THC edibles are a popular and easy way to consume THC, whether it’s for recreational or for medicinal purposes, but how do they differ from CBD edibles?
One of the wonderful things about the cannabis plant is that it’s an all-natural, non-toxic solution for a myriad of health benefits that is safe for our bodies. Much like harnessing the therapeutic power of Cannabidiol (CBD) products, we can use THC to do wonders in lieu of prescription drugs and therapies.
Difference between CBD vs. THC Edibles
The main difference between CBD and THC edibles are the cannabinoids they contain. CBD edibles are derived from hemp, and contain high amounts of cannabidiol (CBD), some with trace amounts of THC, while THC edibles can be derived from marijuana or hemp, and contain higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Both CBD and THC are derived from the cannabis plant, and they both work by communicating with our endocannabinoid system receptors naturally found in our bodies.
Delta-9 THC works by activating specific receptors in the brain involved with memory, appetite, visual and auditory perception, coordination, and much more. Research suggests that it can be used to support sleep quality, physical discomfort, balance, and overall mood. Similarly, to CBD, Delta-9 THC interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is known for regulating your body’s natural balance or homeostasis. Delta-9 THC (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the primary cannabinoid in marijuana plants, accounting for up to 25% of the plant’s weight but it also presents in low concentrations in hemp plants. The Delta-9 THC in our products is 100% hemp-derived.
THC binds with our CB1 and CB2 receptors, and it is generally the chemical that causes the typical euphoric feelings associated with marijuana. CBD instead helps regulate the interaction between receptors and cannabinoids, and it can often hamper the effects of THC by not allowing it to communicate with certain receptors.
While most people seek the mind-altering effects and body relaxation benefits of THC, CBD can be beneficial on its own as well, promoting a state of relaxation and may help to alleviate discomfort, boost mood, ease anxious feelings, and more.
Lastly, THC and CBD differ in the methods in which they are consumed. THC is traditionally smoked, vaporized, or digested through edibles, such as gummies and candies, whereas CBD has been added to a variety of wellness and skincare products, such as oil extracts, topicals, beverages and edibles.
What Does THC Feel Like?
The high from using THC products can vary a lot from one person to the next. Factors such as dose, tolerance, metabolism, and strain can all dramatically alter the experience. While under the effects of THC, you may feel euphoria, relaxation, increased motivation, a feeling of wakefulness, giddiness, hunger, or creativity. The THC high can feel very calming and relaxing, but if too much is consumed it can also trigger anxiety and paranoia. The best way to ensure your experience remains positive is to avoid using too much THC and only use it in a place you feel comfortable and safe. Many people use THC to help stimulate the creative thought process and relax the mind after a stressful day of work.
How Much Should I consume?
You can always eat more, but you can’t eat less. Do not exceed 1 serving within a 6-hour period until you better understand your preferred dose. If you’re new to THC, we recommend starting with ½ to 1 gummy.
It is important to know and take only the correct dosage for you personally. Because every individual is different, there is no “standard” dosage of THC edibles that will work for everyone. In addition to your personal tolerance level for THC and how your liver processes it, the effects can also depend on if you’d had a meal high in fats. Your weight is luckily not an issue like it is when dosing other chemicals.
Most recommendations start at 2.5-5mg. If you are new to cannabis, you will want to start with the smaller dosage and work your way up; otherwise, you may feel unpleasant or overwhelming symptoms. Luckily, there is no lethal dose of THC edibles — the effects will simply fade over time.
You should keep in mind that the effects of THC edibles can last anywhere from 6-12 hours, so it’s important to schedule your life accordingly and avoid certain tasks and situations, such as driving a motor vehicle.
By eating an edible, you can safely (and discreetly) consume THC and experience its full effects without exposing yourself to carcinogens found when burning plants. Edibles also require no tools or supplies — a pipe, rolling papers, lighters, etc. are not needed — and are easy to take.
Edibles are available in several food and beverage products, ranging from candies and gummies to ready-to-drink beverages.
Rather than a near-immediate “high” from smoking THC, the “high” of edibles comes on much more slowly and over time. Many people forget they have even eaten an edible until they start noticing its effects.
Whatever your reason for choosing to imbibe in THC edibles, you can experience a range of benefits, just take it low and slow as you can always take more and can’t consume less. With so many options available on the market, make sure you find quality THC edibles from a reputable brand that are made with all-natural ingredients and are free from artificial colors and flavors.