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Cannabis-Infused Edibles FAQs

What Are Edibles?

Edibles are foods or beverages that contain cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and/or cannabidiol, or CBD. These food products are designed for people to enjoy recreationally and include anything from cookies and candy to coffee. Some may also be used to treat certain medical conditions. 

How Do Edibles Work?

Edibles allow cannabis to enter the body through the digestive system instead of inhalation. This method might be favored by nonsmokers or those who require a higher dosage safely and in a controlled manner. It may take longer to feel the effects when obtaining cannabis through this process, but the active ingredients remain in your system for much longer than when you smoke it. 

The active ingredient has a psychoactive effect on your nervous system, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain. This can lead to feelings of euphoria and intense relaxation because the brain releases a large amount of dopamine. 

How Long Do Edible Highs Last? 

The high from edibles lasts between 1 and 6 hours. Some experience the effects of edibles for several hours after it's left the system, similar to a hangover after drinking alcohol. It's important to match the dosage to your tolerance level, as the dosage also determines how long your edible high lasts. 

How Do the Effects Differ Compared to Smoking Cannabis? 

Smoking cannabis delivers THC to the bloodstream more quickly than edibles, as it travels through the lungs rather than the digestive system. This also means that the effects wear off much faster. In terms of side effects, edibles and smoking may have unpleasant side effects, such as elevated heart rate and paranoia. But smoking carries the extra risk of potential respiratory issues. 

What Are the Benefits of Consuming Edibles?

The medical benefits of cannabis use have been taught as part of Eastern medical practices for centuries. Some people find relief from pain and digestive issues, while others may use edible cannabis products to release feelings of euphoria during festivals and special events.

 While Western society has enjoyed the euphoric effect of marijuana since the mid-1900s, it's only in the last few decades that more research has gone into the health benefits of cannabis use. Some of the benefits that may be associated with cannabis use include: 

  • Increased appetite: Cannabis is known to stimulate poor appetite, which is helpful to those experiencing weight loss due to medical treatments or conditions. 

  • Alleviation of anxiety: CBD is a non-psychedelic component of the cannabis plant and has shown success in treating anxiety due to its calming properties. It may also be useful for those with sleep disorders, such as insomnia, as the component slows the nervous system down, which encourages sleep. 

  • Alleviation of unpleasant symptoms: Cannabis has long been used to treat the side effects of cancer and cancer treatments. Some find that it reduces pain and may help manage nausea and vomiting. 

Are Edibles Right for You? 

Whether edibles are right for you depends on your intentions and needs. Consider edibles if you: 

  • Want to infuse cannabis oil into your baked goods 

  • Prefer a slow-release product where the effects can linger for several hours ​

  • Want to experience the benefits, such as pain or anxiety relief, but prefer not to smoke or vape 

  • Want to be sure of the dosage amount to better control your experience 

When you're ready to try your first edible, buy your goods from a reputable retailer to ensure you're getting a quality and regulated product. 

At Green Angels, we stock a range of delicious edibles to give you your cannabis and sugar rush all in one product. Simply place your order online, and we'll deliver it straight to your door. If you're in Richmond, we'll deliver in as little as 30 minutes. 

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