CBD vs THC Edibles: Pros & Cons

April 1, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The way people use marijuana has changed a lot over the last decade or two, and these changes helped the cannabis market explode.

For years, people smoked marijuana, and the only edibles were the ones you baked in your own kitchen. Today, you can find CBD and THC edibles for sale, changing the cannabis industry forever.

The Difference Between CBD and THC

CBD edibles and THC edibles are made with marijuana, yet the two are significantly different. THC edibles contain the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana, making you feel high. CBD is a chemical found in marijuana but doesn’t contain a psychoactive ingredient; therefore, you won’t feel high. People use THC edibles to get the “body high” from edibles, which is different from the high you get from smoking marijuana. CBD doesn’t cause you to feel high and is often used to treat pain, insomnia, and other medical conditions.

Most Common Types of Edibles

You can find CBD and THC edibles in a variety of forms, including:

  • Gummies: Gummies are the most popular edible, and you can use gummy bears, gummy worms, and Sour Patch Kids.

  • Chocolate: Chocolate edibles are also common. Some chocolate bars are separated into squares, making it easy to measure your dosage, and some are full chocolate bars, and you would need to guess the correct dosage.

  • Beverages: THC beverages are unique because they are used differently than other edibles. You consume the drink slowly, and it kicks in smoothly and lasts longer. THC-infused alcoholic beverages have become popular in bars and restaurants in states where recreational marijuana use is legal.

  • Other forms: THC edibles come in more forms, such as cookies and brownies. You can also buy hard candy, mint, and gum edibles that contain THC.

Benefits of THC Edibles

Eating edibles has benefits that you can’t get when you smoke marijuana, including:

  • Convenience: Edibles are more convenient than smoking because you can pop an edible in your mouth anywhere, and if you smoke, you have to go outside. Edibles are a good option if you have no convenient place to smoke.

  • Different, long-lasting high: As mentioned above, edibles’ high is different from the high you get from smoking. When you eat edibles, you can feel the effects throughout your entire body, which you don’t get from smoking. In addition, the effects of THC edibles last longer. Smoking marijuana lasts an hour or two, and edibles last up to five hours. The edibles metabolize in the gut, which makes them last longer.

  • Discretion: You can’t be discrete when smoking marijuana, and it leaves a strong smell in your hair and clothes after smoking. You can pop an edible in your mouth anytime, and there is no odor, so nobody knows.

Edible Dosages

CBD is used for therapeutic purposes, and the dosage varies from person to person. You should start with 5 milligrams and increase the dosage by up to 30 milligrams, choosing what is best for you. If you try starting with a dosage that is too high for you, side effects can occur, including:

  • Headaches

  • Tiredness

  • Diarrhea

  • Change in appetite

The THC edible dosage can range from one to 100 milligrams. If you rarely use THC, you should start with two to five milligrams. If you are a moderate user, starting with 10 milligrams is recommended. If you are a moderate user and want a stronger effect, you can start with 20 to 30 milligrams.

If you eat too much, you can experience scary side effects, including:

  • Motor and cognitive function impairment

  • Anxiety

  • Paranoia

  • Rapid heart rate

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Hallucinations

It’s essential to remember that CBD and THC can take up to 90 minutes to kick in, and you should avoid taking a second dose until you’ve waited 90 minutes to avoid eating too much.

Edibles Consumption Tips: THC Edibles on an Empty vs. Full Stomach

If you eat edibles on an empty stomach, it will hit you faster and harder. It will take longer to feel the effects on a full stomach, and the effects will be milder. In addition, the high lasts longer on an empty stomach.

CBD and THC edibles have become very popular over the last decade. CBD is therapeutic and can help you feel better. Many people who use THC edibles have never smoked marijuana and really love the edibles. There are many benefits of edibles, and the only downside is the side effects you can experience. 

If you have the right dosage, edibles can be helpful and fun. 

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