Marijuana

1. Eating pot isn’t the same as smoking pot.

There are a couple of important differences. First, when you smoke pot, the cannabinoids in it go into your lungs and thence directly into your bloodstream, getting that high-inducing THC into your system in a hurry, while if you eat it, it is digested and passed through the liver before entering the bloodstream.

2. Most edibles don’t come from individual plants.

When you smoke a bud of marijuana, you are smoking actual plant material from an actual, individual plant. Or if you buy a big bag of weed, you’re either getting buds from one plant or buds from plants that are the same variety (and are generally identical clones).

3. And trim isn’t the good stuff, anyway.

Trim used to be considered a waste product for a reason: While it contains cannabinoids, it doesn’t have nearly as much as the buds themselves. It can get you high, just not as high (or it takes more to get as high). Using trim as the basis for the cannabis in edibles is like mass-producing cheap vodka from potatoes, as opposed to making a fine whiskey from carefully selected and cared for grains.

4. It’s not just the weed—it’s the food, too.  

Part of food science is understanding how different foods interact with each other, such as the synergistic impact of eating olive oil with your tomatoes in helping the body absorb the nutrients. People manufacturing marijuana edibles have to be not only cannabis scientists, but also food scientists.

5. The science of edibles has some catching up to do.

Despite roadblocks to research in this country, scientific interest in marijuana has been accelerating here and abroad for decades now. But that research has been aimed primarily at smoked marijuana, and we know way more about how smoked marijuana works on the brain and body than we do about marijuana edibles.

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Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing?