The Benefits of Eating and Cooking THC-Infused Edibles, And Any Negative Impacts Of Eating Cannabis Edibles.
Ingesting cannabis as a medicinal product has been popular for thousands of years, and there are many known health benefits to consuming both THC and CBD. Cannabis has been used to treat anxiety, stress, depression and other mental health diseases and conditions. Physically, a cannabis treatment, including edibles, has slowed down the progression of cancer, to aid in easing chronic pain, help in weight loss or poor-appetite, and digestion disorders.
Other benefits from consuming edibles or using oral sprays and oils are the lack of inhalation that can lead to coughing, sore throat, and difficulty catching your breath – especially for those who already have lung conditions such as asthma and emphysema. Smoking joints, often without a filter, or pipes and holding the smoke within your lungs for long periods of time can seriously affect those with lung issues. Edibles erase these side effects. Joints, like cigarettes, can be full of toxins, including ammonia and hydrogen cyanide that can negatively affect smokers.
There have also been some links between smoking weed and cancer as well as brain function. Maybe our doctors weren’t lying when they said smoking cannabis killed brain cells. Studies done so far don’t see any links between the consumption of edibles and cancer/brain function, however, due to their recent legalization, not very many studies have been done to understand the long-term effects of consuming cannabis-infused edibles.
The benefits of cooking with cannabis
Cooking with cannabis has become increasingly popular, with websites and recipe books popping up every month that are fully dedicated to cooking/baking with cannabis. Most people may think of gummies or brownies when they think of THC-infused edibles, but in fact, even stews, teas, and vegetables are being created with cannabis – and not solely as a method of getting high.
Cannabis leaves, even before the heating and decarboxylation that takes place to create THC, are naturally high in vitamins, minerals, and fibre. In comparison to another leafy plant we often associate with being full of health benefits, kale, cannabis offers everything kale does in terms of vitamins and does so much more. It is considered a complete protein for all-around health. Have you thought about juicing cannabis leaves? You could and possibly should consider the other benefits that cannabis can provide other than a simple, yet enjoyable high.
The negative impacts of edibles.
As with any drugs, there can be undesired effects from consuming THC-infused edibles.
The effects of edibles, once consumed, can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours to fully kick in. Just like alcohol, each person reacts to THC and cannabis differently. It is important to understand your own reactions to THC-infused edibles before pushing your comfort levels.
Also, it can be difficult to determine the proper dosage required to achieve your desired high. Many people consume an edible, and after not noticing any immediate results, continue to eat more. After a certain amount of time, all that consumptions suddenly kicks in and can lead to stronger highs than expected and side effects, including nausea, fatigue, etc. Overconsumption can also lead to rare cases of cannabis-induced psychosis, which are delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations among other side effects.
Although consuming a moderate dose of THC-infused edibles by themselves seem to have no long-lasting effects in most people, mixing edibles with alcohol, anti-depressants, narcotics, and other drugs can create adverse reactions.
Accidental consumption of cannabis-infused edibles by children have lead to many emergencies across Canada. The Canadian Pediatric Society reported a “significant number of young children” having been treated for the consumption of edibles in the first months after legalization alone – some of which were not accidental.
THC-infused edibles are growing in popularity across Canada and are flying off shelves at First Nation dispensaries, especially at Toking Teepee. We’ve got mouth watering tasty edibles at Toking Teepee to satisfy any sweet tooth and any potency level. Take a look at our THC infused edible sweets and give us a call.