Cannabis foods are pretty tasty and an absolute delight. It gets people up in a different way than when they smoke or vape weeds. But sometimes in a gathering of different people enjoying weed infused foods, there is always one person who doesn’t get as tall as the others in the room. It can be uncomfortable when you find yourself in this position because everyone else is expecting you to get as tall as them. But you don’t have to feel weird as you won’t be the first to have this experience and you certainly won’t be the last. Always remember that the effectiveness of cannabis depends on several factors, of which your DNA is an important one.
In this article, I’m going to talk about marijuana foods, how the different methods of consumption affect your body, and the role of genetics. Please sit back and relax as we consider the various factors that are preventing you from achieving the highest levels of satisfaction with marijuana foods.
Eating marijuana is a very different experience than smoking or vaping, and it has different effects on your body as well. To understand how high one can get high by ingesting THC, we need to understand how the decarboxylation process works.
In their raw, natural form, cannabis plants contain THCA, a precursor to THC, the cannabinoid responsible for getting us high. THCA has no psychoactive properties, which means that consuming raw marijuana will do very little to get you high.
However, when exposed to heat, THCA is converted to THC. The heat removes the THCA bound carboxylic acid that prevents it from getting into a person’s cannabinoid receptors so they don’t reach their psychoactive potentials to get you high.
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Those who smoke or vape cannabis need this step because the heat naturally decarburizes the marijuana when it is smoked. With marijuana foods, the decarburization process is also critical to ensuring that they are intoxicating. This is one of the reasons cannabis foods have a longer duration of action. This is also why users get a stronger high than what they would have gotten if they smoked or vaped the same amount of weed.
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When you smoke cannabis, the THC enters your body through your lungs or blood barriers, and then settles in your brain (the cannabinoid receptors). This process lifts people up in a short amount of time.
A stronger high occurs when the THC makes its way to your system via the digestive tract, which is the case with food. When THC is eaten and passed through the digestive tract, it gets to the stomach and liver. In the digestive system, the THC is processed by the body’s metabolic system. This allows the THC to be fully absorbed into the body system, which is where the powerful effects are achieved.
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It should be noted that these processes take time, which takes into account the longer onset of action and the long duration of action of cannabis foods. However, some people are wired differently and that’s the nice thing about people. We are all different, so what works for one person may not work for another person.
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You’re not getting enough cannabis
You may not get high from cannabis foods because you are not getting enough cannabis into your system. By “enough” I am referring to your body’s cannabis needs per dose.
Maybe your friend needs a single dose to get high, which is great, but does that apply to you too? You need to monitor the amount of weeds that get you high and use that amount to determine the number of foods you should be eating.
Your body metabolizes THC too quickly
Cannabis foods work differently than other methods of consumption. Through smoking, tinctures, and vaping, you can absorb the marijuana directly into your bloodstream. Food must first be digested with the THC metabolized in your liver before it can enter your bloodstream.
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If you have very high or deficient CYP enzymes it can alter your metabolism, which means that THC is not metabolized. Our metabolic enzymes are responsible for breaking down these substances. They exist and work based on our DNA blueprint, which means your enzymes work differently from others.
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These differences in our DNA affect how things work in our bodies. If you don’t have the enzymes that can break down these substances, or if you have longer ones, then you wouldn’t be aiming high on cannabis foods.
When you ingest the edible cannabis on an empty stomach
In some cases, instead of feeling high after ingesting cannabis foods, you may feel anxious and restless. In this situation, you may have eaten the edible on an empty stomach.
Eating cannabis foods on an empty stomach will slow down the absorption process and prevent you from reaching high levels of THC. If this has happened to you, please make sure you have something to eat before ingesting the foods.
It may not be right for you
For some people, cannabis foods just don’t work. Just like certain drugs work for some people and not for some. You may have to consider enjoying the foods but relying on smoking or vaping to get up.
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How to make food more effective
Here are some steps you can take to make your cannabis more edible.
- Eat foods rich in caffeine, such as coffee, which speeds up your metabolism.
- Try ingesting cannabis sublingually, which means it can pass through your GI tract and get straight into your system through your oral tissues.
- Try to eat cannabis foods with lower amounts of carbohydrates and fats.
- A healthy and fit lifestyle with exercise and a high protein diet will increase your body’s metabolism and make it easier for the body to absorb the THC from cannabis.
There are numerous reasons not to get high after ingesting cannabis foods. While there are solutions for some of them, you may need to cut out marijuana foods if your genetic makeup does not allow you to do so. Of course, you can still eat it if you still want to, but now you’re going to consume it with an understanding that it wouldn’t get you high. So your new approach will be to enjoy the food, but then smoke the weeds to get up.
This article originally appeared on Cannabis.net and was republished with permission.