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What Are Edibles?
The term edibles refers to any foods, candies, baked goods, or drinks that contain cannabis in some form that can be ingested, rather than smoked or vaporized. Common cannabinoids found in cannabis edibles are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD), which are responsible for producing certain effects when ingested. Edibles are often in the form of baked goods and sweets like cookies, candies, chocolate bars, or brownies.
Some people prefer their cannabis in an edible form because they don’t like inhaling the smoke and the resin that results from smoking joints. Edibles are also a popular way to administer medical marijuana in patients, particularly the elderly and children.
There are no noticeable differences in the health benefits of marijuana that is smoked or vaporized as opposed to medical marijuana in an edible form. The high a person receives from edibles depends on how much THC the edibles contain. For more on THC check out this post by leafly.ca here.
What happens in the liver when you eat edibles?
You may be wondering: if oral THC is less bioavailable, why are edibles so strong? Unlike inhaled cannabis, oral cannabis is processed by the liver before it produces psychoactive effects. In the liver, THC is broken down into a smaller metabolite called 11-hydroxy-THC.
Incidentally, 11-hydroxy-THC may actually be more bioavailable than THC. The theory goes that once the edibles compounds are released into the blood stream, 11-hydroxy-THC more readily crosses what is known as the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier is a membrane of cells that makes up an extra selective filter for blood that passes into the brain.
Back in the 1970s, researchers treated 20 male volunteers with either THC or 11-hydroxy-THC. The researchers observed that while both compounds produced similar psychoactive effects, the 11-hydroxy-THC kicked in more quickly. Estimates suggest that the liver transforms 100% of oral THC into it’s more potent metabolite. For more on the ingestion of cannabis CLICK HERE.
First Time Edibles Consumer
First-time medical marijuana patients typically start with a low dose of 10-15mg active cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc.). However, only you can determine what dosage works best for you. This often requires experimenting with different potencies and types of edibles. It’s going to be a learning process through trial and error. Keep a journal and record your experiences with different products, dosages, and try to distinguish what ratio of cannabinoids in what dosage yields the maximum therapeutic effect for your specific ailment / health condition.