Why am I not high? I Ate the Whole Thing
Have you ever heard someone tell an incredible story about not being able to get high after ingesting two hundred milligrams of THC? Sure, people lie about their ability to take THC. It could be a deeply rooted issue, or maybe, just maybe, they’re telling the truth. Yes, they may have eaten enough edibles to take down a bull, but no way could it take down the one hundred- and twenty-pound, Todd. The poor guy was left drifting in the THC-free zone of the abyss as his friends danced as if no one was watching in a grocery store parking lot. It’s okay, though; Todd is not alone.
Methods of consumption are essential to understand in the cannabis world. As far as intake goes, we are looking at eating, drinking, smoking, tincture, dabbing, or vaping. We are looking at the blood in your circulatory system and the liver for the digestive system. It’s far too often that folks throw caution to the wind when it comes to their intake of THC. Edibles are tricky though, once you’re in, you’re all in. It’s easy to underestimate their potency, and there’s no turning back. The timing is important when it comes to edibles; you want to take them before you eat so that they get to it’s not like you’re smoking a bowl—each hit generally lets you know where you are within a few minutes.
For example, when the smoke hits the lungs, then the THC is absorbed into your blood. Your blood carrying the THC molecules has pushed through the entire circulatory system within twenty minutes, including the brain. THC Edibles are one of the most promising ways to experience the beauty that THC provides. It is an ideal form of consumption if you are opposed to the traditional combustion of smoking. They hit harder because they’re metabolized in the liver. Both traditional delta 9 and delta 8 THC converts to the chemical compound delta 11, a heavy psychotropic that potentially has room to grow and last longer.
It turns out that not everyone can adequately metabolize THC within their liver; lacking the enzyme is by no means uncommon. The factors whether an edible will work for you depend on a particular gene expression, CPY2C9. If there is an alternate variant in the CPY2C9 gene, someone likely lacks the enzyme leaving them stone-cold sober after eating a few Scooby snacks. On rarer occurrences, there is an alternate enzyme that allows you to absorb THC even faster. That is a superpower in my book.
It is vital to understand that THC does not react the same for a single person on this planet. You’re looking at factors such as tolerance, genetics, biochemistry, and that’s not taking into account anyone’s health history, mentally or physically. And if you are someone that doesn’t have the enzyme in their digestive system, often dispensaries out west, it is a common practice to have digestive enzymes so that you don’t have to watch everyone dance like Todd. So please, explore other methods of consumption if you believe that you are missing that enzyme.