Definition - What does Edibles mean?
The term edibles refers to any foods, candies, baked goods, or drinks that contain cannabis in some form that can be ingested, rather than smoked or vaporized. Edibles are often in the form of baked goods and sweets like cookies, candies, chocolate bars, or brownies.
Some people prefer their cannabis in an edible form because they don’t like inhaling the smoke and the resin that results from smoking joints. Edibles are also a popular way to administer medical marijuana in patients, particularly the elderly and children.
There are no noticeable differences in the health benefits of marijuana that is smoked or vaporized as opposed to medical marijuana in an edible form. The high a person receives from edibles depends on how much THC the edibles contain.
Hydrolife explains Edibles
Eating or drinking raw cannabis rarely produces much of high, so it needs to go through the process of cannabis conversion. In a nutshell, cannabis conversion kills off a carbon molecule and allows the human cannabinoid receptors to react with the pleasure-producing molecules once the cannabis is digested. To begin the cannabis conversion process in preparation of making effective edibles, one has to expose their cannabis to either a heat, fat, or alcohol source so it will have an affect once it is eaten.
To be added to edibles, cannabis must also be in form that is usable baking or cooking. Therefore, it needs to be ground up into shake flour or be infused with a butter or oil that will be more practical when cooking.
Ground marijuana can be added to coffee, meats, or just about any food item without adding much noticeable difference in taste. There are innumerable uses and recipes people can follow to make edibles out of their marijuana stash. Alternatively, edibles have become commercially available in places like dispensaries.
You have to keep in mind with edibles, however, that digestion has to take place for the edible cannabis to have any effect. In other words, you don’t get the quick pleasure that would come with inhaling or smoking. This slower process can take upwards of 40 minutes to an hour in some people, which means there is a risk of consuming too much at one time, which can have unpleasant, but not usually detrimental, effects.