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My cousin came to visit me recently. He lives in a non-recreational state but, like lots of Denver (and Colorado) visitors, enjoys partaking in our recreational culture while he's here. After his plane's smooth landing, we made our game plan for the first night:

  1. Hit up my local TGS
  2. Have a sesh at the house
  3. Lyft to the bars and enjoy Denver culture!

Pretty standard, right? Sure, but we didn't get to step three. Because of me. The Colorado native. The one who has legal access to recreational marijuana all the time. And why didn't we make it out of the house? Because I ate 10mg of edibles and got the worst case of couch-lock I've ever experienced. My cousin on the other hand, was primed for a night out with a whopping 100mg of thesame edibles.

Why?! Not only was I embarrassed and feeling like a bad host, but I was also confused. Why are edibles like this? Why can I smoke an entire joint to myself, but am crippled by a mere 10mg piece of chocolate? And how the heck can my cousin, with no access to recreational weed, eat 100mg and be just fine?

Without further ado, I'd like to share the findings of my research journey in case they help you:

  • When you consume cannabis, your body processes and chemically changes the compounds you are ingesting differently than when you smoke it.
    • When you smoke marijuana, the THCA in the flower rapidly decarboxylates and converts to THC (which is the psychoactive "high" we all know and love).
      • The path here is Inhale>Lungs>Bloodstream
    • TheReader's Digestversion: You can't feel THCa until heat activates (decarboxylates) it into THC, the real deal compound that makes it "work." The lungs are a one-way ticket to the bloodstream with no layovers or transfers. Thus, easy come, easy go.
  • When you eat marijuana, you are eating pre-activated (decarboxylated) THC, which thenmoves through your body slowly, undergoing additional chemical changes to 11-OH-THC.
    • The path here is Eat > Stomach > Small Intestine > Liver > Bloodstream.
    • TheReader's Digestversion: How much longer is your flight if it's full of layovers or transfersandthe route is long and windy?
  • 11-OH-THC > THC
    • Studies have shown it's more potentand feels different.
    • TheReader's Digestversion: the feeling of being on a long, windy flight full of stops is much more intense than a straightforward trip.
  • Cannabinoid content and retention when smoking flower vary, but the cannabinoid content and retention when eating edibles don't.
    • Flower has a lot of different potencies, but when you combust it, the effects are a lot more anecdotal, while edibles inevitably require more human science and precision. 10mg pumped into a truffle will remain 10mg so long as the process is consistent.
    • TheReader's Digestversion: With joints you light it all and your body just kind of rides it out. With edibles, the red tape of your entire biology has to meddle with and micro-manage your experience. Think of all the different steps and extra people you have to talk to when your flight is more complicated.

Still, none of this could explain why my cousin could eat 100mg and be fine while my comparatively measly 10mg locked me down. That's because there are atonof extra variables that also come into play with edibles, including but not limited to:

  • Age
  • Diet
  • Weight
  • Experience
  • Metabolism
  • Tolerance
  • Shoe Size (just kidding… maybe)

So, the moral of the story is that now you and I know why edibles are different (and more powerful) than smoking flower. So take your time, waiting at least an hour before repeating a dose, and always take a Lyft (unless someone's willing to sacrifice a delicious gummy or truffle).

I'll be sticking with my favoritepalm bluntswhen I pregame.

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Quick Fact

Curing Cannabis Plants- This very gradual drying process involves moderate humidity and mild temperatures, preserving the dimensionality of cannabis plants and the consumption experience. The better and more gradual the curing process, the more sophisticated a grower's yields become, including preserved aromas, flavors, and potency.