When people hear the words, “cannabis-infused food”, it usually sends them running for the hills. Mostly in fear of undertaking a “bad trip”, but truth be told, ingesting cannabis as an intoxicant has been a human custom for well over 4,000 years. With no documented case of human overdose or cannabis poisoning, in all of written history, it is definitely the safest intoxicant to consume for humans; 21 and up.
While hunter-gatherers may have munched on wild hemp (leaves, flowers, seeds) during long travels, written records of its use as an intoxicant have been extensively documented. The Charaka Samhita considered the oldest Ayurvedic text, dates back approximately 4000 B.C, describes the cannabis plant or, “Indrasana”, as the joy-giver, and is one of five key botanicals in Ayurveda. In fact, the Pen Ts’ao Ching, written 4,700 years ago, was the first written record exclaiming the use of this powerful plant. The literature described an elixir made of Cannabis leaves and flowers effective for treating Melancholia.
Nothing says cannabis edibles like a good old fashion pot brownie. Truly classic! A great choice for its discretion, as there’s nothing suspicious about eating a treat like a brownie, cookie, a cake, or a snack like popcorn. That’s right! Popcorn. Plus, so many other infused food products are out there on the market. So there’s something out there for everyone. Because Cannabis is fat soluble it is easily extracted into fats like butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, grape seed oil, and many other fatty cooking oils. These cannabis-infused cooking oils are so versatile, you can use them in just about any of your favorite foods and dishes.
That’s right. Cannabis soda pop is now a thing! With modern advancements in cannabis extraction technology, distilled cannabis oil, known as distillate, is being infused in all kinds of beverage products across the legalized landscape. From soda to tea, to coffee (ground & pods), juices, and even adult drink mixes. As cannabis is fat soluble and not sugar or carbohydrate soluble, this is actually a very tricky process to get right to ensure that the cannabis oils mix and infuse evenly within liquids containing no lipids (fats).
Tinctures are amazing as they are more than a simple cannabis-infused edible. These products are extremely versatile can be used orally (like an edible), sublingually (under the tongue) for a much quicker onset than ingesting the product like an edible, and topically for use much like pain relief cream.
Edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. The reaction time may vary based on whether a user has ingested an edible on an empty stomach (faster absorption) vs. a full stomach (slower absorption), or consuming a solid (slower absorption) vs. liquid edible (faster absorption).
DISCLAIMER***Ingesting activated cannabis, aka edibles, is the easiest uptake method to overdo. Simply, because of the (sometimes) long waiting time, it can take for edibles to “kick in”
The reason so many customers continue to overindulge in cannabis edibles is simple. They’re s0 tasty! Ultimately this overindulging can cause undesirable effects, like a heightened sense of paranoia. NO THANKS. So start small- ingesting 2.5 to 5 mg ONLY. Increase/decrease dose after 24 hours if the desired effects have not been met.
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