As marijuana legalization spreads throughout the US, people are curious about all aspects of cannabis. One topic that stirs up a lot of questions is edibles. What do edibles do to you, and how should you consume them for the best results?
In this blog post, we’ll explore the effects of edibles on the body and mind and provide some tips for getting the most out of your edible experience. Stay tuned!
I Ate an Edible, and I Don’t Feel Anything!
One of the most common questions I get from friends and family is about how to consume edibles properly. They’re wondering why they ate a weed cookie, got nothing out of it, then ate another one only to be hit with an intense high five minutes later. What gives? Why did one edible work while the other didn’t?
The most common mistake people make with edibles is that they don’t wait long enough to feel the effect and end up overeating. Unlike smoking or vaporizing, Edibles take a long time to take effect. Usually, if you’re eating an edible, it takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours for the high to hit you full force.
Effects of Edibles
The effects of edibles are unique because they don’t hit you immediately. It can be hard to tell when you should stop eating an edible or if you should eat more. It also takes a long time for the high to wear off, sometimes 6-8 hours after your last dose.
Your body will feel the effects of an edible long before your mind does. This is because it takes time for the THC to move through your body and get into the brain. When you eat an edible, the THC doesn’t go right into your bloodstream like smoking or vaporizing. Instead, it goes through the stomach and liver first. From there, it starts slowing down your body’s ability to move, speak, and react.
When THC enters the liver, it’s broken down into a more psychoactive substance called 11-hydroxy-THC. This more potent form of THC crosses the blood-brain barrier faster and creates a much more intense high. But because 11-hydroxy-THC takes time to form, you won’t feel the effects of an edible until around an hour after you first consume it.
For this reason, it’s best to wait at least 60-90 minutes before taking a second dose. If you don’t feel anything after that time has passed, try a little more the next time.
It’s important to note that edibles affect everyone differently, so it may take longer or shorter than an hour for you to feel the effects of an edible.
What Do Edibles Do to You FAQ
Do edibles affect your organs?
Regarding the effects of edibles on organs, most research suggests that it’s not possible to overdose on weed. However, marijuana does produce a powerful high that can be overwhelming and uncomfortable for some people.
Does getting high affect your liver?
If you have hepatitis, some doctors advise against taking edibles. For example, patients with hepatitis C who used cannabis had much more liver scarring than those who didn’t and a faster rate of liver disease progression.
What are the side effects of too many edibles?
The common side effects of eating too many edibles are nausea, anxiety, motor and cognitive impairment, delusion, drowsiness, and panic.
Concluding on What Do Edibles Do to You
It takes a little longer to feel the effects of an edible, but once it does, you’ll know. In contrast to smoking or vaporizing cannabis, where THC is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and travels from your lungs straight to your brain, eating edibles can take up to 2 hours for the psychoactive substance in marijuana (THC) to enter your body and get into the brain.
This means that when you eat an edible, the THC doesn’t go right into your bloodstream like with other consumption methods. Instead, it goes through the stomach and liver first before being broken down by 11-hydroxy-THC, which crosses the blood-brain barrier better than regular THC resulting in a more potent high!