THC gummies are chewable sweets infused with tetrahydrocannabinol which have a pleasant taste and are readily available. This type of edible is available in different shapes, textures, and flavors. The content of THC in a gummy can range from 5 milligrams to 10 milligrams.

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Origins of THC Gummies

Marijuana has been in use in India for centuries before spreading to other parts of the world. Ancient Indians blended marijuana with curd to make a drink known as bhang lassi. They also mixed sugar and ghee with a cannabis paste to make sweets.

In the 1800s, cannabis started taking root in the United States, and cannabis-laced candies became common. Soldiers of war mainly used them. People used them as a remedy for col, hives, and other illnesses. Cannabis was labeled as a poison in 1906 by the government, and by the 1920s, it was strictly prohibited.

Around 1954, the first cannabis edible was made in the United States when Alice B. Toklas published a cookbook with many recipes, including one for Hashish Fudge. She mashed up cannabis and mixed it with fruit and water. Toklas didn't use any heat, although heat is known to activate the THC in cannabis. Brownies did not, however, gain popularity until the 1960s and the 1970s. Hippies then started baking marijuana into cakes and cookies in the 70s and 80s.

Today, the science of edibles has dramatically evolved. Apart from cakes and cookies, weed has been infused into gummies, lollipops, caramel, and even pizza sauce. You can buy edibles like gummies from dispensaries with THC levels indicated along with the strain used to make it.

Characteristics of THC Gummies

Looks and Flavor: THC gummies look like the classic gummy bear. They can have flavors like natural herbs from cannabis extracts, fruit essence, citrus, and mint. Gummies are mostly made from mold, which ensures equal distribution of THC. Some gummies are covered in sugar for extra flavor.

Effects: THC gummies can have a range of effects like euphoria, relaxation, anxiety, fatigue, and increased appetite. It can relieve body pain. THC also has the potential to treat glaucoma, muscle spasticity, low appetite, and insomnia. The fact that THC lasts longer in the body when consumed through gummies is beneficial in medicinal use.

Level of High: If you are looking to get high, try THC gummies. They deliver an intense high. Consuming THC through edibles gives more intense effects. Gummies alter the brain offering a psychoactive effect that mildly distorts reality. Taking too much can, however, incapacitate you and lead to delusion and paranoia.

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Smell: They can be odorless because, during the extraction process, the cannabis flowers are distilled into an odorless, tasteless oil using CO2, butane, or ethanol. Gummies with the natural cannabis flavor can be added more flavoring to improve their taste.

Dose: They are easier to dose compared to edibles such as chocolates and cakes. Gummies are made uniformly, and you will get an exact dose with each gummy.

Shelf-life: They preserve well. Baked edibles like cakes can go stale quickly, but gummies have a longer shelf life, and you can eat them over a long period. Besides, they don't melt. Gummies have a higher melting point, especially those with gelatin. Unlike chocolates which can melt, gummies are easier to store and preserve the terpenes and cannabinoids.

Discretion: Gummies are also discrete. In states where THC is still illegal, you can take THC gummies discretely as they look no different from regular gummies. They are also easier to consume than any other kind of marijuana edibles. It is easier to snack on gummies allowing you to eat gummies anytime.

Side effects: THC gummies have respiratory risks, unlike other forms of cannabis consumption like smoking. Burning cannabis produces carcinogens that affect respiratory organs leading to respiratory complications.

How to Make THC Gummies

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You can make your THC gummies by infusing a gummy recipe with THC. First, you will need to extract THC oil from marijuana using an herbal extractor. THC is fat-soluble, which means you will need a base like a coconut oil or butter to extract cannabinoids and terpenes.

When making your own THC gummies be careful with the dosage; it can be hard to know precisely the amount of THC to use.

To make gummies, you will need unflavored gelatin, water, and flavored jello.  The amount of these ingredients depend on the number of gummies you want to make. Combine the THC oil and water in a saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk the mixture together while bringing them to a boil. Next, whisk in the flavored jello and unflavored gelatin. Reduce the heat after 5 minutes. Using a turkey baster, pour the mixture into candy molds while keeping it on low heat and stirring every few minutes.

Lastly, place the candy molds in a freezer for 20 to 30 minutes. You can enjoy the gummies immediately or store them in an airtight container.

Conclusion

Generally, edibles such as gummies take longer to take effect, unlike other forms of consumption such as smoking. Their high, however, last longer. Buy gummies from reputable dealers who are transparent about the contents of their products. Always start with a small dose and wait until you know how the first dose affected you before taking another one.

Author's Bio: 

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