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Drink Your Cannabis: The Best Products for Coffee, Tea, Soda & More…

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Now that edibles are becoming a primary way to consume cannabis, the market of available products has been spiraling out of control. It’s not just about brownies anymore, no the offerings today encompass way more than a little chocolate and flower mixed with your marijuana. These days, it’s all about gummies, chocolates, sucking candy…and drinks. Yup, in this day and age, it is now possible to drink your cannabis.

There are a million edible cannabis products on the market. You can drink your cannabis, eat it, or smoke it. Some products have CBD only, some have delta-9 THC, and some are with delta-8 THC. If you’re not yet familiar with delta-8 THC, its an alternate version of THC that produces a more clear-headed high, and doesn’t cause the same anxiety as delta-9. This makes it preferable for many people, maybe even you. Give it a shot with our great delta-8 THC deals to find out for yourself.

Cannabis edibles in history

Though it might seem like a new invention, eating cannabis to gain effects from it, is not a recently started activity. Some of the oldest available records date back to as early as 1,500 BC in China, where cannabis tea was consumed. In these texts, writing was done in the past tense, leading researchers to question if the practice was going on even longer. Around about 1,000 BC, cannabis is mentioned in many texts coming out of Hindu culture, where the cannabis drink ‘bhang’ became – and remains – popular.

In terms of the edibles we know and love today, the modern practice of consuming cannabis by extracting compounds from it and putting them in food, gained popularity in 1954 when Alice B. Toklas, the life partner of American author Gertrude Stein, published a cookbook that contained a recipe for brownies that she made a lot (though it wasn’t technically a recipe she created herself). The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook is still available for purchase today, and still has a recipe for ‘Haschisch Fudge’, though the recipe explicitly calls for ground cannabis, not hash, and the final product, while often referred to as a brownie, isn’t exactly that.

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What really popularized the brownies wasn’t the cookbook itself, but a movie put out in 1968 by Peter Sellers, called I Love You Alice B. Toklas. The movie features an uptight lawyer who likes the pot brownies, and helped launch the ‘pot brownie’ as a principal part of the 60’s counter-culture movement.

Why edibles in the first place?

What is it about edibles that make them such a popular choice? After all, they take a long time to kick in, it’s hard to know beforehand exactly what effect an individual will get each time, and the effect isn’t quite the same as smoking or vaping. Of course the latter is one of the main benefits – it might not feel exactly the same, but it doesn’t come with the risks of smoking and vaping either. However, there’s more to it than that.

For one thing, edibles are technically way stronger than cannabis consumed in other ways. When smoking or vaping cannabis, the THCA – C22H30O4 (which is the only abundant form of THC in a cannabis flower), decarboxylates to create delta-9 THC in this chemical structure: C₂₁H₃₀O₂. In the decarboxylation process, a carboxyl group is dropped from the compound (COOH) to create the new molecule. The next question is, how do different ingestion methods effect this compound.

When this new THC is smoked or vaped, it goes straight to the lungs where the active compounds are nearly immediately transferred to the bloodstream, and then to the brain. This explains why the high is almost instantaneous when cannabis is smoked. In the brain, THC binds with CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, producing the feeling of getting high.

However when eaten, the THC goes through the digestive tract, and is then absorbed by the stomach. The active compounds are metabolized in the liver, and in that process the delta-9 THC (C₂₁H₃₀O₂) is converted to 11-hydroxy-THC (C21H30O3). This slightly altered compound is stronger than its predecessor, and lasts significantly longer, generally between 4-6+ hours, rather than the one-two from smoking. This longer process also explains why the effects take longer to feel, since the THC must go through the stomach and liver, in order to get processed into its new form. It can take anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours to really feel effects with edibles.

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Beth Edmonds