconut butter, cannabutter, olive oil, and flour!

How Long Does It Take for a Cannabis Edible to Kick In?

Newcomers to marijuana edibles should proceed with caution. It is a very different experience from smoking or vaping, which tend to show effects within minutes. In general, edibles take between 5 and 60 minutes to affect. However, for some users, it can take as long as 120 minutes. In reality, there is no way to tell until you try an edible.

Also, products such as THC gum, lozenges, and lollipops work faster because they are absorbed sublingually. Chewable products such as brownies, gummies, and cookies take longer because they travel through the digestive system.

Once you consume an edible, it is absorbed through the gut, and the liver metabolizes the compounds. The remaining THC and metabolites circulate through your heart and eventually reach the brain.

Factors that impact the onset time of marijuana edibles include:

  • Gender
  • Bodyweight
  • Cannabis tolerance
  • Diet
  • Metabolism

A common mistake when using an edible is to become impatient and take a second dose soon after the first. This process could lead to several side effects, which we outline later on. If you are a first-time edibles user, wait up to 24 hours after consumption before trying another dose.

The ABC’s of THC and CBD

THC and CBD do different things, so be sure to check what’s in your edible. THC is widely known for its psychoactive effects, whereas CBD is known for calming effects that skip the psychoactive high. Not all edibles have both, so be sure to check the package to see what you’re signing up for!

#GETEVEN with Even Edibles

At Even, we believe that eating edibles shouldn’t feel like spinning a roulette wheel. That’s why we use pure, high potency THC distillate and go the extra mile to effectively homogenize our treats to help limit variability in dosing. No fluff or gimmicks here, just the everyday, credible edible you know and love.