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Different Kinds of Edibles
There are three basic kinds of edible marijuana — those digested through the stomach (gastrointestinal uptake edibles), those digested through saliva (oral uptake edibles) and a third category that is a hybrid of both.
The most common medical marijuana recipes are designed for gastrointestinal uptake edibles, which include cookies and brownies, as well as ice cream, popcorn and many others. Edibles typically take longer to experience the effects, but they also provide longer periods of relief than smoking.
Oral uptake edibles include lozenges, lollipops and others. You will experience effects almost immediately, but these effects tend to fade faster than with edibles. Hybrid items such as chocolate bars and drinks offer fast-acting relief that will typically last for about four hours or so.
Benefits of Medical Marijuana Recipes
Medical marijuana edibles usually provide a different sort of high than smoking from a joint, a bong or a pipe. Smoking converts non-psychoactive THC into a form of psychoactive THC known as delta-9. Eating marijuana converts inactive THC into delta-11 THC, which produces different effects. The high from smoking marijuana occurs almost immediately — anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. It could take up to 90 minutes to experience effects from edibles. The high you get from smoking usually lasts for three hours at the most, while the high from edibles can last more than twice as long. Also, the tired feeling you get when you come off the high is much less noticeable when you consume edibles.
Edible marijuana provides longer lasting pain relief, and it also tends to provide relief to more concentrated areas of the body. The effects of smoked marijuana tend to be more distributed through the body.
It can be difficult to administer the correct dose of marijuana when you eat it — mainly because you won’t feel the effects immediately. Try a small portion of an edible when you have an empty stomach, wait about an hour, and then determine whether you want to eat more. Also, remember to be careful if you’re making your own edible, so you make sure you get the right dosage.
We offer many delicious medical cannabis recipes on MarijuanaDoctors.com, and we provide extensive resources to make sure you are making and enjoying them responsibly. Talk to your doctor to determine the types of edibles that will be most appropriate to address the symptoms you’re experiencing.