Edibles are fun, easy, safely shareable in a time of Covid, and a lung-healthy smoke-free alternative. These benefits are nothing new to people familiar with cannabis, but under the surface lurks a tongue twister- 11-OH-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol aka 11-Hydroxy-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol. By the time you finish saying it, you’ll need something to drink like an edible.
Clearly edibles enter the body differently from inhaling. Time to take a small step back into a cannabinoid progenitor THCA. This acid transforms into THC when heated. Smoking or inhaling then is simply a matter of the THC filtering through the lungs into the bloodstream and brain.
Edibles don’t have this one-step option. Instead, THC has two more waypoints- the stomach and liver. The liver is where things become interesting.
In the liver, enzymes break THC down into the tongue twister that can be shortened to 11-OH-THC. Normally the product resulting from an enzymatic breakdown is less potent or powerful, but 11-OH-THC is not normal; rather, studies indicate it is more potent and longer acting than THC. This is the likely culprit for why many people find edibles to hit harder than expected with a more durable high.