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Why are Edibles More Potent than Smoking?

Anyone that consumes cannabis knows that there’s more than one way to do it. Consumers have their choice these days between smoking it, vaping it, using a concentrate, or even eating it. Of course, the concept of edibles is not new. People in the 60s and beforehand were experimenting with things like pot brownies and pot butter. 

Today though, the edibles scene has exploded. Gone are the days of only being offered baked goods. Now you can find edibles in lollipop form, gummy bears, salad dressings, and more. If you’re one that’s interested in eating your weed rather than smoking it, there is an endless amount of edibles on the market. And you can make them in your own home, too!

Why are edibles popular? 

There’s a reason edibles are so popular today. In fact, there are many.

weed jelliesThe first and foremost for many consumers is the fact that they are so much more potent than vaping or smoking a joint. The composition of cannabis actually changes when it is has to pass through the digestive system. This provides a much stronger, more potent high.

Another reason eating marijuana is so attractive to some is because it’s healthier. When eating weed, there are none of the toxic chemicals that are present when pot is combusted. These chemicals, many of them carcinogens, are produced when marijuana is ignited. Without that ignition, there are no carcinogens that contribute to diseases such as cancer.

Edibles are also sometimes less aromatic than smoking weed, but it depends on how they are obtained. Those purchased from a dispensary certainly will not carry the same odor. Those made at home though, are often enough to drive others out of the house.  

How cannabis makes you stoned 

So, it’s clear that eating marijuana makes it much more potent than smoking it. But with either method, how does cannabis actually make you stoned? To understand why edibles are so potent, you must first understand these mechanics.

cannabis ediblesWhile smoking a joint,  you’ll inhale THC deep into your lungs. This cannabinoid will then travel to the heart, which will pump it into your bloodstream, which takes it to the brain. This happens within just a few minutes of taking a puff. You then start to feel stoned and soon experience many side effects. These can include getting the munchies, wanting to stay on the couch, or having red eyes.

This process only occurs when you smoke a joint though, or rip from a bong. When you eat marijuana, a much different process takes place. This is what makes edibles so potent.

What makes edibles so potent? 

When eating cannabis, you’ll still consume THC. However, it’s the path that THC takes that makes the high so much more potent. When edibles are consumed, that THC must first go through the digestive tract. Here, the THC is absorbed and eventually transferred to the liver.

In the liver, that THC is converted into 11-hydroxy-THC. This cannabinoid may be lesser-known, but it is a powerhouse. 11-hydroxy-THC is the sole reason edibles are so much stronger than other consumption methods. Once the liver metabolizes all of the 11-hydroxy-THC, it then travels to the brain where is breaks the blood-brain barrier and produces the psychoactive effect.

Not only is the high that comes with edibles more intense, it also lasts longer than it would if you smoked or vaped your weed. Edibles are known to have lasting effects for six to eight hours.

Homemade Weed Brownies Recipe 

If you think of pot brownies when you think of edibles, you’re not alone. This is such a classic recipe and everyone should know how to whip up a quick batch. Dont worry, this recipe has only a few ingredients and doesnt take a lot of time at all.  

weed brownies recipe

To make this recipe youll need: 

  • 1 to 3 grams of marijuana, depending on the potency you like 
  • Vegetable oil 
  • A box of brownie mix 
  • Any other ingredients listed on the box (some require eggs and milk, some just water) 

To make the brownies: 

  • Preheat the oven to its lowest setting (between 170 degrees and 200 degrees Fahrenheit). 
  • Grind up your marijuana and place it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  
  • Place in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, to decarb the weed.  
  • Remove from the oven.  
  • Preheat oven to temperature indicated on brownie mix box.  
  • Place the required amount of vegetable oil into a small saucepan set over medium heat.  
  • Add your decarbed marijuana to the oil.  
  • Stir and allow marijuana to sit in heated oil for about 20 minutes.  
  • Remove oil-infused marijuana from heat. Place a mesh sieve over a bowl and strain oil to remove marijuana pieces. Discard the leftover marijuana.
  • Make brownies using the oil as indicated on the box.
  • Enjoy your fresh, homemade edibles!

Conclusion 

There are so many reasons edibles are becoming increasingly popular today. They’re more discreet, more potent, and more convenient. Once you try your hand at making your own right from the comfort of your own home, you’ll soon find this is your preferred method of consumption, too!

 

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