Cannabis edibles are becoming increasingly popular, and are in high demand.
Even though smoking marijuana has long-been the most common and traditional method of consuming cannabis, eating it is fast-becoming the latest trend.
However, archaeological evidence suggests consuming weed in food dates back to 1000 BC. And cannabis as an edible was used for centuries in ancient India and China before it was introduced to Western medicine in the 19th century where it has been used to treat various conditions such as digestive problems and chronic pain.
The United States saw the rise and popularity of edibles in the 1960s. Today, they are still as popular in the US and around the world due to the benefits they provide. But what exactly are cannabis edibles?
What are cannabis edibles?
Edibles are foods, drinks and recipes made with some sort of cannabis. Whether it is raw cannabis with a high THC level, hemp or CBD, all are popular to cook with. The term ‘cannabis edibles’ is used to describe any cannabis-based product that is ingested as opposed to being smoked or consumed as a vapour.
Types of cannabis edibles
There are hundreds of types of recipes and foods containing cannabis. They are normally in the form of baked goods or sweets as this can mask the earthy odour that cannabis carries. One of the most popular ways to consume cannabis is with ‘weed brownies’. Popular in films, these sweet treats are common when people suggest what to try cannabis in.
Why do people love them?
Many people prefer edibles over smoking or vaping cannabis because they don’t like to inhale smoke and deal with the health problems smoking brings. Though smoking weed is not considered dangerous, evidence shows that it is the smoke that gets inhaled into the lungs that cause the damage.
Smoking cannabis has also been linked to respiratory problems, bronchitis and sometimes impaired brain function. By eating cannabis instead, this eliminates all of these health issues and lengthens life spans.
Another great benefit of edibles is that they have proven to last longer than smoking marijuana. When smoking cannabis, it enters the bloodstream instantly, making the effects come on quickly but not last for a long time. When marijuana is eaten, the digestive system works slower by releasing cannabis over a long period of time. This is a great benefit for many people who take cannabis to treat pain.
Not only do edibles taste good, but they are also discrete. Smoking cannabis can be considered anti-social and is easily noticeable due the very distinctive odour it produces. This means that users could not smoke in public if they did not want to be noticed. When eating cannabis in your favourite food, it can be done so without others needing to know.
If you do not wish to smoke cannabis, eating it might be your best option. Cannabis edibles are a great way to consume the correct amount of weed whilst being tasty and providing great benefits. They are a popular choice for pain relief and certain conditions. But they are also popular for recreational uses as they provide a long-lasting ‘high’.
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