Cannabis connoisseurs have many options in the way they choose to experience the many benefits this beautiful plant provides. There’s smoking, vaping, dabbing, or consuming cannabis edibles. Edibles have come a long way since the days of making pot brownies, with a myriad of cannabis-infused products that can be ingested orally or sublingually.
Many Types of Cannabis Edibles
Cannabis edibles provide an alternative to smoking weed with many options of cannabis-infused goodies. Gummies are one of the most popular types of edibles on the market, although many other items rank right up there in popularity. You can still find the popular baked goods like brownies and cookies. Chocolate bars are another favorite with something for every chocolate lover, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, mint-flavored, and other options.
Powdered drink mixes and cannabis liquids are also available in a variety of flavors. You can also find cannabis tinctures, tablets, and capsules. Cannabis edible products are typically infused with cannabutter, canna oil, or cannabis extracts for liquid products.
Just like the flower form of cannabis, there are many different types of edibles that feature a particular type or strain, which may be Indica or Sativa dominant or contain desired cannabinoids and terpenes.
Decarboxylation: the Difference between Edibles and Raw Cannabis
Most people wouldn’t attempt to just eat some raw weed, and it wouldn’t get you very high even if you did. THC, or Delta 9, is the main cannabinoid most of us know and love that gives you a high feeling. THC comes from the main cannabinoid THCA, which does not convert into THC without exposure to heat. The same goes for CBD, which comes from cannabidiolic acid, CBDA, and will not convert into CBD without heat exposure.
Decarboxylation is the process of heating the cannabis to approximately 220°F for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to make this conversion process possible. Decarboxylation is necessary to convert THCA and activate THC, as well as converting CBDA into CBD.
Health Benefits of Edibles
Smoking marijuana produces many of the same toxins that are found in cigarette smoke, such as hydrogen cyanide, ammonia, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that are known to increase the risk of disease and cause lung damage. Smoking cannabis has been associated with bronchitis and lung inflammation. Edibles provide a safer alternative to smoking and have not been shown to impact the risk of cancer or negatively affect lung health.
Cannabis edibles can provide the same health benefits as smoking marijuana and can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Many people use edibles recreationally or as part of a medicinal marijuana treatment plan to address various conditions such as:
- Poor appetite and weight loss
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Terminal illnesses
- Muscle spasms and seizures
- Chronic pain, including arthritis, fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain
Cannabis edibles provide relief to these conditions and many others with a safer alternative to smoking. Edibles are high in antioxidants which protect the body from free radicals, which are destructive, highly reactive molecules that contribute to severe illness and cancer. Antioxidants help shield the body against illness and anxiety.
For people experiencing drastic weight loss and loss of appetite, often due to cancer treatments or other conditions, cannabis edibles help to improve appetite and sense of taste, which results in increased food and protein consumption. Edibles are often the key for many people to enjoy an improved quality of life.
Edibles will affect each person differently based on their age, weight, level of tolerance, and health conditions. They can generally take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes up to a couple of hours to take full effect and are, therefore, not as quick-acting as smoking a joint to relieve a quick onset of nausea.
The Seed Cellar offers a huge selection of the highest quality cannabis seeds available, with more than 3000 strains from over 80 breeders. We are unique from other seed banks in that we also operate a local store in Michigan with a friendly and knowledgeable staff committed to helping you find your favorite strain. Call us with any questions, and keep on enjoying the benefits of this wondrous plant in whatever form works best for you.