What are edibles?
Edibles are foods and beverages infused with cannabis. Though they’ve risen in popularity recently, edibles have been around for years. Thanks to advances in infusion methods, you can find a wide selection of cannabis-infused goods. From baked goods to gummies, to cooking oil and drinks, edibles come in multiple forms and flavors!
Though edibles are gaining popularity, they have been around for years. According to Weed Maps, there is some archaeological evidence suggesting that consuming weed in foods dates back to 1000 BC. Cannabis edibles were used for several centuries in ancient China and India.
Cannabis edibles are growing in popularity and are in high demand. But why now?
You don’t have to go outside to take a smoke or have a bong, pipe, rig, or other devices on hand. Just eat one and go about your day. Because of how discrete edibles are compared to smoking, more and more people choose edibles. Many people like edibles because you don’t have to smoke them to get high, saving the lungs and not smelling up your space with weed.
Easy to Use
The benefit of consuming cannabis-infused edibles is the ability to feel the effects of cannabis without having to smoke flower or vaporize concentrates. Consuming is easy and intuitive — we all know how to eat and drink. With all kinds of infused goodies to choose from, it’s easier than ever to find an edible that works for you – and tastes good too!
It’s hard to be accurate with how much cannabis you’re intaking when smoking. For cannabis users who want a consistent cannabis experience, edibles are a perfect match. Instead of consuming cannabis via smoking, vaping, or dabbing, edibles come in premeasured dosages. Edibles coming from dispensaries are accurately dosed and the dosage clearly labeled. Because edibles are digested through the liver, the high can feel up to five times stronger and have a delayed effect compared to smoking cannabis. So be careful when dosing!
Longer Active Duration
Edible cannabis has to be digested and metabolized, which means it could take up to two hours for the high to peak, according to Leafly. The high will fade over the next three hours, give or take. Compared to the effects of smoking cannabis, which typically peaks in 10 minutes and lasts an hour or so. This is a huge benefit for anyone who takes cannabis for treating pain. There are even fast-acting edibles now, that bypass the liver and go directly into the bloodstream. Providing a faster, shorter high similar to the one experienced with smoking.
All of these factors have made edibles extremely popular today. Keep in mind that edibles may not be the right option for everyone. Sometimes a process of trial and error is needed to figure out if edibles are a good option for you.