Edible forms of cannabis, including gummies, mints, brownies, cookies, tinctures, drinks, and other food products, are discreet and can produce long-lasting, safe effects. They’re great when consumed responsibly, and when you know how much you’re consuming.But edibles can lead you down an unpredictable path if you’re not careful, so it’s important to know what kind of experience you want to have.

Eating too much cannabis isn’t going to hurt your body, but unwanted or unpleasant effects from edibles can be avoided if you know the dose of the product and what dose of edible works best for you.

How Do Edibles Work?

If you’ve consumed a variety of edibles, you’ve probably noticed that some of them work faster than others. This is because of how they’re consumed. Edibles can be consumed a couple different ways, including sublingually or buccally (under the tongue or through the cheek, respectively) or through digestion (swallowed).

Edibles like candies and lozenges stay in your mouth, so they’re absorbed through the thin skin in your cheek and under your tongue. This process gets the cannabinoids to your bloodstream faster than edibles like brownies that need to be digested. That’s why you may feel the effects of a lozenge faster than a cannabis biscuit.

There are also products that are consumed both ways—like cannabis beverages. While some of the drink will remain in your mouth and get absorbed there, it will also make it to the stomach and go through the digestion process. This may mean that you’ll feel the effects of these beverages faster than a digested edible but more slowly than an edible that remains in your mouth.

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