There are different ways of enjoying cannabis. You can vape, smoke, eat edibles etc. One of the things you will realize about your chosen method is that each one of them allows you to enjoy cannabis in a different form, and at a different absorption rate. This brings us to the question of why is it that certain options will make you feel high much faster than others? To be precise, consuming edibles makes you feel high faster than smoking a joint, and the high lasts a very long time.
The answer to this question lies in 11-hydroxy-THC. This is the compound responsible for making your cannabis edibles more potent than when you smoke them. As a fair warning, for someone who is new to this, you need to go easy on edibles, because the high that will hit you might be an unexpected high.
What is 11-Hydroxy-THC?
So, what really is 11-hydroxy-THC? You would imagine that this is a compound that is present in cannabis, yet this is not the case. 11-hydroxy-THC is not present in the cannabis plant. It’s simply a chemical that the body produces when it’s breaking down THC from the edibles you consume.
11-hydroxy-THC is a potent chemical. There’s not much research into the medicinal value of 11-hydroxy-THC, but from the little work that has been done in this regard, scientists have proven that 11-hydroxy-THC is actually a very powerful compound. It produces psychoactive effects that can only be related to the effect you get when you’re using THC.
From the earlier mention that 11-hydroxy-THC is not from cannabis, the next question would be how the body manufactures it, and what is the link between 11-hydroxy-THC and cannabis? Well, from the moment you consume THC, the normal digestion process takes place. The edibles will move through the digestive tract and settle in the liver to be broken down into metabolites.
11-hydroxy-THC is a metabolite that’s more powerful and potent than most of the other metabolites that are produced in the liver. The difference between 11-hydroxy-THC when you are smoking and when you consume edibles is that in both cases, the body will produce 11-hydroxy-THC. However, the body produces more 11-hydroxy-THC when you’re consuming edibles than when you are smoking.
Granted, there’s not much research that has been done into the study of 11-hydroxy-THC to yield extensively conclusive results, but from what has been done so far, there are certain benefits of using 11-hydroxy-THC that are rather obvious.
First, 11-hydroxy-THC makes your edible high last a very long time. It’s no secret that edibles usually leave a lasting effect than most of the other forms of consumption, even if they take a much longer time for you to feel it. Another benefit of 11-hydroxy-THC is that they make any food that’s infused with marijuana to be more psychoactive and sedative, making them an ideal option, especially for someone who has been struggling with insomnia.