One of the most important things to understand about eating cannabis edibles, versus smoking it, is that edibles are much slower to deliver their pleasant effects. But wow, when they finally arrive about one to two hours later, the THC in an edible delivers a buzz that’s much stronger and longer lasting than the same amount of THC in cannabis that is smoked. Having an edible does not automatically deliver a rush of a “I-better-sit-down-right-now” buzz. Just simply, that gram-for-gram, an edible delivers a much stronger expression of that buzz effect than smoking it. So if there is only a little cannabis in the edible, Having an edible does not automatically deliver a rush of a “I-better-sit-down-right-now” buzz. Just simply, that gram-for-gram, an edible delivers a much stronger expression of that buzz effect than smoking it. then you will only get a mild buzz. Where if you smoked that same amount, you might hardly feel anything at all.
“How can that be?” you ask.
When you ingest a cannabis edible, your system starts to send all that chemistry to your liver. The liver, in turn, converts the THC into something like a “Turbo-THC.” Not only is it much stronger but once your liver begins to release this turbo-charged THC into your system, it’s absorbed by the brain much faster and then lasts much longer than if you were to ingest the same amount by smoking it.
This process varies depending on the individual. But typically, the tummy-to-liver-to-brain process takes about one to two hours to begin. And if the edible had a normal light dose of cannabinoids, the buzz or medical relief it produces can last six to eight hours. you must exercise a lot of caution that, like a coffee drinker, once you become accustomed to the effects of cannabis, you will need to gradually increase your dose over time to continue feeling the same level of effect. If you take that step and start increasing your dose, it’s a warning flag that you are getting too comfortable with cannabis. Just put it away for a month or so, and give yourself a break.