Let’s talk about Medibles. That is edible medical marijuana. Some of the advantages to consuming cannabis by eating are no smoke, longer lasting, and some prefer to dose with food. Summit offers brownies, chocolate chip cookies, canna crispies, fruit juices, lollipops, hard candy and gummies. On Saturday we offer a “Chef’s Special” Cookie. Dosage ranges from 10mg to 50mg. However, you can make your own. Enjoy muffins, pizza, hummus, soups, sauces, salad dressings. The possibilities are endless.
What about the process of digesting cannabis? When eaten, cannabinoids are processed through the liver. While in the liver delta-9 THC (psychoactive ingredient) is metabolized into 11-hydrox THC. This compound is more potent and is longer lasting. Therefore, the effects of digested THC can be unexpectedly overwhelming and uncomfortable. The processing of THC in the liver prolongs the effects of 11-hydroxy THC by slowly releasing it into the blood stream. Other variables also affect the psychoactive effects such as food and drink already in the system, an individual’s metabolism, as well as the dosing amount and serving size. It is so important to start low and go slow! Because the THC is metabolized through the liver, onset can be 30 minutes to 2 hours. Effects of the THC or duration can last for up to eight hours. It so important to reiterate, start low and be patient when ingesting edibles.
Edibles may have a strong effect on an individual however, compared to inhaling cannabis a lesser amount of cannabinoids are delivered into the bloodstream. Only 10 to 20 percent of THC gets delivered into the blood stream compared to 50 to 60 percent of inhaled THC.That’s THC. What about CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient of cannabis? The caustic enzymes, stomach acid, and bile from the digestive tract destroy the CBD cannabis cannabinoid. This is the reason that we do not offer edibles such as gummies, brownies, and cookies with CBD. The effect would be placebo only. CBD edibles are bioavailable sublingually, in hard candy and lollipops. CBD and all of its health benefits get absorbed into the bloodstream through the sublingual artery under the tongue. Since no enzymes break down the CBD compound, because it does not go through the digestive system, CBD reaches the bloodstream faster. We offer CBD 40mg hard candy and 20mg lollipops, in a variety of flavors!
If you are contemplating using edibles, we recommend to start with a small dose such as 5 to 10mg to determine how it affects you. Remember everyone’s metabolism is different, so onset can be an hour or more for effects to begin. We suggest wait at least two hours before consuming more. Then effects can last one to eight hours. Dosing edibles can be difficult to predict. You will have a better experience if edibles are consumed in small serving size. Through trial and error, you will find the dose that is best for you!