Beat the Summer Heat with These Cannabis Ice Cream Recipes

Summer is finally within our reach, and what better way to commemorate the occasion than with some delicious cannabis ice cream!

A generous scoop of regular ice cream is already pretty excellent, but the incorporation of cannabis makes the deal that much sweeter. We guarantee that you will find cannabis-infused ice cream incredibly hard to resist!

Today, we’re outlining an easy-to-follow yet delectably delicious recipe for making cannabis-infused ice cream to help beat the summer heat.

By the end of this article, you’ll be singing, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for weed ice cream!”

Things to Consider Before Starting the Cannabis Ice Cream Recipe

Before getting to the good part, we first have to lay a few ground rules to ensure that this procedure is carried out effectively.

Namely, to produce the desired effects for the cannabis ice cream, which, on top of cooling you down, is supplying the righteous reefer effects, you need to perform decarboxylation. The word is scary, but don’t worry, we’ll walk you through it.

While decarboxylation may seem like a daunting and complex process, it’s actually incredibly straightforward.

Essentially, decarboxylation is the process of ‘activating’ the cannabinoids, specifically THC, in weed to produce its psychoactive effects. You’ve likely conducted it before without realizing it. That’s because the primary facilitator of this process is exposing the cannabis to heat.

So, if you’ve ever smoked a joint, you’ve decarboxylated your weed. The process itself performs the act of converting the THCA, the non-psychoactive acid form of THC present in raw cannabis, to its co-cannabinoid, THC, by removing an extra carboxyl ring (COOH).

Don’t worry. We aren’t going to bore you with all the chemistry-related details. All you need to know is that decarboxylation is necessary to give your cannabis-infused ice cream that little extra sweetness!

How to Decarboxylate Cannabis

cannabis decarboxylation

As we said, the decarboxylation process is incredibly straightforward; if you aren’t sure how, no worries! We’ll walk you through it.

To decarboxylate your weed, simply break your nugs apart into smaller pieces and spread them out on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Be sure to preheat your oven to 105°C (220°F)  before you do so.

Bake these broken-apart nugs in the oven for between 30-45 minutes, depending on the density and thickness of the cannabis. Once the moisture has evaporated from the buds and they’ve been in for the allotted time, you can take them out and either store them or use them to make edibles.

In this case, your weed is now officially ready to be added to ice cream!

For more information on decarboxylation, be sure to check out our comprehensive guide.

How to Make Cannabis Ice Cream

Now for the main event! Hooray! It’s time to actually make cannabis ice cream.

First and foremost, we’re going to start with the basic principles of making straight-up cannabis ice cream. A little later on, we’ll expand on how you can customize this recipe to suit your specific flavour preferences.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2.5-3 grams of decarboxylated cannabis (doses may vary based on tolerance, pick your strain of choice)
  • 500ml of heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 75 grams of sugar (or a healthy alternative sweetener of your choosing)
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of rum and honey
  • One large saucepan
  • A whisk
  • A bowl/plate
  • A weed grinder
  • A freezer container to store the weed ice cream

Here’s What to Do:

  1. Place the saucepan on the stove on medium heat and add in your heavy cream. Be sure to keep an eye on the flame to prevent it from burning.
  2. Consistently stir the cream for a few minutes.
  3. Add in your butter, salt, and sugar into the same saucepan. Don’t stop stirring!
  4. Once the mixture is well-blended, you can add in the cannabis. Use a weed grinder to break apart the already-decarboxylated buds, and add them into the mixture in the saucepan.
  5. As the mixture heats on the side, cut up the bananas into a bowl/plate and mash them up with a fork.
  6. Add the mashed banana, honey, and rum to the mixture and stir continuously.
  7. Pour the mixture into the freezer container, and, voila! That’s it! Be sure that the container you’re using can accommodate a good scoop of ice cream.

Ice Cream Variations

Once you’ve got the basic recipe down, you can have fun experimenting with different flavour variations. These will likely vary based on if you have certain ingredients or not, but the beauty of the original recipe is that it’s incredibly versatile.

Below, we’ll outline three easy examples for switching things up.

Chocolate Cannabis Ice Cream

chocolate cannabis ice cream

Are you ready for round two? Excellent! This one goes out to all you chocolate lovers out there. Here’s how to make a chocolate ice cream recipe that will have everyone asking for more!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3-3.5 grams of cannabis (decarboxylated)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 55 grams of chocolate (semisweet)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • One large saucepan
  • A whisk
  • A bowl/plate
  • A freezer container to store the weed ice cream
  • Cheesecloth, filter or strainer

Here’s What to Do:

  1. Combine the decarboxylated cannabis, oil, sugar, milk, cocoa powder and salt into a saucepan over medium heat. Be sure to stir continuously.
  2. When all the ingredients are well-mixed, filter the mixture through the cheesecloth or strainer, allowing everything to come through the other side.
  3. Pour the strained liquid back into the saucepan, and place it on simmer. In a small bowl, add the egg yolk and whisk lightly. Add roughly half of the hot mixture and stir it for a few seconds before adding it back into the saucepan.
  4. At this point, the mixture should start to thicken. However, be careful not to boil it! Remove it from the heat and add in the semisweet chocolate after chopping them up.
  5. Pour the combination of ingredients into a chilled bowl and refrigerate for a minimum of 2-3 hours.
  6. After the necessary time has passed, add the heavy cream and stir it into the cooled-down mixture.
  7. Pour this into the ice cream maker, and freeze the result.

Strawberry Cannabis Ice Cream

Round three, here we go! Who doesn’t love a refreshing strawberry?

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2-2.5 grams of decarboxylated cannabis
  • 2 cups of diced strawberries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • A pinch of salt

Here’s What to Do:

  1. Add your decarboxylated weed and milk into a saucepan and allow the mixture to heat for 60-90 minutes on low heat. The ideal heat to maintain would be 46°C/115°F. Be sure to watch that the mix doesn’t boil.
  2. Add the diced strawberries into a bowl with 1/2 cup of sugar and allow this mix to sit.
  3. Combine the strawberry-sugar mix with the heavy cream, vanilla, salt, and the rest of the sugar. To this mix, add the milk and cannabis mixture and slowly combine it all into a thick paste.
  4. Pour this into the ice cream maker and freeze the end result.

Banana Split

You’re never too old for a banana split! The beauty of this last recipe is that it is entirely customizable. No matter whether you choose the original recipe, chocolate, strawberry or classic vanilla ice cream as your base, the fun of a banana split is making it your own!

Of course, no banana split is complete without some delicious toppings. So, be sure to grab your favourite chocolate, caramel or strawberry sauce and whipped cream to top it all off.

Additionally, if we may be so bold, Sugar Jack’s edibles make an excellent addition to this cool and creamy treat.

Sugar Jack’s offers a wide range of edible options to help take your banana split to the next level. Whether you want to add in some playful sweet or sour gummies or go the classic cookie route, we have a wide assortment of options to suit every sweet tooth!

Cannabis-Infused Ice Cream – A Childhood Treat That’s Just for Grown-Ups!

There you have it! Several different variations of taking a beloved childhood sweet treat from your favourite summer memories and adding a fun adult spin on it.

However, be sure to keep your dosage levels in check to avoid some unsavoury scenarios, such as a green out! It’s also important to remember that edibles hit and are metabolized differently, which is also crucial to consider when making your own.

Cannabis ice cream is a fun-loving idea that’s easy to make to satisfy both your sweet tooth and your THC fix.

Which flavour will you try first? Let us know!

Best Edibles Canada – Top 3 Most Potent and Affordable Edibles

Finding the best edibles in Canada is a challenging task. Between low-quality fakes and the potent yet expensive gummies at your local government dispensary, there aren’t many options available if you want an edible that’s affordable, delicious and potent.

Fortunately, there’s Sugar Jack’s! 

We don’t want to toot our horn too much, but if you’re looking for the best edibles around, you’ve found it. 

Unlike other edible makers out there, we pride ourselves on using pure, completely natural ingredients as well as nano emulsified THC. All of our delicious nano gummies and edibles are made with imported Manuka Honey, sweetened with natural cane sugar and dosed with nano emulsified THC! 

Each edible is formulated to be naturally delicious as well as incredibly potent! Unlike traditional edibles, which can take up to an hour or more to kick in, our nano gummies and edibles work twice as fast to medicate faster. 

In addition to kicking in faster, our infused treats are also infused with a hefty dose of THC! 

Every package of edibles is infused with 200mg of THC. Our edibles are 20x more potent than edibles available at government dispensaries, which are capped at 10mg of THC per package! Be prepared to spend a lot at your local government dispensary if you’re looking for potency!

Fortunately, all of our edibles are available for purchase at our partner buy weed online vendor. Just check out their “edibles” section and click on Sugar Jack’s under “vendors!”

If you don’t want to waste time browsing and just want to get your hands on Canada’s best edibles, here are 3 of our top favourites to help you decide!

Best Edibles Canada – 3 Best Weed Edibles

Sugar Jack’s 2000mg THC Assorted Gummies

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You can’t go wrong with a classic! Our delicious candy-shop-inspired gummies are where it all began. 

Infused candies are a win no matter who you ask, but the spark of inspiration and creativity was lost somewhere along the way. We were tired of weed gummies that lacked ‘fun’ character. It was challenging to find infused gummy creators that wanted to break out of the habit of infusing regular candy with THC. 

Don’t get us wrong, Sour Suckers and Cola Bottles are some of our favourite candies, but not our favourite edibles! 

However, without many unique, handcrafted edibles available for purchase, we took it upon ourselves to create our own! 

They’re available in 11 delicious flavours, including

  • Lemon;
  • Cola;
  • Mango;
  • Grape;
  • Orange;
  • Strawberry;
  • Lime;
  • Watermelon;
  • Blue Raspberry;
  • Root Beer;
  • and Pineapple.

With so many flavours available in fun, candy-shop shapes, it’s hard not to have a good time with Sugar Jack’s edibles! Each package contains ten gummies infused with 20mg of THC each, so you’ll know precisely how large of a dose you’re taking. 

If you’re looking for the best edibles in Canada, you’ve found them right here! 

Sugar Jack’s 300mg High Dose Peachy Bears

Edibles hit everyone differently. Others might have a low tolerance for edibles, while others might have an insanely high one. These high-dose gummies are specifically created for the latter!

Gummy bears are timeless and we wanted to pay homage the Sugar Jack’s way! Sugar jacks 300mg High Dose Peachy Bears are ‘un-bear-ably’ delicious. With 30mg of THC per bear and 300mg of THC in total per package, these gummies are a definite contender for the strongest edibles Canada

Sugar Jack’s 500mg THC Chocolate Bars

Who doesn’t love chocolate? A sweet treat enjoyed by countless people worldwide and used as a medicine by many more throughout history, chocolate is one confection we knew we had to make! 

At 33mg of THC per square, with 15 squares adding up to 500mg of THC per package, our infused chocolate bars pack a potent punch! Made with Belgian’s finest chocolate and natural cocoa powder, our chocolate bars are available in 5 delicious flavours to suit your sweet tooth. 

Sugar Jack’s 500mg THC Chocolate Bars are available in:

  • White Chocolate & Praline;
  • Milk Chocolate;
  • Mint Dark Chocolate;
  • Raspberries & Cream;
  • Japanese Matcha Ice Cream;

With so many flavours to choose from, it’s hard just to pick one! Get yours today from our buy weed online vendor! 

Final Thoughts for Best Edibles Canada 

Enjoyers of edibles and other infused treats have more variety than ever. However, is more really better? With so many poor options available, picking the best edibles to enjoy is challenging, especially if you’re looking for something affordable and natural!

Hopefully, after reading our picks for the best edibles in Canada, you can better understand what to look out for when purchasing your edibles.

Want to learn more about edibles? Curious about how to dose them? You might be interested in these articles!

How Hemp Wicks Make Weed Taste Better

Cannabis connoisseurs have long held the tradition to keep cannabis supplies within the same family. From rolling papers to hemp wicks, these supplies are some of the most common cannabis products made of pure hemp, the male variant of the cannabis plant.

At Sugar Jack’s, we’re all about great-tasting, natural cannabis products. That’s why we use imported Manuka Honey and all-natural cane sugar to sweeten our scrumptious gummies.

However, did you know that you can also use natural ingredients to improve the flavour of your weed?

Rolling your joints with hemp paper and lighting them with hemp wicks not only improves the overall flavour of the smoking experience but is thought to be a healthier and smoother overall experience. 

Most of you have probably already got your hands on some hemp rolling papers, but that’s only half of the story. The hemp wick is the final piece to the puzzle and can provide several exciting benefits to enhance your smoking experience!

What is a Hemp Wick?

what is a hemp wick

Hemp wicks are long twines of twisted hemp fibres ranging from 5 feet in length to 800 feet in length. They’re made purely of natural hemp and coated are in beeswax to preserve the flavour of the hemp and cannabis. 

Typically, a hemp wick will burn like a fuse on dynamite, meaning that they burn at a moderate pace and should not be lit for too long.

For many cannabis enthusiasts, a hemp wick is an essential piece to the weed kit.

It not only helps with lighting the bowls of weed pipes and bongs but also enhances flavour and reduces harmful exposure to hydrocarbons. Hemp wicks are used alongside lighters and matches.

Why Are They Used? Are Hemp Wicks Better?

For many people, pipes and bongs can difficult to keep lit with a regular butane lighter.

If a butane lighter is kept lit for too long, the surrounding area near the flame can get extremely hot and potentially burn the fingers.

What’s worse is that spoon pipes and bongs usually require the smoker to tilt the lighter at an angle to reach the bowl, which can cause the flame to touch their fingers if not positioned carefully.

To combat this, many people keep a hemp wick handy to easily smoke from their pipes and bongs.

A hemp wick has an advantage over a butane lighter in the sense that it is a thin wire of hemp and beeswax that can easily be bent and shaped to fit into the bowl of a pipe or a bong.

On top of that, when smoking from a pipe or bong, lighters must emit butane to keep the flame alive.

When inhaling the smoke while igniting the cannabis with a lighter, smokers will also inhale some of the hydrocarbons from the butane released from the lighter. In the short term, this may result in a foul or lousy tasting initial puff. 

In the long term, it could deteriorate health, especially if you’re inhaling the butane regularly!

Other Uses Besides Smoking Cannabis

Aside from cannabis, tokers can use hemp wicks for a variety of different things. In ancient civilizations like Rome, similar hemp, flax, and cotton devices were made into strings to light candles and make candles.

Thanks to its beeswax coating, hemp wicks are also well-suited for making candles, lighting stoves, barbeques, or just about anything else that requires a flame and some extra reach.

How to Use a Hemp Wick

how to use a hemp wick

First, start unwinding your wick from one end and remove any adhesive bonding it to its body.

You won’t want to unwind your entire roll, as some hemp wicks can come in extremely long lengths.

Simply unwind as much as you think you might need and then proceed to hold it at its base. To ensure it lights without any issues, keep the free strand away from any wind and light the tip of the wick with a lighter or some matches.

Don’t use the wick to light your joint or bowl just yet. Let the flame burn off any butane and chemicals that the lighter may have transferred to it.

Once you have a gentle and steady flame, you now use the tip of your hemp wick to spark your joint or light your bowl. Simply use the hemp wick as you would any other fire source!

How To Make A Hemp Wick

Hemp wick is a convenient thing to have around. If you prefer to make it yourself rather than buy it at the store, it’s quite simple.

What You Need:

  • A double boiler or small pot
  • Beeswax
  • Hemp Twine
  • Tongs
  • Paper sheet or drop cloth

Step 1

Measure the amount of hemp twine you’ll want to use for your hemp wick. If you’re starting off new, we recommend starting with approximately 5-10 feet with your first batch.

Step 2

Put your beeswax in your double boiler and set it to low heat. The beeswax should melt shortly.

Step 3

Drop your hemp twine into your pot of melted beeswax. Check on it every few minutes stir it with a utensil occasionally. Ensure that all parts of the hemp twine are coated in beeswax.

Step 4

Find a flat surface and place your sheet of paper on it. After your hemp wick has been submerged in the beeswax for half an hour to an hour, remove with tongs and set it to dry on your sheet of paper.

Step 5

With your hemp wick now dried, it should be ready to use. For easy transportation, you can try to find a small item to coil it around, so it does not get tangled. Store it in a dry and cool dry as you would with your cannabis.

Final Thoughts

While butane lighters offer a quick and easy solution to lighting your joints and bowls, they may have harmful effects on your health if inhaled regularly.

A raw hemp wick is only composed of natural hemp and beeswax, making it a great natural alternative to many gas-operated lighters.

Even if you’re not eating Sugar Jack’s all-natural edibles, you can still have an all-natural sesh! Next time, reach for the hemp wick instead of your lighter. Your taste buds (and health) will thank you later!

Why Nano Gummies are more Fast-Acting Than Traditional Edibles

Before you start thinking that nano gummies are some new, high-tech robotic technology vying to obliterate traditional types of edibles like a pack of sweet, gooey super villains, you may be sorely disappointed.

That said, they are still super cool, highly advanced, and well worth talking about!

In the realm of cannabis edibles, you may have seen the term ‘nano emulsion’ or ‘nano emulsified’ on an item’s label or while reading a product description online, even on our own Sugar Jack’s website, but do you actually know what it means?

If you don’t, that’s okay! Most everyday tokers won’t. However, nano edibles serve as a discrete, delicious, and more bioavailable method to have you feeling the effects of your cannabis edible that much sooner.

It sounds good in theory, but how does it work? Let’s find out!

What is a Nano Gummy?

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First, let’s take a step back and reflect on a common (or at least we hope common) piece of knowledge that most of us have picked up in our lives surrounding oil and water. Namely, the fact that they don’t mix.

You’d think this would be a pretty universal concept, right?  Well, not necessarily. In the case of cannabis nanoemulsions, it’s not as black and white.

Thanks to the advancement of nanotechnology, cannabis has become far more versatile. As such, it can now be infused into a wide range of consumable products, including drinks, chocolates, tinctures, or, in this instance, THC gummies, for users’ pleasure and convenience.

Basically, emulsification is the same reason why your salad dressings stay together. However, unlike salad dressing, which will eventually separate again over time (nothing a quick shake can’t fix, mind you!), CBD or THC emulsion must be conducted on a nanoscale to ensure the task is performed properly for users to experience the desired results.

Essentially, cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, in their natural state are lipophilic, meaning that they don’t naturally mix well with water. However, they are oil-soluble. In other words, they mix well with oils and fats.

We create cannabis nanoemulsions by taking large cannabis oil droplets and breaking them down into tiny water-soluble cannabinoids that can more easily mix with water. This process enhances the bioavailability of these cannabinoids. 

In other words, the THC in nano gummies and edibles are more easily absorbed by the body! 

How do we Create Nano Gummies?

To create our nano emulsified THC, we begin by breaking down the cannabinoids to a microscopic level and suspending these particles in an emulsion. 

An emulsion is a mixture of two or more liquids that normally don’t mix – in this instance, cannabinoids and water – typically with one liquid containing a dispersion of the other.

Sometimes, edible creators will also introduce an emulsifier, which is a substance that stabilizes an emulsion by increasing the kinetic stability of the mixture. 

When the THC or CBD is thus properly introduced, and the infused product is well-balanced, it becomes safe and stable while maintaining its potency.

This added level of versatility allows edible creators to craft a wide range of tasty treats to appeal to cannabis enthusiasts, including those who are more risk-averse to traditional consumption methods, such as smoking, due to its negative health impacts.

Thus, they can create other smoke-free alternatives, such as brownies, cookies, beverages, and, of course, nano gummies! 

Thanks to this complex, involved creation process that increases bioavailability, nanoemulsions can be used to increase the effectiveness of these cannabis edibles in a shorter period of time, which we’ll explain in further detail below.

What is the Onset Time of Nano Gummies?

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According to research, the absorption rate of THC from traditional edibles can be as low as 6%. To put this into context, if you were to ingest a 20mg THC edible, you might only feel around 1.2mg of the actual THC.

However, findings surrounding the absorption rate of cannabinoids from nanoemulsion, specifically, found the same statistics to be over 90%. In other words, from that same 20mg edible, you would absorb and reap the effects of roughly 18mg of its THC content.

Are you wondering how long for edibles to kick in? Overall, traditional cannabis edibles take anywhere from 45 minutes to up to two hours to kick in, depending on the individual user’s metabolism and whether they had anything to eat before.

Unlike traditional edibles, which utilize fat-soluble cannabinoids, nano gummies instead contain tiny, water-soluble cannabinoids, meaning that the onset time for users to feel the effects is significantly shorter.

This difference is because, within your body’s endocannabinoid system, nano gummies work differently. 

By encasing the cannabinoids in a layer of molecules that can dissolve in both water and in fat during the initial emulsion creation process, it is easier for the body to absorb nano gummies.

So, unlike more traditional edibles, nano gummies are absorbed into the bloodstream very, very quickly. 

Since they are already broken down and small, they pass directly through the digestive system and are delivered directly into the bloodstream.

The water-solubility of nano gummies means faster absorption, and the THC in nano gummies will likely reach the brain before the digestive system gets too involved. 

In short, this means that the typical THC to 11-Hydroxy-THC conversion that usually occurs with traditional edibles is avoided entirely.

With this in mind, unlike the typical 60 to 120-minutes it takes to ‘feel ‘a traditional gummy, and then the additional time it takes for the effects to peak, nano gummies only take 15 to 45 minutes to onset and 45 to 60 minutes to the effect peak, truly adhering to its fast-acting moniker.

For more information on how long do edibles last, how potent is the edibles high, and how our bodies metabolize and absorb THC, click here.

Benefits of Nanoemulsified Edibles

Water-soluble cannabinoids are a pretty nifty invention, particularly when you think of how far the cannabis industry has come to be able to create them. This advancement in innovation yields a wide range of benefits, including:

Quick Onset Time

We already mentioned this in the previous section, but one of the biggest benefits of nano gummies is their expedited onset time. In this way, instead of waiting upwards of 2 hours to feel anything, it typically takes 15-20 minutes.

So, the onset of effects is more similar to if you were to smoke or vape. In this way, you can more reliably plan out your sesh.

Discreteness

If you are more inclined to smoking or vaping your weed, nano gummies pose a more readily available alternative that will also be less noticeable and draw less attention. Instead of having a conspicuous cloud of smoke or vapour, all you need to do is simply pop a gummy into your mouth, chew, and wait for the effects.

Nobody will be the wiser!

Accurate Dosing

Unlike other homemade edibles, such as brownies, which can disperse THC unevenly, nano gummies are each individually dosed to contain the same amount of THC. That way, you can ensure that you are receiving the same dose every time.

This convenience allows you to take them any time, anywhere, without worrying about whether this particular batch will hit you harder than others. Nobody likes guesswork, and nano gummies supply a viable alternative for safe, reliable, and consistent dosing.

Nano Edibles – The Future of Cannabis Infusions

The cannabis community is rampant with various consumable cannabis products, with nano edibles rising in popularity due to their increased bioavailability, convenience, and easy absorption.

The inception of nanoemulsion and its unique processes represent a massive turning point for the cannabis industry and the broader, increasingly diverse scope of products it can produce.

In addition, by avoiding the digestion process entirely, nano gummies can supply a shorter onset time, meaning that users can feel the effects of their products much sooner.

Gone are the days of using dry bud to make a batch of brownies in your kitchen. Now, products such as nano gummies pose a practical alternative and provide a safe and accurate way for users to dose their THC while enjoying fun flavours.

Our Sugar Jack’s gummies are created with organic ingredients, such as cane sugar and Manuka honey, in addition to nano emulsified THC, to provide consumers with naturally sweet products in more ways than one!

Visit our vendor’s buy weed online website and discover our various edible products. We guarantee they’re sure to sweeten the deal!

Why Don’t Edibles Get Me High? 5 Reasons

Why don’t edibles get me high?

Have you ever asked yourself this question before? 

Dosing, and cannabis consumption in general, can be sensitive and tricky.

As much as we like to think that getting high is a magical process, it comes down to cold, hard science most of the time.

Not only that, but weed tends to be very finicky, impacting every individual user and their unique endocannabinoid system differently.

So what makes your friend sky-high might not even have an impact on you. Frustrating, right? Well, unfortunately, them’s the facts!

For cannabis edibles, the THC and other chemical compounds present in these products must go through a complex process to be absorbed into the body. 

Compared to more simple and straightforward consumption methods, such as smoking or vaping, it involves a few more steps. 

Additionally, it also depends on the distinct physical attributes of the individual user.

 So, while all bodies process edibles the same way biologically, the duration, intensity, and longevity of the high itself are not universal!

We’re going to clarify why all of this takes place to determine why marijuana edibles produce varying effects, or sometimes none at all, depending on the user in question.

How the Body Processes Edibles

As we stated above, how your body absorbs the THC from marijuana edibles and how this ingestion method interacts with and impacts the endocannabinoid system differs significantly from how it would with more traditional consumption methods, such as smoking.

In edible form, the cannabinoid is converted into an entirely different compound, which has far more profound effects on the various functions that the endocannabinoid system facilitates.

Check out our endocannabinoid system guide for a comprehensive walk through of what your ECS is. 

We’re warning you now. We’re about to talk about internal biology and chemistry.

However, before you become too intimidated and click away, we will make it as straightforward as humanly possible. So, prepare to put on your thinking caps!

When you smoke weed, you inhale it through your lungs. 

Duh, right? 

So, when the smoke enters your lungs, it passes through millions of tiny little air sacs called alveoli before being deposited into the bloodstream and dispersed to the rest of the body, including the brain.

This entire process happens relatively quickly, which is why the onset of effects when you’re smoking or vaping weed come on sooner rather than later.

However, when you ingest an edible, the process is entirely different. 

Rather than inhaling the THC through your lungs, the body must break it down by moving them through several different sectors.

First, the cannabinoids and other compounds must pass through the stomach and digestive tract, where they undergo a process known as the first-pass metabolism

The compounds are then broken down into a byproduct of metabolized THC known as 11-Hydroxy-THC  by the liver before they are administered into the bloodstream and produce psychoactive effects.

How Does 11-Hydroxy-THC Differ From Regular THC?

Have you ever wondered why some people state that the effects of edibles hit so much harder than smoking or vaping? 

11-Hydroxy-THC is the culprit. 

11-Hydroxy-THC, or 11-OH-THC for short, is the primary element that creates the difference between edible and other consumption methods’ highs.

The difference between 11-OH-THC and THC is that the former can be up to 10 times more potent

Once it’s been converted by the liver and subsequently enters the bloodstream, this newly created compound makes its way to the brain, where it has an enhanced ability to cross the blood-brain barrier.

For those who may not know, the blood-brain barrier serves as the metaphorical bouncer that checks whether or not particular properties or compounds are “on the list” to be permitted entry to the brain.

Since it is so much stronger than standard THC, edibles whose compounds have been converted into 11-Hydroxy-THC are more likely to produce side effects with an astounding amount of strength

The onset time regarding how long it takes for one to feel the effects will be longer than if you were to smoke or vape since the edible and all of the cannabinoids and compounds within it need to be digested. 

Are you wondering how long for edibles to kick in? This extended duration is why it may take anywhere from 30 minutes to upwards of 2 hours for you to start feeling the effects. 

However, not everyone will feel the effects of edible marijuana. 

Here’s 5 reasons why edibles don’t you high.

5 Reasons Edibles Don’t Get You High

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Whichever way you ingest cannabis, no two people will experience exactly the same effects or get high to the precise same degree.

In the context of edible cannabis, specifically, there are several factors to impact how significantly the edibles work, including but not limited to:

The Particular Product

We live in a time where the variations of cannabis edibles are abundant. 

Nowadays, variety is the spice of life, and we’re almost spoiled by the sheer number of different types of edibles currently available on the market. 

The type of cannabis edible you ingest can significantly impact how likely you are to feel the effects.

For instance, say you were to try and make brownies, a space cake or some other variation of cannabis-infused edible at home.

There is a wide range of variables that could affect the overall potency of your batch. 

Ingredients are everything, and using dry cannabis flower can have a substantially different outcome than, say, cannabis oil.

Additionally, the distribution of THC in home cooking is entirely unpredictable. 

One person may receive a highly dosed brownie, cookie or what have you, while another could end up with an item that contains little to no THC at all.

If you want to take the creative process out of the mix entirely, you can opt for cannabis tinctures to provide an accurate and concentrated dose every time. 

All you need to do is ingest the tincture through sublingual application under your tongue and wait.

Many users prefer tinctures because they are more fast-acting and present more noticeable effects. That said, they won’t work the same for everyone, and it doesn’t mean that they’ll supply the same effects as ingesting a full cannabis edible.

Your Unique Metabolism

As we’ve stated multiple times now, edibles operate on a completely different level than other types of cannabis. 

Edibles need to be digested before they can supply their effects.

More specifically, the THC present in the edible must be metabolized by the liver before entering your bloodstream. This process is unique for everybody. 

Not all metabolisms or metabolic rates are created equal, and the enzymes present in your liver play a crucial role in your body’s specific response to various cannabinoids. 

Having a higher or lower concentration of these specific enzymes will either speed up or slow down your overall metabolic rate or may even mean that the THC isn’t metabolized at all.

Put simply, those with a higher metabolism are likely to experience the effects of edibles faster than those with a slower metabolism.

At the same time, those in the former category may also find that the effects wear off much sooner or that they don’t feel that high.

You Took Edibles on an Empty Stomach

reasons edibles might not get you high

Just because you don’t feel particularly ‘high’ when consuming them doesn’t mean that edibles aren’t producing some variation of effects.

Consuming THC on an empty stomach will cause the effects to hit faster than if you were to have eaten something beforehand. 

If you want a less scary or intense outcome, it’s best to try and eat a decent meal and drink plenty of water beforehand.

These preliminary practices will help slow the absorption rate and help prevent your body and mind from becoming too overwhelmed or overstimulated by THC.

You Haven’t Waited Long Enough

Edibles may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to take effect. Some users don’t have the patience to wait this long, which results in one of the biggest rookie mistakes when eating edibles for the first time.

This mistake occurs when users don’t allow the appropriate amount of time to pass and ingest more edibles because they haven’t felt anything yet. 

Most of the time, however, this act results in quite literally biting off more than they can chew.

What happens next is something that every toker, regardless of their experience level, should do their best to avoid. 

Paying attention to doses and ensuring you don’t consume more than the recommended amount is the best way to prevent unrighteous outcomes, such as a green out, from taking place.

If you thought that ingesting edibles on an empty stomach was bad, upping the dosage and consuming higher THC levels will likely overwhelm your system and result in adverse rather than desirable outcomes, including feelings of anxiety, paranoia, dizziness and nausea.

You Took Too Low of a Dose

Speaking of dosage levels, another potential reason why edibles might not be getting you high is that you aren’t consuming enough.

You don’t want to jump off the deep end and take more than necessary, but you also don’t want to err too far on the side of caution that you barely ingest any THC at all. 

This is where individual tolerance levels come into play.

Just like any other form of cannabis, no two tolerance levels will be the same, and it might take more of any given product to produce the same effects for someone with a high tolerance compared to someone with a low tolerance.

That said, if you are ingesting edibles for the first time, it’s best to approach them with caution, start low and go slow, and wait the recommended amount of time to avoid unsavoury situations such as ingesting too much and suffering from a green out.

For beginners, 5-10 mg per serving is around the realm you’d want to stay in.

Cannabis Edibles Don’t Work for Everyone

There are so many different factors that go into your body’s absorption of edibles, including individual metabolism, age, tolerance level, and more. So, if edibles don’t get you high, or aren’t producing the effects you’re looking for, it’s likely a good indicator that they just aren’t for you, and that’s okay!

The same products won’t produce the same outcomes for everyone, and it takes experimenting with a wide range of items to find the best possible ones to suit your needs and supply the desired effects.

One of the things we all love about cannabis is that there are so many different ways to enjoy it in all its glory.

With this in mind, what’s your favourite way to enjoy some gorgeous green? Let us know!

As always, happy toking!

How to Boost the Endocannabinoid System

Curious how to boost your endocannabinoid system naturally?

The endocannabinoid system is a complex biological network that ensures several critical functions within our bodies continue to run smoothly. 

Even if you don’t smoke or ingest weed in any way, this system is still vital for establishing that all these internal processes continue to work together and remain regulated to maintain homeostasis. 

If that last term threw you for a loop, don’t worry about it. You don’t need to have a Ph.D. in molecular biology to get the gist of what it means. 

Essentially, homeostasis is the ideal state for the body. It means that everything is functioning as it should be without any issues or interruptions. So, to put it simply, you want to be in homeostasis. Homeostasis should be the desired ‘home’ state for your body. 

Get it now? Excellent! 

So, with this newfound knowledge, it’s within our best interests to preserve and help fuel our endocannabinoid system to be the best it can be in any way that we can, but how do we do that? 

Luckily for you, that’s precisely what we’re here to talk about today! We’re telling you some of the best methods to help ‘boost’ your endocannabinoid system to ensure that it is functioning at its fullest potential.

However, first things first, let’s provide a brief overview of the basics.

What is the Endocannabinoid System? Why do we Need to Keep it Healthy?

As we’ve already described, the endocannabinoid system, or ECS for short, is a complex biological network that helps maintain several crucial bodily functions to ensure that we feel healthy and well-balanced.

Examples of some of these functions include appetite, mood, memory, pain, and physical sensation. 

So, suppose one or more of these processes or their corresponding systems experience something to throw them off. 

In that case, the endocannabinoid system will prompt, you guessed it, endocannabinoids, to signal the cells in that given area by essentially sending a “Hey, U up?” message, having a quick chat, and working to rectify the situation if anything is wrong. 

In a bit more detail, endocannabinoids are the most common neurotransmitters in the body. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that send these various signals from a neuron to what’s known as a synapse to target a particular cell.

The two most common endocannabinoids are called anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). 

Since it plays a role in regulating so many different vital functions within our bodies, maintaining the endocannabinoid system by practicing proper upkeep is critical to promote homeostasis and ensure we feel our absolute best.

Want to get the full picture? Read our complete overview of the endocannabinoid system to learn more about what it does, why it’s important and how cannabis impacts and affects its various functions.

How to Boost the Endocannabinoid System 

As we’ve discovered by now, our endocannabinoid systems do a whole hell of a lot for our bodies. In this sense, it’s essential to do our part to ensure that it runs smoothly to perform its laundry list of responsibilities effectively!

With this in mind, here are some of the best ways to boost and promote a healthy and happy endocannabinoid system.

Diet

How to Boost the Endocannabinoid System with diet

As we explained above, the endocannabinoid system is what regulates our appetites, but did you also know that it contributes to taste sensation?  

In the context of weed, this enhanced awareness is why many tokers experience a deeper appreciation for the various terpenes present in their bud and why they go out of their way to seek particular strains out. 

Some foods can even enhance the effects of cannabis when ingested simultaneously. To learn more about one such example, check out our article on mango and weed!

In the realm of system upkeep, it’s important to note that endocannabinoids are generated from and broken down into fatty acids by the enzymes within the endocannabinoid system.

Some of these fatty acids are considered essential to promote and maintain homeostasis and an overall healthy system. Still, our body doesn’t generate them naturally. In other words, it’s up to us to include them in our diet.

Examples of these essential fatty acids include omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9, DHA, and EPA, most commonly found in fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna.

For all our vegan friends out there, don’t panic! You can also source these fatty acids from other foods. For instance, for omega-3s, you can opt for chia seeds, walnuts or flaxseeds. If you’re looking for omega-6 rich foods, some examples include soybean oil, almonds, cashews and sunflower seeds. Finally, foods high in omega-9 fats include olive oil, avocado oil and walnuts.

Diets lacking these essential fat sources will become imbalanced or deficient, which could run the risk of your endocannabinoid system becoming dysfunctional. 

Trust us. You don’t want that! Follow a healthy diet to boost your endocannabinoid system naturally.

Exercise

Ensuring you keep up with a healthy exercise regimen is essential for maintaining your overall health, including the well-being of your endocannabinoid system. In particular, anandamide, one of the primary endocannabinoids we mentioned before, is released at increased levels when we exercise.

Have you ever experienced a runner’s high? Many researchers theorize that this sensation directly results from an influx of endocannabinoids working their way throughout your body.

Not only is exercise beneficial for promoting a healthy weight and energy levels, but it can also have substantial impacts on your mood, which, as we have now learned, the endocannabinoid system just so happens to maintain and regulate as well!

Scientists and tokers alike also posit that ingesting CBD before, during or after a workout may supply benefits such as increased energy, decreasing inflammation, balancing and regulating glucose levels, boosting mood and aiding in faster recovery times.

Be sure to check out our full breakdown on the CBD workout to learn how it may affect your exercise practices! 

Sleep

keeping your endocannabinoid system healthy

Not only does exercise contribute to mood and physical health, but making sure you get an appropriate amount of sleep is crucial in ensuring that your body operates as it should. 

We’ve all likely experienced the unsavoury effects of not getting enough z’s in.

Sleep deprivation can cause a slew of unpleasant side effects, including moodiness, impaired memory, decreased immune function, and more. Within the body’s central nervous system, an increase in endocannabinoid levels serve to promote sleep-inducing effects. 

In this way, the endocannabinoid system operates to regulate our body’s sleep cycle.

So, maintaining a healthy and consistent sleep schedule is one of the simplest yet most advantageous things you can do to help keep your body’s various rhythms running smoothly.

This direct relationship also correlates to how some cannabis strains can knock you out before you even have the time to say, “goodnight!”

For more information on how you can use cannabis for sleep and treat insomnia, check out our guide here.

Reduce Stress

Nobody likes to be stressed out, and the body experiencing moderate to high stress levels can actually serve to deplete the endocannabinoid system, which is something you should avoid! 

According to a 2016 study published in Neuropsychopharmacology Reviews, stress can impact a wide range of physiological functions within the body that can directly affect one another and cause a “rapid shift in many neurobehavioural processes.”

That said, the ECS can also protect you from the unsavoury effects of stress. In terms of what you, as an individual, can do to promote this protection while also decreasing your stress levels, there are several different methods.

Examples of stress-busting activities may include socializing with friends and loved ones, meditation, yoga, massage, or something as simple as learning some breathing exercises. 

Another fantastic stress-reducing solution we’ve already mentioned is exercise. Physical activity can help void the body of any pent-up or excess anxious energy and mitigate stress

Lower Alcohol Consumption

Boosting the Endocannabinoid System

Alcohol consumption can slow the repair and growth of new endocannabinoid receptors.

However, low to moderate alcohol consumption shouldn’t pose any real issues and is likely harmless to endocannabinoid function. That said, drinking in excess or binge drinking can substantially impair these receptors’ ability to process cannabinoids.

Additionally, researchers did not know until recently that the endocannabinoid system plays an active role in developing alcohol tolerance.

THC and alcohol both have the potential to promote dependency by eliciting rewarding effects, which can, in turn, lead to chronic and compulsive use by signalling and engaging similar pathways in the brain.

In other words, to get real for a second, when consumed frequently and in excess, the likelihood of developing an addiction will increase, with alcohol being arguably more difficult to shake than cannabis.

However, don’t get it twisted. Weed withdrawal symptoms are very real and can be quite unpleasant to experience. It takes work and commitment to rectify this dependency and return your body to a state of normalcy. 

Keeping up With Your Endocannabinoid System

The endocannabinoid system has a direct impact on several different functions and networks within the body. In this way, doing the utmost to ensure that it is healthy is the best way to maintain homeostasis and feel the best you possibly can.

Ingesting a healthy amount of essential fatty acids, such as omega-3, 6, and 9, participating in regular exercise activities, getting plenty of restful sleep, minimizing stress and maintaining a healthy relationship with substances such as alcohol are among the most effective ways to promote and boost your endocannabinoid system.

None of these methods or tips are complicated, and they aren’t difficult to execute. When it comes down to it, consistency is key.

Ensuring that you keep up with these various practices is the best way to ensure that your endocannabinoid system is healthy and able to do everything it needs to, so you can stay happy, healthy, and balanced!

How Long Does Weed Stay in Your System?

There’s no one clear-cut answer to the age-old question, “how long does weed stay in your system?”

As much as we would like there to be, there is no definitive, medically reviewed or confirmed timeline to find out how long weed stays in your system.

This uncertainty stems from the fact that there are just too many ongoing variables regarding how marijuana interacts with every individual body, relating to a person’s frequency of use, tolerance levels and unique physicalities, such as their body fat percentage, to name a few.

That said, before you hang your head or shed a tear, not all hope is lost.

Research surrounding the relationship between marijuana and how it impacts and interacts with the human body continues to develop, with the catalogue of evidence growing almost daily. 

Through such studies, scientists have been able to establish general, broad ranges to attempt to address the inquiry of “how long does marijuana stay in your system?”

Today, we’re breaking down the fundamentals regarding how cannabis enters and interacts with your body, as well as how long current research indicates it sticks around inside of you.

Let’s get started because there’s a lot of information to cover!

How Does Weed Enter Your System?

To understand how long weed may stay in your system, we should first take a step back and take a look at how THC enters and travels throughout the body. 

Ultimately, it comes down to the marijuana product you’re ingesting and how you’re doing it.

If you’re a more traditional, conventional toker that enjoys sparking up a good, old-fashioned joint, blunt or hitting a weed pipe or vaporizer pen, the THC will enter your system through your lungs. More specifically, it’ll pass through the tiny air sacs in your lungs called alveoli.

From there, it’s transported to the bloodstream and directly to the heart. In the heart, blood is pumped throughout the rest of the body, and the THC can bind to the cannabinoid receptors in the brain and peripheral nervous system.

These cannabinoid receptors are part of what’s collectively known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a biological network that contains natural endocannabinoids which THC can mimic and bind to. 

The ECS is crucial in maintaining and regulating several essential bodily functions, including appetite, mood and memory.

Opposingly, if you were to opt for a THC tincture or edible, the process is entirely different.

Unlike smoking or vaping, the THC in weed edibles travels through the liver and digestive system rather than the lungs. 

During this process, it is metabolized and converted into a separate compound called 11-Hydroxy-THC.

11-Hydroxy-THC is far more potent than standard Delta-9-THC, meaning that it will have a much more profound impact on the endocannabinoid system, which is why you’ll likely discover edibles to produce more intense, enhanced and longer-lasting effects. That said, how long edibles do last depends on various factors such as how much food you’ve eaten prior, your tolerance to cannabis and physiology.

Interested in learning more about how marijuana impacts us? Check out our full breakdown to find out more about the intricacies of the endocannabinoid system!

How Long Does Weed Stay in Your System? – Influencing Factors

How Long Does Weed Stay in Your Body Factors

Multiple elements may impact the length of time that THC will remain in your system, including but not limited to:

Dosage Level

It doesn’t take a genius to determine that the more THC or higher dose you consume, the longer it will take for your body to break it down, work it through and eventually eliminate it and any corresponding THC metabolites.

If you have a drug test coming up, this information is especially important to keep in mind. 

As unfortunate as it may be to hear, the best way to ensure that the scan doesn’t detect the presence of any leftover THC metabolites from your weed coursing through your system is to have minimal to no doses leading up to your anticipated drug test.

In other words, if you want to pass a drug test, the best way to do so is to decrease or entirely stop your cannabis consumption leading up to it.

Frequency of Use

Like how higher doses will take longer to leave your body, the overall duration and frequency of cannabis use will also significantly influence the length of time the marijuana and THC will stay in your system.

In other words, most research indicates that THC stays in chronic or frequent cannabis users’ systems far longer than occasional or infrequent users. 

Additionally, regular cannabis use can lead to other adverse outcomes, including the potential for cannabis withdrawal symptoms.

Individual Physicality

No one body is created equally, and this simple fact directly impacts the more complex interaction between marijuana and the individual user.

Factors such as a person’s metabolism will determine how quickly the body breaks down cannabinoids. 

So, someone with a naturally higher metabolism may eliminate cannabinoids faster, causing the length of time where THC and any THC metabolites are in their system and detectable via drug test to be shorter than someone with a slower metabolism.

Additionally, a person’s body fat will all play a massive role. 

One of the THC metabolites, THC-COOH, is fat-soluble, meaning it’s absorbed by fats, where it may remain for an extended amount of time. 

In the same realm, when someone exercises, it can also impact the number of detectable THC metabolites.

When you burn fat, THC that has been lying dormant in that fat may be released into the blood and excreted from the body, via you going number one or number two if you catch our drift!

Different THC Testing Methods

drug test report

In the context of physical features and processes, depending on the type of drug test or drug screening administered, the duration of how long weed stays in your system will vary.

If you’re confused by what this means, we’ll expand on this concept in further detail below.

Blood Tests – 3-4 Hours

When it comes to administering drug testing, blood tests are likely to be the least frequently used. Blood tests have a significantly narrower window compared to other variations regarding their ability for cannabis use detection.

These tests only typically work within several hours, more specifically 3-4 hours, of a person using marijuana, which is when the THC will still be in their bloodstream.

Urine Tests – 3-30 Days

Unlike blood testing, urine tests are among the most common methods for substance use detection, including marijuana. 

A urine test can detect marijuana anywhere from 3 to 30 days after the initial ingestion.

This broad window is dependent on an individual’s frequency of use. 

According to a May 2017 study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, THC may be detected in urine up to 3 days in light users, 5 to 7 days in moderate cannabis users, 10 to 15 days in those who smoke weed everyday and up to 30 days for chronic users who consume weed multiple times a day.

Hair Tests – Up to 90 Days

When it comes to drug tests, hair tests are by far the most sensitive. 

They can detect THC in hair follicles for up to 90 days after initial cannabis consumption.

This accuracy and long-term duration are because testing hair strands can detect traces of THC in the body after they pass from the bloodstream to the hair follicle. 

However, there is some room for error with this type of testing, specifically, as you don’t necessarily need to ingest weed to have your hair test positive for it.

Confused? Let us explain.

Essentially, if you have been around secondhand marijuana smoke, have come into contact with marijuana, or even if someone who has handled weed recently touches your hair, your hair may still test positive, even if you haven’t actually ingested any, meaning it could result in a false positive.

How Long Does Weed Stay in Your System? Detection Times May Vary

At the end of the day, as we said before, there is no 100% definitive solution for accurately predicting how long it will take for someone to metabolize weed and eliminate THC from their body.

More often than not, it comes down to a range of internal and external factors, including the THC dosage level, frequency of marijuana use, as well as a person’s unique physical attributes, such as their body fat percentage and the speed of their metabolism.

Ultimately, in the context of a drug test scenario, the best way to ensure a negative result is to cease marijuana use leading up to the anticipated testing date to allow your body an appropriate amount of time to eliminate THC and give you the all-clear.

Stay safe and good luck!

Weed, Your Endocannabinoid System & You – Functions & Facts

Did you know that, regardless of whether or not you actually smoke, eat or ingest weed, your body still contains its very own endocannabinoid system?

That’s right! Every human body comes equipped with this diverse and crucial system that maintains a wide range of functions outside of solely interacting with weed.

In addition to modulating the effects of cannabis and THC, the endocannabinoid system is also responsible for maintaining a variety of bodily functions. Everything from hunger to energy and sleep to libido is maintained through our ECS.

With this in mind, if you haven’t picked up on our ever-so-subtle introduction, today, we’re telling you everything you need to know about your endocannabinoid system! 

This article will cover what the endocannabinoid system is, its various roles throughout the body, and how THC and CBD interact with it, respectively and together.

If nothing else, you could pick up some fun facts to share with your friends during your next group sesh!

So, without further delay, let’s get started because there’s a lot to cover!

Is the Endocannabinoid System a Real Thing?

At this point, you may be asking yourself, “what is the endocannabinoid system, anyway? Is it even a real thing?” 

The answer is a whopping YES! 

Like we said before, your endocannabinoid system is so much more than what you might initially think and has a ton of functions that are crucial for surviving.

The endocannabinoid system is a biological network of neurotransmitters that operate on pretty much every cell in your peripheral (body) and central (brain) nervous system.

Your body naturally contains what are known as endocannabinoids. These microscopic marvels serve as regulators to maintain appropriate levels for a wide range of bodily functions, including appetite, pain sensation and even memory and libido. 

There are two chief examples, in particular, worth mentioning when it comes to endocannabinoids. 

The first is called anandamide, and the second 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).

These two endocannabinoids are the most common neurotransmitters. Essentially, neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that issue a signal from a neuron across what’s known as a synapse to target a cell.

the Endocannabinoid System guide
The two primary endocannabinoids produced by the human body are anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).

Anandamide and 2-AG are basically found in every nerve and brain cell in mammals, which, unless you’ve lived up to this point without knowing, includes you!

Their primary function is to serve as messengers for transmitting various signals across the cells in your body. 

Their enzymes also exist within this system, generating and breaking down endocannabinoids from and into fatty acids.

While the endocannabinoid system isn’t a new discovery in itself, researchers are still discovering its innate functions and how external substances, such as prescription medications and therapies and, in this context, cannabis, can impact and potentially alter the function of these enzymes.

As we said before, your endocannabinoid exists regardless of whether you are a cannabis user or not, and its functions extend to a wide range of physical and cognitive bodily processes, including mood regulation, appetite, pain-sensation, libido and, of course, for the purposes of this article, how weed affects your body.

What is the Role of the Endocannabinoid system?

The beauty of the endocannabinoid is that it helps maintain several of our body’s functions to help us feel good and well-balanced!

This stability is because one of the overall purposes of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain what’s called homeostasis.

Essentially, homeostasis occurs when our body is functioning on all cylinders. 

In other words, all of the intricate systems are working in harmony to make us feel ‘normal.’ This balance is essential to ensure stable conditions necessary for survival.

Below, we’ll highlight a few primary examples of how the endocannabinoid system regulates some of the body’s most primary functions.

Appetite

If you’ve ever wondered how your body intrinsically knows it’s time to fuel up or what, specifically, sends the message to your brain saying, “Hey bud, you’re hungry!” You can thank your endocannabinoids.

However, they don’t just indicate that it’s time to chow down. These endocannabinoids also contribute to your taste perception.

It’s a combination of a release of endocannabinoids in your stomach and your brain working together that makes you feel hungry. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise why, when you do smoke weed, the inevitable effect of “ the munchies” feels that much stronger!

It’s also partially why our bodies feel the effects of ingesting edibles that much harder. 

As opposed to smoking, the THC existing in cannabis edibles travels through our liver and digestive system, where it is converted into a separate compound known as 11-Hydroxy-THC

This transformation causes the effects of weed not only to be far more intense but last longer, as well.

Think of it this way, if smoking a joint makes you feel hungry, ingesting an edible can crank this feeling all the way up to 11!

This appetite-inducing effect of cannabis also has medical applications through stimulating hunger in those undergoing various medical treatments and therapies that may induce nausea or lack of appetite.

Mood & Memory

the role of the endocannabinoid system

On top of all its other responsibilities, the endocannabinoid system also plays a crucial role in regulating the neurotransmitters vital for mood maintenance, including serotonin and dopamine, otherwise known as the “calming chemical” and “feel-good chemical,” respectively.

Moreover, endocannabinoids are in charge of many of the pillar functions of the brain, such as planning, memory, and critical thinking.

The two primary endocannabinoids we mentioned earlier, anandamide and 2-AG, also directly regulate how our brains respond to stress. 

No wonder weed helps us unwind, relax and take the edge off!

Pain & Physical Sensation

Since endocannabinoids perform their various duties across almost every point of the body, including the peripheral (body) and central (brain) nervous system, they act as anti-pain and anti-inflammatory compounds to regulate pain and other physical sensations.

In this sense, it’s not necessarily just pain that they play a part in regulating. 

Remember when we said that the endocannabinoid system played a role in your libido? It’s all come full circle!

In the context of pain, specifically, your endocannabinoid system will release these endocannabinoids to minimize the number of pain signals that your nerve cells send to the sensory pain center in your brain. They also act to inhibit your brain from receiving these signals.

Some scientists believe this is how pain-relieving medications, namely Tylenol, work by increasing endocannabinoid levels in the body to target and treat pain.

How do THC and CBD Affect the Endocannabinoid System?

In case we scared you off with the mentioning of science above, don’t worry! We will try and make our explanation as simple and straightforward as possible.

First, we’ll start with what your body does naturally. Anandamide and 2-AG activate the CB1 and CB2 endocannabinoid receptors. 

CB1 receptors are found in the body’s central nervous system, connective tissues and organs.

CB2 receptors, however, are present outside of the central system in what’s known as the periphery body. The immune system and gastrointestinal tract are included in this system.

Any wrench thrown into this well-oiled machine is cause for alarm. If any of these numerous functions are disrupted, a cell will generate endocannabinoids, which will bind to these endocannabinoid receptors. 

From there, the endocannabinoids will relay a message or issue a signal to alert the brain and body that something isn’t as it should be, which will trigger a response to correct whatever is wrong.

So, how do CBD and THC come into the mix?

THC, known scientifically as tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary cannabinoid present in your weed that produces psychoactive effects.

In other words, it’s the tiny treasure that gets you high. Once you ingest THC or CBD, it interacts with your endocannabinoid system by binding to its cannabinoid receptors, the same as the naturally occurring endocannabinoids already existing within your body would.

The ECS and the Effects of Weed

endocannabinoid system guide

When it comes to weed, THC has some sneaky trips up its sleeve in that it can bind to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors that we mentioned earlier. 

This adaptability is how it can produce such a wide scope of effects on both your physical body and your brain.

These interactions are presented in various ways, such as inducing hunger and decreasing stress, as we mentioned previously.

That said, sometimes, you have to take the good with the bad. 

What we mean is that THC can also supply some less favourable side effects in some cases, including making select users feel more paranoid or anxious.

However, other factors may also play into these outcomes, such as dosage levels and physiological factors, including gender, weight, age and individual tolerance level. 

The specific cannabis product ingested is also important, especially in the case of edibles, which, as we’ve already mentioned, convert the THC into 11-Hydroxy-THC, a much more potent compound.

On the flip side, unlike THC, CBD, formally known as cannabidiol, does not supply psychoactive properties, meaning you won’t get high if you consume it.

That said, we still aren’t entirely sure how, exactly, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system. What researchers do know, though, is that it does not bind to the CB1 or CB2 cannabinoid receptors in the same matter that its counterpart, THC, does.

While nothing is confirmed, some experts theorize that CBD’s interaction with the endocannabinoid system comprises stopping endocannabinoids from breaking down, allowing them to affect the body more. 

Other scientists argue that CBD binds to one or multiple cannabinoid receptors that researchers have yet to discover.

While we may not understand entirely what the relationship is, we can still reap the benefits of CBD’s soothing and therapeutic effects. Sometimes, the magic’s in the mystery!

A Crucial System With or Without Cannabis

Your body’s endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in regulating several vital functions within your body, regardless of if you’re a cannabis consumer or not.

From maintaining appetite, memory and mood to regulating physical sensations like pain and libido, the endocannabinoid system is an essential part of ensuring your body operates as it should.

Consuming cannabis, as you hopefully now know, can impact this system in a wide range of ways, including bringing on the munchies, making us feel sleepy, and elevating our mood.

That said, it’s also important to consider dosage and your unique physical makeup before sparking up a joint or ripping into a pack of Sugar Jack’s edibles

Ingesting more than you can handle can lead to some unsavoury consequences, including paranoia, anxiety, and, in more severe cases, green out.

Some of the best ways to ensure your endocannabinoid system is in peak condition are frequent and consistent exercise, maintaining a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep. To learn more about how to boost the endocannabinoid system check out our article here.

With all of this in mind, remember to be kind to your endocannabinoid system. After all, it does a whole lot for you!