EdiblesIn years past when people were buying marijuana from a local dealer who had little or zero understanding of the science behind the product he was selling, an acceptance of ignorance was pretty much universal. However, now that marijuana is rapidly becoming a heavily regulated and completely legal product used in some states for medical or recreational purposes, there is a lot of work to be done educating consumers and demystifying the nature of cannabis in all the forms it now comes to consumers.

Chief among these tasks is that of explaining the fundamental difference between ingesting edible marijuana products through your digestive system, as compared to inhaling smoke or vapor from marijuana buds via your cardio-pulmonary system. It should surprise no one that eating marijuana and having it digested in your stomach will lead to a much slower, more gradual, longer and in some cases more intense effect than inhaling the smoke or vapor into your lungs and having it rapidly enter your bloodstream. Strangely, many people completely overlook these simple facts and unfortunately some (including New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd) have been overcome by their own ignorance as they ingested far more marijuana than any experienced enthusiast would ever have attempted. In Ms. Dowd’s case she claims that she was hallucinating so strongly for eight hours that she “barely made it from the desk to the bed” in her hotel room during a visit to Colorado.

It is worth pointing out, that if Ms. Dowd attempted to drink 20 gallons of whole milk in one sitting she would also have felt pretty lousy as a result. Simply put, her much publicized problem stemmed from the quantity of the marijuana she ingested and her naiveté about proper usage of edibles.

Unlike smoking or vaping marijuana which has a nearly immediate impact, edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 full hours for a person to feel their entire effect. As a novice this is important information that any legal marijuana dispensary or recreational weed store should make very clear to you at the time of purchase. The blindspot of some new marijuana consumers comes into view when they ingest one ‘piece’ of edible marijuana and do not feel an immediate high. Impatience should be avoided, because taking more before the first dose ‘kicks in’ can lead to a much stronger sensation than the one you wanted to achieve. As with anything you put in your body for the first time, always start very small, delay any increase in dosage and make sure that your increases are incremental. Once you become more experienced with a particular product and the way it affects your own body chemistry it becomes very easy to establish optimal portions.

Sensible regulations now require weed stores to print the TCH Percentage of any edible on a per serving basis alongside other facts published on the product packaging. We applaud these regulations because information is power and buyers have every right to know exactly what they are about to imbibe, ingest or inhale.

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