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Here, we’ll explore some top tips to ensure that your edible experience is as enjoyable and efficacious as possible.
Cannabis “edibles” are products designed for oral consumption. They can come in many forms – drinks, tinctures, or pastries. The common thread is that they contain cannabis compounds called cannabinoids – THC, CBD, CBG, or others.
One of the most important things to understand about edibles is that they produce potentially drastically different physiological and psychological effects than smoked or vaporized cannabis.
Here are the key differences between smoked and ingested cannabis:
The reason for these different effects is that ingested cannabinoids are metabolized through the liver while smoked/vaped cannabinoids pass into the blood directly through the lungs.
Here are a few pro tips for an enjoyable and safe edible experience:
You might have heard horror stories regarding accidental over-consumption of edibles. In this 2006 viral clip, for example, a Michigan cop produced homemade brownies with his wife, believed he was dying, and called 911.
This very real episode (the officer resigned shortly thereafter) demonstrates two key points:
It’s important to remember that no one has ever died from cannabis consumption, whether smoked or eaten. Nonetheless, eating too much of any THC edible at once can cause extreme discomfort and disorientation.
Because CBD doesn’t produce any psychoactive effects, there’s no risk of such negative psychological experiences. Cannabis products that contain more than 0.3% Delta-9 THC, in any event, are currently illegal in Georgia and at the federal level. Delta-8 THC, however, is fully legal.
Regardless of the type of cannabis edible, always carefully follow the instructions, read the warning labels, and know any potential risks of adverse events beforehand, so that you can better anticipate and avoid them.
We’re your local cannabis experts, in your corner to help you have a safe, enjoyable, and effective edible experience. Contact us to learn more about edible safety and best consumption practices.