Guide to Use of Weed Edibles
You need to be well informed about edible consumption.
The Effects of Edibles
Because most edibles are exposed to some kind of heat during the cooking
process, many of the inactive CBDs such as THCA and CBDA, are converted
to THC, CBD, and CBN. This heating process,
known as decarboxylation, as well
as the high levels of THC found in edibles, work together to create an ideal
treatment for many disorders / health conditions including chronic pain, muscle
inflammation and spasms, autoimmune disorders, nervous system disorders,
insomnia, and nausea — provided the patient is well enough to ingest the
medication. The acid forms of THC and CBD (eg. THCA and CBDA) are highly
beneficial and provide their own medicinal benefits, so finding infused edible
products that are not completely decarboxylated is preferred.
While anyone can enjoy the benefits of edibles, patients suffering from
Crohn’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder of
the gastrointestinal (GI)
tract that affects as many as 700,000 Americans, find this method of medicating
extremely beneficial. This is because Crohn’s Disease occurs
in the GI tract, precisely where edibles distribute useful active and inactive
CBDs at the root of the problem.
Ingesting weed will
affect you different than smoking the plant. However, exactly what effect
edibles will have on you depends on several factors: the type and potency of
the edibles you are using, your tolerance, your body chemistry, and even how
much you’ve had to eat. Because the effects of eating an edible differ greatly
from the effects of smoking, many first time users are caught off guard by the
stronger potency and long-lasting effects.
Despite CBD’s anxiety-relieving properties,
many people experience a heightened sense of anxiety and paranoia when they
initially ingest an edible. This is caused by various factors, but tends to
mostly deal with fact that most people are not used to ingesting weed yet
and have feelings of uncertainty, which leads to anxiety and paranoia. This
seems to fade away the more you eat them, and get used to the effects.
When you smoke hemp you only receive a small amount of the
CBDs in each draw, although the effects will be felt instantly. This is
unlike eating edibles which tend to hit you much more slowly. In fact, edibles
take roughly 30 minutes to 1 hour to reach maximum effect, so be sure to allow
adequate time before ingesting more. Eating infused treats tends to release the
effects in waves as the CBD are processed by the stomach and digested over a 2-6 hour period.
Potential Health Risks
Edible medical weed is safe and will not cause any long-term toxicity.
However, you may want to note that although edibles companies are supposed to
operate out of commercial kitchens following all health and safety regulations,
there is no entity currently in place to assure compliance with these types of
regulations. Unfortunately, because there is no regulation system in place to
oversee edible or infused products production, patients must exercise caution
when purchasing edibles. Most states require nothing more than a commercial
cooking license to sell to a dispensary.
In addition, the quality of the hemp that is used to infuse
dispensary-bought edibles is nearly impossible to determine. Some companies use
edibles as a way to dispose of hemp that otherwise couldn’t be sold; like
buds heavily laden with spider mites or mold. Because of this, it is very
important to get your edibles from a trusted
source that lab tests their products for potency and contaminants.
The only sure-proof way to know the quality of your product is to create your
own infused edibles using our helpful Cooking with weed guides.