‘It’s a totally different drug’: Why edibles feel different from smoking cannabis

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Edibles  take longer to kick in than smoked cannabis — one reason why people sometimes take too much by accident. The effects also last longer. But there are chemical reasons why the high is often experienced differently, a B.C. cannabis breeder explains. “It feels very different,” says Ryan Lee.

One reason, he says, is that when the digestive system deals with it, the liver turns the THC into a somewhat different chemical, 11-hydroxy THC.

“It’s literally a different drug. By the time it gets to the site of action in your brain, it’s a different molecule from the one taken in through your

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