Cannabis continues to be enjoyed by many people worldwide because, among other reasons, there are several ways of consuming it. One popular method of ingesting cannabis is edibles, which are food and beverage products infused with cannabinoids such as THC.
Examples of weed edibles include chocolate, gummies (and other chewable candy), baked goods (brownies, cookies, etc.), and root beer. Before consuming edibles, however, it’s important to know exactly what they contain, their potency, and their effects on the body. If you are new to this type of product, here is a beginner’s guide to cannabis edibles.
Do Edibles Taste Entirely Like Cannabis?
The honest answer to this question is “yes and no.” Whether or not an edible has a cannabis taste depends on factors such as its potency and its flavor profile. Some edibles hide the taste of cannabis more than others. An experienced budtender can help you choose an edible that contains the amount of weed you are seeking.
How Long Do The Effects Of Edibles Last?
First, you should know that edibles typically take anywhere between 45 minutes and two hours to take effect, while liquid edibles take slightly less to work. As for the average duration of the effects generated by edibles, this is significantly longer than those associated with smoking cannabis.
The effects of food edibles may last up to eight hours, while liquid products generally max out at five hours. If you’re consuming edibles for the first time, it is recommended that you wait at least an hour or two before ingesting more. You can use this dosing chart as a guide in order to avoid feeling an excessively strong “high” sensation.
How Edibles Work In Your Body
Edibles are absorbed through the stomach, traverse the intestine, and ultimately reach the liver, which metabolizes them by breaking down the THC and letting them enter the bloodstream. The cannabinoids then enter your brain. This is why edibles work slower than marijuana joints.
THC vs. CBD
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are both compounds contained in cannabis plants. THC is the psychoactive compound that creates the “high” effect, while CBD — which may be extracted from cannabis or hemp — carries anti-inflammatory benefits. Many edibles contain both of these compounds. In total, 33 states (plus Washington, D.C.) have passed cannabis-related legislation to make medical marijuana with high levels of THC legal. Many states also legally allow the use of cannabis and THC for recreational purposes.
Cannabis Edibles Potency
The term “potency” refers to how strong a cannabis edible is. The typical unit of measurement for potency is milligrams of THC or CBD. The strongest edibles have more than 1,000mg of THC, while those with the lowest potency contain as little as 1mg. If you’re a beginner, you should begin with low-potency products.
Look At Product Labels & Packaging
Like other cannabis products, edibles are not subjected to FDA regulations. Therefore, it’s important to closely look at your products’ labels to verify that they are clear. You should also check that your edibles are adequately packaged. Although there has never been a confirmed case of someone dying exclusively due to cannabis consumption, keep in mind that taking too many edibles (especially within a short period of time) can lead to side effects such as anxiety, dizziness, and vomiting.
You should also know that cannabis edibles expire, just like their regular counterparts. Pre-packaged products often have the expiration date clearly listed on the packaging, while homemade edibles normally last a few days. Certain edibles can also be placed in the freezer if you don’t plan to consume them immediately.
Speak To The Cannabis Edibles Experts
Reach out to the professionals at Pure Oasis for more information about cannabis edibles. We are Boston’s first recreational marijuana dispensary and offer a user-friendly experience that features budtenders who are extremely knowledgeable about all of our high-quality products.
If you prefer not to smoke cannabis (or can’t due to medical reasons), then edibles are an excellent option to consider. Our edibles include chocolate, fruit-flavored chewables, baked goods, and root beer. These products go through a careful production process that involves infusing them with a safe level of THC. For baked goods, we use either canna-butter or canna-oil. For liquid edibles, drops of cannabis extracts or tinctures are placed into the drinks. Every person’s tolerance to cannabis is different, so remember to keep this in mind when deciding how many edibles you wish to ingest.
Call Pure Oasis today at (617) 420-6837 or contact us online to speak to a budtender or to learn more about our products.