From smoking, people are now turning to vaporizing when it comes to consuming weed. But a new trend is giving it real competition: edibles. We’re seeing a growing market for marijuana edibles making up a growing portion of weed sales in many legal states. And the edibles today are far different from what they were 20 or 30 years ago. Back then, edibles were basically marijuana butter mixed in common recipes—and they tasted exactly like weed. Today, edibles come in various tasty forms, from lollipops to candy bars to teas.

If you’re considering using today’s edibles for the first time, it can get quite tricky. Unlike smoked weed that has almost-instant effects that tell you to stop once you get the high that you’re going for, edibles can take at least 30 minutes before taking effect. So if you eat too much at once, you can develop severe couch-lock or something way more unpleasant. And this is not the only caution with edibles.

Here are five more reasons marijuana edibles can be unpredictable, and why you need to be extra careful with them compared to smoking pot.

Edibles are not the same as smoking marijuana. The bud becomes decarboxylated when it’s burned, transforming its psychoactive material to smoke and goes into the lungs and then the bloodstream. With edible cannabis products, the plant has already been decarboxylated, changing the pot’s properties. Also, when you eat it, the cannabinoids first passes to the liver.

Edibles are generally made from variable trim. Pot growers prioritize the value of pot in the smoking market than as an ingredient for medical cannabis edibles. Because of this, some of them use plant waste (called trim) in edibles and sell them to manufacturers. In some cases, you’re not sure if you’re getting pure product; it could be a mix of trim with differing characteristics.

Edibles can have a different effect from smoking. The concentrate from extracting less potent trim is a highly potent cannabis oil. However, the process eliminates terpenes that gives it its taste and scent. This means that the cannabis you’re eating can affect you differently than smoking the same variant. Also, some manufacturers use whole buds, resulting in a low-quality product.

Edibles can be affected by the ingredients it’s mixed with. Although the science of smoking weed is understood pretty well, the process of marijuana interaction with various food items is still a bit unclear. It has been established, however, that marijuana can act as a catalyst with some herbs, yielding different results depending on what it’s eaten with and if it’s consumed separately.

Edibles as a science is still a work in progress. Even though it’s been years since we first heard of (and even tasted) pot brownies, the science surrounding edibles is still lagging. Marijuana research has been restricted by the government, and we’re only recently seeing its gradual acceptance. Because of this, there is still little scientific basis on claims made by edibles enthusiasts.

Despite all these uncertainties, edibles consumers have no reason to panic; simple common sense should be enough when it comes to eating pot edibles. It’s important that you read labels and ask edible online shops about their products, start small, and be patient. As with most things, start with a bit of self-experimentation to find out what works for you (and how much).

Author's Bio: 

Retail and wholesale of marijuana edible products for medical cannabis. Helping people take their medicinal marijuana in an easy and delicious way. Visit our website: Ed ‘n Bills Candy Co.