What Are Edibles?
While many of us may be unfamiliar with or new to Cannabis-infused edibles and beverages, they have been around since the existence of the plant itself. Evidence has shown that even ancient civilizations used cannabis within their food and drink, steeping it with tea, alcohol and various edible oils. Edibles are essentially any food or beverage product that has been infused with cannabinoids. Cannabis-infused food products are quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis due to the appeal of being able to ingest cannabis without smoking.
Edibles VS Smoking
It can be argued that eating cannabis-infused edibles are a safer and healthier alternative to smoking cannabis because they negate the harsh effects on the body associated with smoking combustible materials or inhaling smoke into the lungs. First time edible-eaters will realize that there are many differences between eating edibles vs smoking cannabis. Both methods of consuming cannabis differ in the way that they enter your bloodstream. Edibles are slowly absorbed into your bloodstream through your digestive system. Over time, the THC or other various cannabinoids within your edibles are broken down by your liver. The breaking down of cannabinoids by the liver results in the conversion of THC into 11-hydroxy-THC, which is more concentrated. The result of eating edibles, or the high more specifically, tends to be a lot more intense and longer lasting compared to smoking.