By Angie Willoughby

As children we were always admonished by our parental figures to eat our greens so we could grow up to be big and strong. With the growing popularity of cannabis infused edibles that statement now gives a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘eating your greens.’

I started The Green Baker, LLC officially in March of 2018 after seeing the wide array of cannabis products on the market and not being impressed by any of them. My son, who was born with cerebral palsy, and my wife who has her own extensive health issues which discouraged vaping or any inhalation methods; were not finding any items that offered a fully comprehensive application that enhanced their overall health and wellness. So, they were my starting inspiration. How could I apply my 20+ years of chef skills to create inclusive and delicious cannabis infusions that were enjoyable and also wholesome for my family to responsibly medicate?

Consuming cannabis via smoke versus edibles have very different effects on the body. When you inhale cannabis smoke into your lungs, the active compounds, such as CBD, THC and CBN, are almost immediately absorbed into the bloodstream, making their way to the brain. Once it hits your brain, it binds to receptors in the endocannabinoid system, most notably the CB1 receptors, which produces the euphoria typically associated with getting high. When you ingest cannabis in the form of edibles, it passes through the digestive tract where it’s then absorbed by the stomach. Cannabis’ active compounds are then metabolized in the liver. Because an edible has to go through the digestive tract and liver before getting absorbed into the bloodstream, it takes significantly longer for the cannabinoids to hit your brain. But once it does, it’s stronger and has a longer effect. 

This is just one reason why medicating with edibles is such a desirable method for some. The Green Baker offers the opportunity for consumers to have total control over the way that they consume cannabis from educational seminars, personalized infusion classes to ready-made options. It is our belief that knowledge of cannabis will make it a powerful tool to better health and wellness.

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