When it comes to cannabis consumption, vaping or smoking has been the primary method for quite a long time. Of course, vaping isn’t the only way to consume cannabis. Nowadays, cannabis edibles are taking the cannabis industry by storm. There are several benefits of consuming cannabis edibles instead of smoking. Apart from this, there are many exciting cannabis edible products being introduced on the market every day – from flavorful candies to chocolate edibles, to cannabis-infused brews, carbonated drinkables, and savory goods – that you are potentially missing out on such amazing products by choosing vaping over edibles.
Following are some key benefits of cannabis edibles:
Healthy Alternative to Smoking
Smoking is harmful for the respiratory system whether you are smoking cigarettes, cigars, or weed. Smoking cannabis can leave four times more tar in the lungs as opposed to smoking cigarettes. Consuming edibles has none of these drawbacks as it doesn’t put any harmful carcinogens into the lungs. Cannabis edibles travel differently through the body’s system so they can actually give you a longer high as compared to smoking cannabis.
A Stronger High
The effects of edibles when consumed is different than smoking cannabis. When consumed, edibles pass through the liver without producing the psychoactive effects of THC. The THC compound is metabolized in the liver and transforms into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is more potent, stronger form of THC. This potent form of THC is then released into the bloodstream, passing through a membrane filter (the blood-brain barrier) that prevents certain substances in the blood to enter the spinal cord tissue and the brain.
THC does not digest through the liver when you vape or smoke cannabis. Which means it does not transform into the more bioavailable, smaller 11-hydroxy-THC. Instead, it goes directly to the brain. As a result, the ‘high’ you feel is much weaker as compared to when you consume cannabis edibles e.g. chocolate edibles, taffy, brownies, etc.
More Accurate Dosing
If you are a regular or long-term cannabis consumer who is looking to get mega ripped, then cannabis edibles are a recommended choice for you when it comes to dosing. This is because its quicker to consume a high-dose edible as opposed to smoking cannabis. Furthermore, edibles are also a great choice if you are looking to micro-dose. This is because even though edibles have a delayed onset time, with practice it is easier to measure the dosage in an edible form as opposed to vaping. Finding the right edible dosage may be challenging at first however and may require a little experimentation.
New Options in the Dispensary or Kitchen
The creative component is another great benefit of edibles. If you enjoy the artistry and science of baking and cooking, then edibles provide you the way to integrate cannabis into your favorite recipes. In this way, you can add a new level of psychoactive indulgence in the foods that you already love and also enjoy the medicinal advantages that you will get in the dishes that you favor and savor as a medical cannabis patient. There are many cannabis cookbooks available on the market that can help you learn how to create delicious meals and snacks in your kitchen.
On the other hand, if making your own cannabis edibles isn’t your thing, retailers and dispensaries offer an expanding list of various types of edible products for you to relish.
This is another major advantage of edibles. You can easily find all types of cannabis edibles online. Although the exact laws on cannabis are a little vague, many providers sell edibles online and ship to any corner of the world. Often, cannabis edibles are sold as “hemp-derived” products and with the acceptance of cannabis in various states, the availability of these products (both online and offline) has been increasing day-by-day.
Great for Pain Relief
As mentioned before, consuming cannabis edibles e.g. chocolate edibles, brownies, etc. will cause the consumer to experience a relatively longer and more intense high as compared to smoking. When vaping cannabis, you will generally experience a psychoactive high that lasts for about 1-2 hours. On the other hand, consuming an edible will give you a high that lasts for 4-6 hours. So, you will get pain relief for a much longer period of time. This is the reason edibles have been gaining a lot of popularity among medical cannabis patients.
All in all, if you are a cannabis lover, then it’s a great time to try out edibles and give your lungs a break.