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What are cannabis edibles?

What does an edible high feel like?

The active ingredient in cannabis edibles is tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC, which typically comes from a cannabis plant. Cannabis infused fats like butter and oil can be used to make anything from brownies to gummies to nut butters. Anything you can make with butter, you can make with cannabis infused butter.

How long does it take to feel the effect of edibles?

How long it takes to feel the effects of edibles can depend on a variety of things because they’re absorbed through your bloodstream, but typically it takes around two to three hours before you start feeling the full effects of what you’ve taken.

How long do edibles last?

The effects of edibles can last for a long time, sometimes upwards of six hours because they take so long to absorb and it can vary so much. That’s why it’s really important to wait at least two hours before you consume any more. 

How is the THC from edibles absorbed into the body?

When you eat a THC infused edible, it’s absorbed through your digestive tract and the walls of your intestines. That’s why it can vary so much for how long it takes to feel the full effects.

Let’s say you have a THC infused brownie at the end of a large meal. This would take longer than if it were on an empty stomach. This is where the biggest difference from smoking comes in, because when you smoke, it’s immediately absorbed into your bloodstream. When you eat edibles, it can take a greatly varying amount of time, sometimes hours before it’s absorbed into your bloodstream. 

How can you know how much to take? 

Knowing how much to take is kind of based on personal preference and trial and error. Some provinces require dispensaries to label how much is in their products but similar to supplements, it can be hard to know exactly what you’re getting in the absence of strict regulation.

What happens if you eat too much cannabis?

Because it takes so long for you to feel the full effects of edibles, it is possible to overindulge. Common symptoms of overindulging include feeling panicky, elevated heart rate and anxiety. These symptoms should subside when the THC exits your bloodstream, but in some cases that can take upwards of 12 hours. 

That’s why it’s important to always start small and wait until you feel the full effect until you have any more. If you try an edible and the effects are too strong for your liking, try buying a lower dose or just take less next time! 

Are cannabis edibles healthy?

If you’re not over indulging, there can be some healthy effects of cannabis edibles. They can help you feel relaxed, especially if you’re experiencing high stress. Some research has even found they might have anti inflammatory and antioxidant effects. 

How long do edibles last? 

Maybe you have wondered how long edibles last if you buy them at the dispensary and then bring them home but don’t eat them right away. The answer is basically that they last however long the food itself lasts so it depends on the edible! The absence or presence of cannabis in the food has nothing to do with its longevity, so it will last however long that particular food lasts. 

Hard candies may last months unless you keep them in the heat, whereas a cupcake may only be fresh for a few days. It really depends on the edible itself. You can also freeze your edibles for longer storage.

What does an edible high feel like?

The first part of an edible high is the part where it is easiest to overindulge. You’ve just eaten a dose you feel comfortable taking, but you don’t feel anything. So you wait, but still nothing – and this is when most people make the mistake of taking more or even doubling their original dose. 

Usually after the second dose, the first will kick in and you will feel comfortable, happy, relaxed, and overall pleasant. However, if you took too much, after this golden period there will be a longer term period of stress as you feel “too high.” So make sure you always wait at least two hours before eating more cannabis products when you’re taking edibles. 

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