If you are looking for a ealthier alternative to smoking cannabis, or just want to try something new, edibles can be a great option.
Consuming marijuana can be very different to smoking it. The effects can feel different and last longer, depending on how much you take.
Medical dispensaries have a variety of doses that you can try to find the right one for you.
Here are some facts about edibles. How long does it take for edibles to kick in?
What is edible?
Eloise Thyisen is a member of the Medical Cannabis program faculty of the Pacific College of Health and Science and the current president of the American Cannabis Nurses Association. Theisen said that edibles include gummies and mints as well as tea.
People often refer to edibles that are infused with Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is more commonly known as THC. This compound in cannabis is responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effects.
According to Theisen, most studies on cannabis have focused on the effects of smoking rather than eating it. Some of the scientifically supported benefits of cannabis are:
Chronic pain relief A 2018 study involving almost 1000 people with chronic pain showed that cannabis can help relieve their pain. Participants reported that cannabis was 74.7% effective in relieving pain symptoms.
Relief for cancer patients: A 2019 study found that patients suffering from nausea and vomiting saw a 30% improvement in their symptoms after using cannabis. Patients with nausea and vomiting also reported improvements in their sleep quality, anxiety, and lack of appetite.
You’ll see that there are many different dosages when you buy edibles. Theisen suggests that you start low and work your way up if you aren’t sure where to begin. If you are new to THC, start with the lowest possible dose, like 1 milligram. Then, increase your tolerance and effects by gradually increasing the dose.
What is the shelf life of edibles?
There is a huge difference in how edibles and smoking affect you. Although you may feel high after smoking cannabis, the effects of edibles can take up to two hours to kick in.
Some people may feel an edible hit within 30 minutes of taking higher doses.
Theisen recommends that you wait at least two hours before trying THC or edibles if this is your first time. This will give you the opportunity to experience the full effects of edibles before you decide if you want more.
The effects of edibles can last for four to six hours according to Theisen. However, some people may feel the effects for as long as 12 hours. There are many factors that influence how long an edible lasts, according to Theisen.
Conditions of health
You will experience a different “peak” when you eat something.
Some people feel peak effects within 90 minutes, while others may experience peak effects for three to four hours. The dose may play a role as to the intensity and onset of peak effects,” states Theisen.
Risques associated with edibles
Edible cannabis poses the same risks as other forms of cannabis. Side effects can vary depending on the dose and are dependent upon individual. The following are possible side effects of THC consumption according to Theisen:
Heart rate increases
Memory loss in the short-term
Cannabis may not be suitable for everyone. Theisen states that anyone with severe mental illness or a family history should consult a qualified clinician before they consume cannabis.
Theisen states that long-term risks of cannabis use are not yet clear. However, some experts suggest that consistent consumption of THC may lead to:
A 2016 study found that there is a higher risk of developing addiction or substance dependence if cannabis use began in adolescence.