We all are familiar with the popularity of cannabis. It is now legal for medical purposes in many states, while in some states it is completely legal (both for medical and recreational purposes). You can get a medical marijuana card after 420 doctors evaluate your condition. This recommendation card allows you to buy medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary for your medical condition. Medical cannabis can be used for various conditions, such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, migraines, cancer, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, and many more.
Now, there are many ways in which you can consume cannabis, depending upon your preference or medical condition. Many cannabis enthusiasts stick to the classic way of consuming cannabis, that is, smoking it. But, there are many people who do not like smoking cannabis, they choose other methods. Most of the time, such people prefer eating cannabis-infused edibles. Whether you are consuming cannabis for your medical condition or just to enjoy the psychoactive effects of it, cannabis edibles can be a great option.
Over the years, the cannabis industry has grown a lot. And due to this, you can find various cannabis products on the market. Also, the efforts of legalizing cannabis have brought it to a national stage. Studies show that cannabis is way less addictive than alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, and many other drugs. Due to these reasons, you can enjoy a lot of cannabis edibles, as there are a lot of options available on the market. However, there are many myths related to cannabis edibles that you should avoid. Let’s look at some of them.
1. There are no short term benefits of cannabis edibles
Eating cannabis edibles is just one of the many ways of consuming cannabis. Your body will still receive the cannabinoids like THC and CBD, and terpenes like myrcene and limonene. Hence, you will get all the benefits of cannabis. Wheather you smoke cannabis flower and concentrates, or eat cannabis edibles, you will get all the potential short-term benefits of cannabis. It can help you in managing stress, loss of appetite, insomnia, and more.
In fact, these short-term effects can be greater if you ingest cannabis. So, capsules, tinctures, and cannabis edibles can be a better option if you are looking for short-term benefits.
2. Cannabis edibles do not offer lesser psychoactive effects than smoking
I will start this one with the fact, edibles also offer psychoactive effects. And these effects can be more potent than smoking. So, the truth is somewhat opposite to this myth. The thing with cannabis edibles is that when you eat them, your body absorbs the components of cannabis (mainly THC and CBD) in different proportions. And then deliver different effects. This is why cannabis edibles have a huge fan following. Although, some people might need a higher dose than usual to feel effects, because of the same reason. Well if you ask me, edibles can sometimes even deliver twice the high, that too for a longer period than smoking.
While it all depends on every individual, most of the users agree that the effects of cannabis edibles take time to kick in but last longer than the traditional ways of consuming cannabis.
3. Cannabis metabolizes quickly when ingested
When you eat edibles, they go through your digestive tract. The stomach and intestinal tracts absorb the cannabinoids slowly. Once the cannabis is metabolized, there is a production of 11-hydroxy-THC. This is a powerful compound that crosses the blood-brain barrier easily. And that’s how you feel the effects of cannabis when you eat cannabis edibles.
Now, this process looks a bit lengthy, because it is. That’s why even a low dose of THC takes around 5-6 hours to get thoroughly metabolized in your body. While on the other hand, this happens within 3 to 10 minutes when you smoke cannabis. Also, the effects of cannabis edibles depend upon various factors. These are your age, gender, fitness, weight, and fitness.
4. Eating cannabis edibles can lead to a fatal overdose
Well, it’s true that there are more reports of cannabis edible overdose than the other ways of consuming cannabis. And I explained the reason in the previous point – edibles take longer to metabolize in the body. And due to this, many users make the mistake of taking more doses before the first dose even gets the chance to set in. And after consuming too many cannabis edibles, you can experience the feeling of discomfort, uneasiness, and unpleasantness.
But wait, there’s more! Even when you feel this discomfort due to the larger dose of cannabis edible, there is no chance for you to fatally overdose. Also, this effect of discomfort and unwellness fades out after a couple of hours. The most you will experience after eating too many cannabis edibles is slowed movement, red eyes, excessive drowsiness, a skewed sense of time, paranoia, dry mouth, and anxiety.
5. You must consume cannabis edibles as dessert for the best results
Hold up now! You will get your desired results in all forms of cannabis edibles. Whether you are eating brownies, hummus, vegan stir-fries, pasta sauce, pastries, canna-oil, beverages like sodas and lemonade, chocolate bars, or canna-butter; you will get the same results.
If your cannabis has gone through the decarboxylation process, your body will easily absorb the cannabinoids from cannabis edibles. The reason that cannabis desserts are so famous is that they can easily cover the grassy flavor of this magical herb. And if you are a bit creative, you can make any dish a cannabis-infused treat.
6. You will get addicted to cannabis edibles
Cannabis is widely used as an alternative to other opioids. Opioids can be fatal and addictive, just like alcohol. Whether you smoke your herb or eat cannabis edibles, this fact is not going to change. In fact, cannabis edibles can help people recover from a hazardous addiction like tobacco.