It’s a crapshoot with edibles. You never really know if you’ve consumed enough, because the effects don’t hit you until you’ve waited a few hours or after you’ve inhaled an entire batch of pot brownies. Brace for a bad time.
Unlike other forms of cannabis that get you high within the hour, edibles require patience, timing and the correct dosage, which is a lot to ask of someone who’s never tried them before.
A lot of people stop themselves from enjoying the perks of infused food products because of the long wait time and their unpredictability. While these challenges are adaptable and manageable, there are some ways of making edibles affect you faster.
One of the most interesting developments within the cannabis industry are fast acting edibles, which are designed to bypass the much dreaded wait time. Known as “rapid delivery,” these edibles are being developed by companies who claim that you’ll start feeling their effects within 15 to 20 minutes.
In an interview with Forbes back in 2017, Peter Barsoom, founder of cannabis company 1906, explained that his company began to make rapid delivery edibles thinking about people who didn’t have six hours to wait around for their edible to hit. This new formula allows edibles to “bypass the stomach and get into the small intestine faster,” through a process called proprietary lipid microencapsulation.
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A trick savvy consumers can try to mimic this loophole is to purchase an edible that melts — like chocolate or a mint — and to place it under their tongue. Instead of waiting for the edible to make its way down the digestive track, this sublingual method allows the THC to be quickly absorbed by the bloodstream, much like a tincture or oil, which are among the quickest way to absorb THC.
Another thing that can alter the speed in which edibles are digested is the speed of your metabolism. Although increasing this speed won’t be achieved within a short span of time, over the long run, you can work on your metabolism by consuming protein, drinking water, working out and getting plenty of sleep, which will also result in a healthier lifestyle.
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There’s a lot of perks associated with edibles, not only because you’ll stop ingesting smoke and vapor. Edible highs are strong and can be fun, especially when people learn how to manage themselves. Still, if you’ve never tried them, don’t be intimidated by the newness of edibles. In order to see for yourself how they work and if they’re the right fit for you, you’ll just have to try them out.