A Very Brief History of Marijuana
Marijuana was commonly used medicinally in ancient China and India for thousands of years before it became introduced to western medicine in the early 19th century.
Edible applications were prescribed to treat a variety of conditions such as chronic pain and digestive disorders as well as to relieve stress and induce euphoria among other health benefits.
Edible marijuana products have continued to prove their worth over the centuries and are used to treat these symptoms in the form of legally prescribed products in counties such as Italy, Spain, and Germany.
Edibles can be food or drink items made with cannabis or cannabis oils, commonly used as an alternative to smoking or vaping. If you choose to consume edibles, it is always recommended to start with a low dosage and to slowly increase the quantity over time. Cannabis edibles can be more potent than other smoking or vaping and may affect you for a longer period of time.
Until edibles are tried for the first time, you will not be aware of what reaction your body might have. The feeling of getting high is often delayed and many make the mistake of ingesting additional edibles before the initial dose is felt. Identical to smoking or vaping, edibles still contain tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC which is the chemical that causes the feeling of being high.
THC is the compound responsible for the psychoactive properties of marijuana products and induces feelings of relaxation. CBD, also a compound found in marijuana, has pain and anxiety-reducing properties which is what makes it a popular natural treatment for these ailments.
These products may reduce pain and muscle spasms while enhancing sleep quality and improve symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Clinically proven to reduce nausea and stomach pain while helping to induce appetite, edibles actually allow for you to consume it prior to experiencing these ailments.
It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to start feeling the effects of edibles once taken, with the full properties not becoming apparent until around 4 hours later.
Effects can last up to 12 hours depending on the amount you ingested as well as the individual’s height, weight, and gender. As manufacturing methods vary depending on the producer, edibles can vary greatly in their potency. After eating an edible, THC is absorbed into the bloodstream through the digestive tract and passes through the liver before entering general circulation.
Since the absorption process takes place more slowly than if you inhale it, the effects felt after consuming will often be more be gradual but will last much longer.
Each time you increased your dose, it is recommended to wait at least 1.5 hours before you take more.
Consuming a beverage brewed with marijuana will result in an onset of effects similar to that of solid edibles, most commonly appearing in the form of cookies, candies, and brownies.
Edibles rich in cannabinoid may be a better fit if you need to remain clear-headed while going about your day.
What are the health risks?
Studies have shown that edibles can have several negative short term effects including lack of concentration, drowsiness and the inability to react quickly. The positive aspects of edible marijuana products have shown that there is no harmful effect on lung health or pose any cancer risk, making edible marijuana products a better alternative to smoking.
Eating weed is not harsh on the lungs and heart which is a life-threatening risk of smoking. Weed smokes irritate the lungs and can damage airways and the air sacs in the lungs.
This leaves the user at risk of developing various types of lung-related diseases like bronchitis, emphysema, and cancer.
Inhaling hot smoke causes inflammation of the respiratory system and has a harsher influence on marijuana smokers as they generally inhale more deeply into their lungs and hold the smoke there longer.
What are the health benefits?
When the leaves are left raw and unaged, the cannabinoid in them is THCA which is not psychoactive at all. THCA only becomes THC after its aged or exposed to heat.
By cooking marijuana, the amount of harmful carcinogens going into the lungs is eliminated completely.
Cannabis leaves are a rich source of vitamins, fiber, and minerals such as vitamin c, iron, and calcium which once ingested, have the same positive effects on the body as eating healthy foods and taking multivitamins. Cannabis is high in fibre and antioxidants.
Cannabis edibles offer privacy and secrecy for users who can eat cannabis-infused food items and beverages in public and no one would know the difference.
Edibles generally do not have conspicuous harsh smells and come in all shapes and sizes, sold in packaging that will not raise suspicion.
Many consumers prefer edibles as the longer-lasting effects do not require continued dosing as associated with vaping and smoking.
The body buzz affects the entire body, making it more lively and more enjoyably consistent. People enjoy edibles as they can take a larger controlled amount which would be of assistance to those who do not find the continued relief apparent in smokers.
When smoking, there is usually a progression of the high where it ramps up to its peak quickly and then tapers back off until it fades completely.
With edibles, the high comes on more gradually over a period of a few hours then lasts for an extended period of time before dropping off.
The gradual and consistent effect is ideal for those with anxiety and depression because it supports their mood all day rather than having to experience a constant roller coaster ride of emotions.
Edibles can act as an anti-depressant and are also the easiest way to medicate chronic pain, resulting in higher levels of tranquility and comfort.