What Are Edibles?
Edibles are a discreet and convenient way to consume cannabis, particularly for those who prefer not to smoke. Made by infusing food with cannabis, some find that edibles offer a high that is more calm and relaxing than smoking but the effects of edibles will differ from person to person. Unlike smoking cannabis, where cannabinoids enter the body through the lungs, edibles introduce cannabinoids through the gastrointestinal tract. The result is a high that is more intense and lasts much longer.
Rich and dense products such as brownies or chocolate also take longer to digest, which means it will take longer for you to feel high. On the other hand, infused drinks and tinctures will begin to work much faster. Weight, metabolism, gender and eating habits also play a role in how fast you’ll feel the effect from edibles. It is recommended that edibles be taken with food and not on an empty stomach, or the effect will intensify.
State laws require that total milligrams of THC and number of servings be included on packages. In Washington, one serving constitutes up to 10 milligrams of THC. Signs of an edibles overdose include paranoia, lack of coordination and hallucinations. But, if you feel like you’ve gone overboard on edibles, don’t panic. Remember, symptoms usually subside within a few hours. Stay calm, stay hydrated and eat something non-infused, the feeling will pass.