Ever heard of “start low and go slow” when it comes to infused treats? It’s the best mantra to follow when you’re new to the edibles market—take too much and you’ll have an unhappy high. Then again, take too little and you won’t feel anything at all. However, for those who aren’t a fan of the “going slow” part, there are a few ways your infused eats can affect you faster. Whether you need quick relief for medical reasons or you simply can’t afford to wait around, check out the following tips for efficient edibles consumption.
The waiting game can be tough, but it’s crucial to avoid overmedicating. Luckily, there are a few ways to naturally speed up the effectiveness of edibles. Extra attention at the beginning of dosing can lead to faster relaxation for an extended time period.
By placing a few drops of tincture under the tongue, and holding it there for up to ten minutes, the tongue’s abundant amount of membranes and capillaries will absorb the THC much more quickly. A traditional edible, with its THC most often attached to a fat (such as the cannabutter in a pot brownie), must surpass many hurdles for its cannabinoids to reach the bloodstream. The gastrointestinal tract is long, and an edible must pass through the stomach, intestines, and liver as it’s absorbed, contending with acids and bile along the way before it reaches your bloodstream. A tincture is a quick and handy alternative ingestible that bypasses all of that extra biology to get your THC exactly where you need it to go—your bloodstream. To take something sublingually means to take it under the tongue. Why is this beneficial for faster absorption? Under your tongue there exist mucus membranes and an abundance of capillaries, which allow cannabinoids to be absorbed more directly. A few drops under the tongue—held there for 5 to 10 minutes—will allow the effects of the THC in a tincture to come on much quicker, letting you better control the length and strength of your dosage. It should be noted that tinctures’ effects don’t last as long as edibles—think of fat-based edibles as the “extended release” version of cannabis consumables—and that can be either a good thing or a bad thing depending on your situation.
cannabis-infused drinks are starting to make a splash in the edibles market. Coffee, tonics, elixirs, sodas, lemonade, tea, juices—if you can dream it, you can probably find it on the shelves of a dispensary. Not only are cannabis-infused drinks delicious, they are a fantastic way to enjoy a faster-acting edible. In liquid form, the cannabinoids within a drink have the potential to be absorbed (in small part) sublingually as you sip, while also passing through the digestive tract more quickly than a lipid-packed cannabis cookie. Some, such as a concentrated cannabis “shot,” are even formulated for this exact purpose, claiming edible “insta-highs” that will come on in a matter of minutes.
Just like traditional edibles, you can find all manner of drinkables, so no matter your cannabinoid or flavor of choice, there’s something for everyone.
Extra special edibles
Specially formulated edibles are being created to deliver near-instant effects. These treats are designed to bypass the long digestive tract and go straight to the bloodstream. Once absorbed into the bloodstream, THC effects can begin to take hold.
Peter Barsoom, founder of the cannabis chocolate company 1906, says his products deliver their potent-punch thanks to a “proprietary lipid microencapsulation process,” which allows more THC to be absorbed into the bloodstream faster.
Since the effects will be felt shortly after ingesting, consumers will be able to better gauge their perfect amount. As with any edible, use caution when dosing the rapid-release versions. Start low, go slow. You can always consume more, but the side effects of overmedicating are never fun and so easily avoidable.
By speeding up the metabolism, food is digested more quickly. Depending on the individual, some may have naturally fast metabolism, while others are prone to a slower digestive time. However, if you’re one of the individuals with a slower system, you can speed it up.
The final method in quickly bringing about the effects of edibles is to increase your metabolism so that the infused product can break down in your digestive tract and deliver the cannabinoids to your bloodstream as swiftly as possible. There are some general rules of thumb for keeping one’s metabolism sharp, such as consuming plenty of protein, drinking lots of water, working out, avoiding a sedentary lifestyle, and getting plenty of solid sleep.
[Updated, originally published 27.11. 2017]