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How Do Cannabis Edibles Affect Your Brain?

Edibles are considered one of the more acceptable was to intake cannabis these days. With so many different products available on the market, becoming a cannabis user is easier than ever. However, becoming a responsible user requires some understanding with how the effects of cannabis work on the body and the brain.

Effects on the Body and Brain

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active ingredient in cannabis that triggers a response from the user once it starts affecting his or her brain. This usually comes in the form of a relaxing effect while increasing a person’s audio and visual input.

When cannabis is ingested as an edible, THC makes its way through the digestive system until it is processed by the liver. From here, it is converted into a metabolite (11-hydroxy-THC) that crosses the blood brain barrier and starts to affect the user.

Because of the way cannabis is ingested in this manner, it has a more holistic effect on the body and can give longer and more intense highs. It roughly takes an hour before the THC starts to take effect and can last for several hours.

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Types of Edibles

When talking about cannabis edibles, they can be broadly categorized into two groups. The effects of each differ due to the way that they are ingested and processed by the body.

Gastrointestinal Edibles
This is the form that most people will recognize almost immediately. These are basically edibles that have been infused with cannabis, instead of simply coating with them. Edibles that have been cooked or baked with cannabis also fall under this group. You’ll commonly see these edibles as cakes, cookies, pretzels, or biscuits.

These edibles are particularly popular with cannabis users due to ease in which they can be made. And because they are made either by cooking or by baking, the final product can be done in a variety of ways that can suit to whatever flavor you wish. Even novice cannabis users can easily make their own edible treats, as long as they follow the correct recipe.

Just like any type of food, cannabis edibles are still reliant on a person’s metabolism. Depending on your metabolism, the time before you feel the effects kick in can take anywhere from one hour to as long as three hours.

Sublingual Edibles
Compared to gastrointestinal edibles, this type of edible cannabis releases cannabinoids directly into the mouth. Cannabinoids are absorbed through the tongue tissue and enter the bloodstream from here. It’s no surprise, therefore, that sublingual edibles commonly take the form of lollipops and hard candies.

Since it has to pass through an extra layer before the body can processes it, the effects may take longer to manifest using this delivery method. Despite this, the efficiency of the edible can still be adjusted through the infusion technique used to create the consumable product. However, once the THC is processed by the liver, the effects are comparable to any other edible.

Aside from these two categories, there are also “hybrid” edibles that work on both fronts – triggering cannabinoids as soon as you put them in your mouth and working once again as soon as it’s processed by your digestive system. These usually take the form of drinks or softer consumables like chocolate or fudge.

In the end, how you want to enjoy your cannabis edible is entirely up to you. If you’re looking for something laidback while doing other activities, then going for sublingual edibles can be a good way to ease yourself into the usual high. In contrast, the typical cannabis-infused baked goods are a tried and test way to feel the effects while being able to tailor it to your specific tastes. Either way, it’s always a good idea to understand how these edibles can affect you, so you can better prepare yourself and avoid any nasty complications.

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