Have you ever re-upped on some fire cannabis bud on a Friday only to smoke through the whole batch by Sunday? The whole situation could leave you feeling burned. Why not get more out of your cannabis by turning it into edibles?
Cannabis-infused foods and beverages are a fantastic way to stretch your weed budget. Read on to find out why and learn how you can make the most out of your marijuana.
Edibles Offer More Bang For Your Buck
If you’re looking to get nice and toasted for an extended period of time, cannabis edibles really are your best bet. It’s science! When you combust cannabis via smoking or vaping, the heat turns the THC-A in the raw bud into Delta-9-THC, which is the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for getting you high. However, when you eat edibles, the cannabinoids are activated in the digestive system. Enzymes in the liver convert the THC to 11-hydroxy-THC, which tends to be far more powerful than good old Delta-9.
This explains why people tend to get higher from eating edibles than simply smoking a joint.
The Effects of Edibles Last Longer
Cannabis edibles take longer to kick in than smoking or vaping, but the effects tend to stick around for a considerably longer time. When inhaled, cannabinoids enter the bloodstream via the lungs with onset occurring within minutes. On average, the “high” will last around three to four hours.
As we mentioned above, edibles are processed via the liver. Depending on metabolism, the effects will kick in on average in 60-90 minutes but could last for up to eight hours. Eating THC-infused foods eliminate the constant need to re-pack the bowl, since you’ll stay lit all day.
Crafting Canna-Butter Stretches the Dosage
When you break down the numbers, converting cannabis flower into infused butter will actually increase the number of times you’ll be able to get high. Sound crazy? Stick with us.
If you have seven grams of top-shelf cannabis bud testing out at 20% THC, you can smoke 14 smaller half-gram joints or seven bigger one-gram joints. When we crunched the numbers using this handy edibles dosage calculator, using that same amount of cannabis to make canna-butter will equate to 140 10mg doses of edibles (10mg is the recommended serving size in most states where cannabis is legal). 14 sessions or 140? Seems like a no brainer!
Don’t Toss that Spent Material or Biomass – Make Edibles!
Canna-butter or oil doesn’t only have to be made with cured flower – trim, shake, leaves, and stems also have THC content (little as it may be). So if you grow your own, make sure to save all that biomass!
Additionally, vaporized cannabis can be utilized in the budder process. While it contains less active ingredients than fresh flower, something is better than nothing. Start tossing spent bud from a dry herb vaporizer (such as the Pax or Volcano) into an airtight container to save for your next baking marathon and get faded all over again!
Cannabis Edibles – Stay High and Prosper
When it comes to consuming cannabis, edibles are one of the most efficient ways to achieve your desired results. The highs tend to last longer and are more powerful all around, making edibles ideal for people on a budget or people looking to get blasted. But as always, it’s important with edibles to start low and go slow with your dosage, especially since effects take longer to kick in. Now go forth and get the most from your weed!