Edible elevation-Why thc-infused treats are taking over?

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Edibles infused with THC are exploding in popularity, taking the cannabis market by storm. What accounts for the rapid rise of marijuana edibles and their appeal to both recreational and medical users? 

Long-lasting, powerful high

When you eat an edible, THC travels through the digestive system and liver before reaching the brain. This process transforms thc edibles into a more potent compound called 11-hydroxy-THC, which produces stronger psychoactive effects. Users report the high from edibles comes on smoothly, reaches its peak 2-4 hours after ingestion, and lasts for 6-8 hours total. Smoking marijuana causes a high lasting only 2-3 hours.  The extended, powerful elevation edibles provide makes them extremely attractive to cannabis consumers seeking longer relief or euphoria.

 Discrete and odorless 

Edibles offer a way to consume THC discretely with no smell or smoke. This stealth effect appeals to those wanting to keep their cannabis use low-key. Edibles also allow for consuming cannabis in places where smoking would be inappropriate. For medical patients, odorless edibles provide relief without drawing unwanted attention or facing social stigma for smoking weed. Their discreet nature makes edibles accessible to more consumers.

Tasty treats and variety

Edibles come infused with endless delicious options like chocolates, gummies, baked goods, candy, drinks, and more. In legal markets, companies compete to create the tastiest and most unique edibles. Consumers find an ever-growing variety of infused treats catering to any preference. Who wouldn’t get excited about lifting off with a THC-laced donut, pizza, cinnamon roll, or cookie?

 Pre-measured doses 

When you smoke marijuana, it’s left up to guesswork to figure out your dose. With edibles, products clearly state the pre-measured THC content in milligrams. Having a precise, consistent dose allows consumers to accurately calibrate their high. Those new to edibles appreciate knowing exactly how much they’re taking and the ability to control their experience.

Avoid the harmful effects of smoking

Though cannabis itself may provide health benefits, smoking still negatively impacts respiratory health. Smoking leads to irritation of the throat and lungs.  Edibles present an alternative delivery method completely avoiding the harmful effects of inhaling smoke. Many people, especially medical patients, prefer this option to minimize health risks.

 Long-lasting relief

For those using cannabis to manage pain, anxiety, insomnia, and other conditions, the extended duration of edibles offers major advantages.  Relief wears off in 2-3 hours from smoking cannabis, ingesting an edible provides ongoing effects for 6-8 hours. Consumers don’t have to continually re-dose throughout the day. The long-lasting effects make edibles ideal for conditions requiring all-day or nighttime symptom management. Waking up still feeling the effects of an evening dose helps patients start their day off on the right foot.

 Discreet medical use 

Many medical marijuana patients appreciate the low-key nature of edibles. Unlike smoking cannabis or taking oils, edibles don’t publicly identify you as a marijuana user. Patients take edibles for symptom relief without drawing unwanted attention or facing stigma. Edibles allow patients to medicate while going about their regular business and social interactions.

Skye Marshall

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