What Happens If You Don’t Chew Edibles?
Edibles are a popular method of consuming cannabis, offering a discreet and long-lasting high. However, many people wonder what happens if they consume edibles without properly chewing them. Let’s explore the effects and potential risks associated with not chewing edibles.
When you consume an edible, it goes through a complex process of digestion in your body. Chewing is an essential step in this process as it breaks down the food into smaller particles, allowing the digestive enzymes to work efficiently. By bypassing this step and swallowing the edible without chewing, you may experience some differences in the onset, intensity, and duration of the high.
One of the primary effects of not chewing edibles is delayed onset. Chewing helps to mix the edible with saliva, which begins the breakdown of cannabinoids and facilitates the absorption process. Without proper chewing, the edible may take longer to be digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, leading to a delayed onset of effects. Instead of feeling high within 30-60 minutes, it might take up to 2 hours or more.
Furthermore, the intensity of the high may be affected by not chewing edibles. The digestive enzymes in your mouth contribute to the conversion of THC-A (the non-psychoactive form of THC) into the psychoactive THC. By not chewing, you might experience a slower or less potent high.
Lastly, not chewing edibles may prolong the duration of the effects. As the edible takes longer to be absorbed, the high may last longer than usual. This can be both a positive or negative outcome, depending on personal preferences and the situation.
Now, let’s address some common questions related to not chewing edibles:
1. Can I still get high if I don’t chew edibles?
Yes, you can still get high, but the onset and intensity may be different.
2. How long will it take to feel the effects?
It may take longer, typically 2 hours or more.
3. Will not chewing affect the potency of the edible?
It might affect the potency, resulting in a slower or less intense high.
4. Can not chewing edibles be harmful?
Not chewing edibles is not harmful, but it may alter the experience.
5. Can I still digest the edible if I don’t chew it?
Yes, your body will still digest the edible, albeit at a slower pace.
6. Will not chewing edibles result in a longer high?
Yes, the high may last longer due to delayed absorption.
7. Can I avoid the delayed onset by chewing the edible later?
Chewing the edible later may not significantly alter the onset time.
8. Should I chew edibles for a faster high?
Chewing edibles can help with faster onset, but it’s not the only factor.
9. What if I accidentally swallow an edible without chewing?
You will still experience the effects, but they may be delayed.
10. Can not chewing edibles lead to overdose?
Not chewing edibles does not increase the risk of overdose.
11. Is there a risk of choking if I don’t chew edibles?
No, the texture of most edibles is not likely to cause choking.
12. How can I maximize the effects of edibles if I don’t chew them?
To maximize effects, it’s best to follow the recommended consumption guidelines, including chewing the edible before swallowing.
In conclusion, not chewing edibles may alter the onset, intensity, and duration of the high. While it is not harmful, it’s important to be aware of these potential differences and adjust your consumption accordingly. Always remember to start with low doses, be patient, and practice responsible consumption.