With greater access to cannabis this holiday season, some might want to avoid the hangovers, while still being a little naughty with a bit of herb.
The end of the year means lots of eating, drinking, and merriment, but all that jolly fun can take a toll, especially the drinking bit. With greater access to cannabis this holiday season, some might want to avoid the hangovers, while still being a little naughty with a bit of herb.
Smoking marijuana is often too conspicuous, and edibles, while more discreet, can be difficult to dose — not to mention can take hours to metabolize. Who wants to wait that long for a buzz to kick in? Thanks to several cannabis innovators developing new forms of marijuana delivery, new products on the market purport to address some of the shortfalls of traditional edibles.
A popular way to make ingestible cannabis more fast-acting is to find a quicker route to the body’s endocannabinoid receptors than the usual digestive system and liver. One way to do this is through liquid, which allows compounds to enter the bloodstream faster, without the need for the digestion required of traditional edibles, like brownies. Ready-to-drink (RTD) infused products can produce an onset time similar to a beer, a fact not lost on some, as alcohol-free beer infused with cannabinoids are available in states such as California.
Another development in cannabis edibles showing promise is molecular encapsulation, which envelops the active marijuana compounds into small, discrete packages designed to easily pass through the body’s membranes and attach onto cannabinoid receptors. By acting quickly, even at doses as low 5mg, effects are felt within minutes and dissipate sooner than a traditional edible, allowing for measured re-dosing until one calls it a night. This allows for a more measured and controlled high, ending the waiting game and the guesswork of eating enough of a pot brownie hours ahead of time.
Sadly, these kinds of next-generation highs are mostly found in states where medical and recreational marijuana are available; an open marketplace invites invention and competition, as well as capital investment into novel approaches and product differentiation on a level unreachable by most friendly neighborhood black market pot dealers.
If 2020 is as promising for marijuana legalization as it’s shaping up to be, more of us may be able to imbibe in these kinds of edibles by the time the next holiday season is upon us!