What are Edibles?

Cannabis edibles are simply delicious treats that have been infused with THC. Although edibles may feel like a distinctly modern creation, they have existed in some form for thousands of years.

Cannabis enthusiasts have been consuming edibles since ancient times when eating resin flowers was found to aid with mental expansion. This method of ingesting cannabis has some interesting advantages over smoking for those who aren’t keen on lighting up. Those who want a high degree of control over the amount of THC they consume, and who prefer to enjoy a longer-lasting high often find that edibles suit their needs perfectly.

Cannabis Edibles vs. Marijuana Edibles vs. Weed Edibles vs. Hemp Edibles

What’s the difference between these edible types?

The terms cannabis, marijuana, weed, and hemp are often used interchangeably, but they actually refer to different aspects of the same plant. Understanding the distinctions between these terms can help clarify the different uses and legalities associated with them.

Cannabis Edibles

Defining “Cannabis”

  • Scientifically speaking, everything falls under the cannabis category

  • Whether it’s the weed plant, marijuana pant, or the hemp plat, they all are classified as Cannabis (or Cannabis Sativa L.)

  • Cannabis refers to the entire plant, including all its various strains and compounds

Marijuana Edibles

Defining “Marijuana”

  • Marijuana is a slang term created during the war on drugs

  • It was initially used as a negative propaganda term

  • Marijuana is often used to describe cannabis high in THC, the psychoactive compound producing the “high” effect

Weed Edibles

Defining “Weed”

  • Weed is another slang term created in the 1960s

  • The weed and marijuana terms are often used interchangeably

Hemp Edibles

Defining “Hemp”

  • Hemp refers to cannabis plants that are low in THC (less than 0.3%)

  • An arbitrary term set by the federal government to classify low THC cannabis

  • Normally high in CBD, the non-psychoactive compound shown to have therapeutic effects

  • Hemp can also produce other cannabinoids found in cannabis, like CBN, CBG, or CBC

While cannabis, marijuana, weed, and hemp are all terms used to describe different aspects of the same plant, they have distinct meanings and uses. Cannabis refers to the plant as a whole, while marijuana and weed specifically refer to strains high in THC. Hemp, on the other hand, refers to low-THC cannabis plants that are high in CBD or other cannabinoids.

Cannabis plants can contain a range of active compounds, including cannabinoids such as THC and CBD, as well as terpenes, flavonoids, and other phytochemicals (discussed more below).

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