by Dr. Girivar Singhal
Though there are untold varieties of edibles available on the market today, they can all be split into three basic categories: those geared towards gastrointestinal uptake (digested through stomach), those geared towards oral uptake (through saliva), and a few that fit into a hybrid category that targets both. The most common edibles are geared towards gastrointestinal absorption. Any edible where the cannabinoids are absorbed through the stomach, like a brownie, cookie, cashew bar, or crepe falls into this category. These edibles tend to take longer to activate within the body (sometimes as long as two hours), but produce a longer-lasting effect (up to eight hours of relief). On the flipside, edibles geared towards oral uptake can affect a patient almost immediately, but tend to wear off faster (within two to three hours). Edibles that you hold in your mouth for an extended period of time like suckers, lozenges, or tincture, fall into this category. Some items, such as drinks and chocolates fall into a hybrid category, because they are designed to be absorbed in both the mouth and the stomach. These edibles are a middle ground between oral and intestinal absorption, offering fast-acting relief (patients usually feel this type of edible within a half hour) that can last for four hours or more.
Eating cannabis produces a much more medicinal “body” high with an enhanced ability to relieve pain, increase appetite, decrease body aches, headaches and induce a deep restful sleep. If fact the “knockout” effects felt from consuming THC can be so strong the consequences of a marijuana “overdose” aren’t very serious. You might become uneasy and feel anxious possibly even have slight hallucinations but not to worry. No one has ever died from a marijuana overdose and the more you take the quicker you’ll find yourself in a deep, restful sleep with no hangover when you awake.
Dr. Girivar Singhal for The Marijuana Company