Your Endocannabinoid System
Cannabis interacts with a unique set of receptors known as the endocannabinoid system. This entire system was named after the Cannabis plant as it contains the only known compounds that can activate these receptors.
The four primary ways to consume cannabinoids are:
- Oral Mucosal – Absorption of THC and other cannabinoids (elements of the cannabis plant) through the lining of the mouth and under the tongue – effects felt throughout the entire body.
- Ingestion – Absorption of cannabinoids through oral ingestion much like food or beverages including alcohol.
- Inhalation– Absorption of THC, CBD and other cannabis elements through inhalation/smoking.
- Transdermal – Absorption of THC and other cannabinoids into the skin – local effects only.
One of the most efficient ways to absorb THC and other cannabinoids is through the mucosal lining of the mouth. Within the mouth, there are three areas that absorb – the mucosa lining inside the entire the mouth, the area under the tongue (sublingual) and the tongue itself. Cannabis products placed under the tongue (sublingually) take effect more quickly than those absorbed through the general mucosal tissue lining the mouth or placed on the tongue itself. The effects should be felt within 15-60 minutes. .
Things to know about edible marijuana:
- Start low, and go slow. We recommend one drop to start.
- Cannabis absorbed through the oral mucosa typically takes effect faster then cannabis consumer through ingestion
- It last much longer than smoked marijuana. It can often have an effect for 4-6 hours.
This is a great way to enjoy cannabis discreetly.
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Cannabis infused foods and liquids take extra time to be broken down because they pass through the gastrointestinal tract and liver before entering the bloodstream. The experience of consuming cannabis infused foods may feel much different than inhaled cannabis. This is because when cannabis is orally ingested either in a solid or liquid form, a potent THC metabolite (11-hydroxy THC) is formed in the liver which is 5-10 times more psychoactive than the THC originally ingested. Edible products can take from 30 minutes-to 2 hours to take effect depending on a number of variables. Start with a low dose (10-20mg) and wait at least 60 minutes before ingesting another small amount. Once you feel high, stay well hydrated. Ingested THC is variable and depends on many factors including how much you have eaten, what you have eaten, how comfortable you are with edible marijuana, etc.
Things to know about edible marijuana:
- Start low, and go slow. We recommend 1/4 ounce to start- about 15mg.
- Be patient. Edible marijuana takes longer to take effect than inhaled (smoked) marijuana. It can take between 30 minutes and two hours to feel the effects, then will last much longer than smoked marijuana. It can often have an effect for 4-6 hours.
A great way to enjoy cannabis with friends!
The traditional way to ingest cannabis is by smoking it which usually provides a rapid onset of euphoria and other therapeutic effects within 5-10 minutes. “Dabs” of THC rich cannabis concentrate oil is becoming more and more popular.
Things to know about smoking marijuana:
- Connoisseur grade concentrates are very effective and rapid acting.
- Start with a few puffs initially and wait 5-10 minutes to see how it effects you.
(For local use only, no psychoactive effect)
Marijuana infused topicals (lotion, massage oil, balms and salves) readily enter the skin layers only. This means topical cannabis can be very effective when applied locally onto the skin. This method has NO psychoactive properties and focuses the benefits to a specific area that may be painful or inflamed. Topicals may help reduce scarring and may help with psoriasis/eczema.
Things to know about Topicals:
- Topical cannabis offers a fast-acting localized effect.
- Wrap the area after the topicals have been applied, if possible, with an ace bandage or other material to improve absorption and effectiveness of the therapeutic topicals.
Although you may already have a favorite way to consume cannabis, don’t close your eyes to other options! You may be surprised to find a new favorite.
This infographic is great to show some options. Remember not all consumption is the same…