Think You Know Your Edible?
07.22.20 - 4 min read
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When smoking or vaping cannabis, compounds called “cannabinoids” and “terpenes” enter your bloodstream through your lungs. These compounds work together to create the effects you experience when smoking. Terpenes are the compounds that give cannabis its aroma and taste, while cannabinoids unlock the different types of effects you feel in your body and mind. When you eat an edible, cannabinoids are metabolized by the liver instead of the lungs, delivering a delayed, more intense effect than smoking.
Most edibles are made with “distillate,” or pure THC oil, because it generally lacks taste and aroma, meaning you can avoid the intense bitterness you’ve likely tasted in homemade marijuana edibles. When cannabis plants go through the distillation process, terpenes and other cannabinoids are stripped away, leaving mostly THC behind. This begs a very important question: How can an edible be classified as “Sativa” or “Indica” when it uses oil that is absent of the terpene profiles that are commonly associated with Indica and Sativa strains? While some may add back synthetic or cannabis-derived terpenes to support these classifications, there is no research that proves our bodies are able to fully absorb terpenes when ingested. What’s more important is to know that the effects you feel across consumption methods, whether inhalable or ingestible, will likely vary, even if both fall under the same classification.
THC and CBD do different things, so be sure to check what’s in your edible. THC is widely known for its psychoactive effects, whereas CBD is known for calming effects that skip the psychoactive high. Not all edibles have both, so be sure to check the package to see what you’re signing up for!
At incredibles, we believe that eating edibles shouldn’t feel like spinning a roulette wheel. That’s why we use pure, high potency THC distillate and go the extra mile to effectively homogenize our treats to help limit variability in dosing. No fluff or gimmicks here, just the everyday, credible edible you know and love.