How do edibles really work?

Have you ever eaten a cannabis infused edible, and wondered why it takes a bit to start feeling the effects? In one Leafly article on edibles, a representative from @dixiebrandsofficial was quoted saying:

“different delivery systems are absorbed into the body at different rates.”

How do edibles work? What happens when you eat an edible

When you eat an infused product, it must go through the digestion process and be metabolized. It also needs to be processed by the liver, which helps convert the THC. If you’re wondering why some take longer than others, it all depends on your metabolism. Those with faster metabolisms tend to notice the effects quicker than those with slower metabolisms. Above, I mentioned that the THC converts when you eat an edible. It converts from its original psychoactive component Delta 9-THC, to 11-Hydroxy-THC, which is actually more potent.

How much more? To put it in perspective, 11 Hydroxy has often been compared to the potency of some psychedelics, reaching a range of 25%-300% stronger than THC. With such little consumer education, it is no surprise that many people feel as if they had overdosed after eating an edible. That being said, nobody has died from over consuming. Another thing I hear a lot, is that some people actually have trouble with edibles not affecting them at all. It was often thought that the reason for this could be chalked up to high tolerance, however, a study showed that people who couldn’t get high from edibles, either didn’t posses the necessary enzymes to process the 11-Hydroxy THC, or, they didn’t have enough fat in their system at the time of consumption. So if you’ve struggled with getting any effects from edibles in the past, I would suggest trying a dose after you’ve eaten a meal with good fats.

On another note! If you’re new to trying edibles, make sure you go low and slow to start, meaning low dose and don’t just jump into it. Edibles are super beneficial, but they take some getting used to, you have to find what works best for you.

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Alejandro Perez is the owner of CannaQuestions, an educational community for cannabis consumers. Find his page on Instagram @cannaquestions, or visit the official website!

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