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THC is Absorbed Differently: When ingesting an edible, the THC molecule is processed differently than it is via inhalation. The edible is metabolized by the liver, which will convert delta-9 THC to another compound called 11-hydroxy-THC. This compound passes through the blood brain barrier easily, more rapidly, and is significantly more psychoactive. Inhaling cannabis doesn’t convert delta-9 THC to 11-hydroxy-THC, because it isn’t metabolized by the liver. Instead, the THC is absorbed into your blood plasma and goes straight to your brain resulting in a quicker onset, but shorter lived, high. Dosing and Duration: For some, edibles are intimidating. And if not properly dosed, the first experience can be an uncomfortable one. Dosing seems to be the last puzzle piece for a person to figure out, as each individual reacts differently to the same amount of THC. The most effective way to find your ideal dose is to start low and go slow. For beginners, it is recommended to start with 5 to 10mg of THC, then wait at least an hour to gauge the effects. If you feel you need more, consume 5 to 10mg more, wait another hour or two, repeat as needed until you reach the desired effect. Edibles are a healthy alternative for those looking for long-lasting pain relief, you won’t need to medicate as often, and the effects can last up to 6-10 hours depending on how much is consumed. When it comes to inhaling, it is much easier to regulate the

amount of THC going through your system. Just start with a couple puffs and go from there. I always recommend before consuming an edible, take into consideration what you have eaten prior. If you are consuming on an empty stomach, the edible with set in faster and the high will be much more intense compared to eating on a full stomach. What to do if you do too much? Here are a few ways to counteract too much THC if the edible you took is kicking in way too hard: 1. Keep Calm- Remember that everything is going to be alright. Find a quiet place to relax and ride it out. 2. Smell or chew on a few pepper-

corns. Your paranoia will lighten. Cannabis is full of terpenes, one particular terpene, beta-caryophyllene is said to instantly ease paranoia. Beta-caryophyllene is not only found in cannabis, but also is responsible for the spiciness in blackpepper/peppercorns. 3. Have some CBD on hand. CBD is perfect to balance and soften the euphoric feelings brought on by THC. Best to have CBD in tincture or inhaling form. You will want the effects to act quickly. 4. Eat something. Diluting the edible with food can help decrease the high. Just remember to start small and go slow and you should be just fine… and might even have the best experience of your life.

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The New Smoker Magazine issue: No.7  

This time we bring you The Edibles Issue! It has all you need to know about edibles and more: from Top Tips, to the Science of Edibles, to T...

The New Smoker Magazine issue: No.7  

This time we bring you The Edibles Issue! It has all you need to know about edibles and more: from Top Tips, to the Science of Edibles, to T...

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