The underlying motif of edibles is well known. Edibles are frequently portrayed in the media as being downright hallucinogenic. When people use the drug, they often can’t move or look like they’re on hallucinogens. However, the high from edibles is undeniably distinct from that of smoking or vaping—but why? What may set this experience apart from conventional smoking practices?
Is it really as strong as what the movies say?
The effects of cannabis can be significantly changed depending on how they affect your brain and how you eat them. Cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, can change depending on how cannabis is grown, processed, and used. Then, the manner in which you ingest the plant is crucial. And when it comes to potency, edibles have even more factors to take into account. When it comes to getting your THC fix, edibles are in a class by themselves, with the flower being the most important aspect. If you know what edibles are, you can better understand why they give you a different high. The changes that happen when cannabis is turned into a food can then be looked at. Let’s explore what makes edibles unique.
Why Edibles Offer a Unique High: What Exactly Is an Edible?
Understanding what an edible is will help cut down on any confusing internet material. So let’s get started with the fundamentals. An edible is what? Any food item that has marijuana added to it is considered an edible in the cannabis community. Baked items like brownies and cookies or even hard candies like lollipops can be used as these. When it comes to foods, sweets are not the only option, although gummies like those of Delta Munchies are very common. In the world of edibles, savory flavors are also welcome, and snacks like chips, jerky, and even crackers can be found on store shelves. Finding food that doesn’t have a THC-edible version is more challenging than finding one that does.
The idea of edibles is not new either. As early as 2737 BCE, medical marijuana tea was documented as being utilized. The Chinese Emperor Shen Neng said that the tea could help with gout, rheumatism, malaria, and even forgetfulness. Cannabis edibles gained popularity throughout Europe after their early history in India and finally entered the media. The edible brownie became the unifying image of marijuana-infused cuisine in 1968 because of the movie “I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!” As the laws around THC and marijuana became more flexible and lenient, more edible combinations became available to the general public.
How Are Edibles Metabolized?
With edibles, the method of absorption is what truly sets them apart. THC is introduced into the bloodstream immediately and unaltered when smoked. THC will therefore quickly begin to take effect and have a predictable trip period. The speed and powerful high are caused by lung absorption. The process for edibles is very different. After THC is ingested, edibles must go through the entire digestive system. As a result, compared to smoking or vaping, the process takes a lot longer to start. But there are other differences as well.
The liver processes THC that has passed through the digestive tract. However, the voyage doesn’t finish there. The liver is where Delta-9 THC undergoes a transformation into 11-hydroxy-THC. The brain responds differently, and the overall high lasts longer as a result of this conversion between cannabis molecules. Then, through the use of a number of enzymes, our bodies metabolize THC. These particular enzymes in our systems are referred to as CYP2C9 and CYP3A4. Before entering the bloodstream, THC undergoes a last transformation into 11-hydroxy-THC during metabolization.