The range of effects that cannabis produces is as wide as it varies and depends on each individual. What can get someone completely high may not affect another person. The interaction between substance, mind, body, and environment of the consumer plays a role called “context and circumstances.”
That being said, ingesting cannabis can produce very different effects than when smoked as a joint. Edibles tend to affect the body more, sometimes throwing you onto the sofa and not pulling yourself out. Another major difference is the time and duration of the effects to appear. A brownie can release its effects 30 to 90 minutes after ingestion, and the high will be considerably longer lasting than that of a joint or a spray session.
Although edibles are often considered to be a safe, discreet, and effective way to achieve a therapeutic and/or recreational effect without presenting potential risks from smoking, few studies have assessed how ingestion differs from other methods of consumption in terms of therapeutic efficacy, the subjectivity of effects and safety.
Many consumers want an immediate effect, whether they are using cannabis as an intoxicant or for therapeutic purposes. The absorption process is delayed when cannabis is ingested, yet a minimum of preparation and a few precautions will allow you to achieve the desired effects.
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How Do Edibles Work?
Rather, the real question is, how do cannabinoids work? The body metabolizes cannabis in different ways, depending on the method of consumption. However, the effects remain similar, and only the intensity and duration may vary.
When you smoke cannabis, the smoke that contains cannabinoids, including THC, enters your lungs directly to reach the millions of air cells that line their walls. These absorb the cannabinoids and release them into the bloodstream. Within seconds, they reach the brain so you’ll feel the effects instantly.
When you consume an edible product, two scenarios are possible.
- If the cannabinoids are administered in a more or less liquid solution, they take the direct route into the bloodstream. Although the psychoactivity is slow to be felt (30 to 90 minutes), the high is long-lasting and is at its maximum between 2 to 4 hours after ingestion.
- If the product ingested is not of the melting type, your body must first digest it before assimilating it. In other words, the cannabinoids have to get to the small intestine/liver.
Once zhere, the edible fats will be metabolized and eventually end up in the bloodstream to provide your entire body with the nutrients and cannabinoids they contain.