5 most asked questions about edibles answered

Published Jan 29, 2019 02:56 p.m. ET

Edibles have been used as a healthier alternative to smoking marijuana for ages. Despite that, most places that have legalized weed have not been so lenient about the sale of edibles. Mainly because food, in general, has much higher standards in regards to how it is processed, sold, packaged, advertised and handled. With all the media hype surrounding cannabis-infused products as of late, many have questions. Here we will answer the top five questions people have about edibles.

#1 Are edibles safe, and is it possible to overdose when consuming them?

Edibles are completely safe, despite how you will find the odd headline sporting the word overdose. If you read those very same news stories, you will see that no one was physically injured in any way. Usually, the “victims” in these stories need nothing more than a long nap and maybe a snack while waiting for the effects to wear off. It is physically impossible to consume enough THC or CBD in any quantity needed to truly “overdose.”

#2 Are there any benefits to consuming marijuana-infused edibles?

There are many benefits to eating edibles. Precisely what those benefits are will vary greatly depending on the THC and CBD content. Some of the benefits to edibles are:

The Time Release Effect

Any edible you eat will be slower to take effect and will last much longer (up to 4X longer) than any other methods of consuming. This can be beneficial for those who are using CBD strictly to medicate, as well as those who are just looking for a long lasting buzz.

Higher concentrations of either CBD or THC

It is much easier to get a highly concentrated dose of THC or CBD in an edible than most other methods of ingesting.

No smell and better taste!

Many people prefer edibles for their versatility and lack of smell. Edibles can come in all shapes and sizes and are nearly indistinguishable from your average baked goods. This makes it easy to get the effects you want without attracting attention to yourself. The only stage of the process that edibles smell is when the THC or CBD is being extracted and or heated. Once put into your favorite treat, there is no stereotypical “pot smell.” Most edibles start with a cannabutter or canna-oil base making it easy to add to all your favorite recipes.

#3 How do you know how much THC or CBD you are consuming?

This one depends on what you are consuming. If you are eating a purchased edible than the exact percentage of THC and CBD should be written on the label. The majority of larger companies currently producing edibles test THC and CBD at least three different times in the process. The first testing examines the bud before processing. The second test is conducted after the extraction process. The third test is of the end product. If a label says 120mg of THC than it is easy to divide by portions. If you had a brownie with 120mg and divided it by four, then each piece would contain 30mg.

If you are making your own butter as a base for your edibles, then it is a little more difficult as the exact percentage would depend on several things. You extract the desired components, from the bud of your choice. The serving size of the recipe and how it is added to waters the numbers down further. There is no real way to say precisely how concentrated your cannabutter is or will be without testing it. There are some generalizations used to guess, but none will be precise. What you can do is make some, and try it in small doses until you know the average effects to expect when using it. From there it should be reasonably easy to replicate the desired effect, in a much more controlled way.

#4 How do the effects of eating an edible compare to smoking?

Well, that depends on what you're asking. Smoking is what most people are familiar with. It is the easiest method of consumption and offers a faster acting result. However, edibles are much slower and longer lasting. Often taking up to 4 hours to fully feel the effects. Smoking anything is unhealthy no matter how you slice it. Edibles have much less risk of some of the downsides of smoking like lung irritation, coughing, smell, and the fact it removes the requirement of having paraphernalia on hand.

#5 What activities should be avoided while under the influence of an edible?

The College of Family Physicians of Canada recommends refraining from operating any motor vehicle while under the influence and has provided a basic guideline for driving under the influence of edibles infused with cannabis. They strongly recommend waiting at least four hours after ingestion or eight hours if the person is still experiencing any euphoria. Aside from that, there isn't much you can’t do while enjoying the many benefits of edibles.

College of Family Physicians Website: http://www.ccic.net/index.php?id=254,0,0,1,0,0

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