What Are Cannabis Edibles?

July 27, 2020

Cannabis edibles are foods or beverages that have been infused with marijuana. There are a variety of methods for infusing cannabis into edibles which means edibles are readily available in whatever food or beverage form you prefer.

Marijuana baked goods like cookies or brownies are typically made with cannabis-infused butter or cannabis oil. Making cannabis butter is a relatively simple process of adding ground cannabis to butter and mixing. Butter is used because butter gives THC a fatty substance to cling to as it heats up during the cooking or baking process.

Cannabis oil is another versatile option similar to cannabis butter that combines ground cannabis flowers with any type of cooking oil. It can be used as an alternative to cannabis butter in cooked or baked edibles but is more popular in homemade sauces or dressings, sautéed veggies, or fried foods.

Lastly, cannabis extract or tincture is most useful for making beverages, requiring only a few drops, but is also quite versatile and can be used as a substitute for either cannabis butter or oil.

Characteristics of Cannabis Edibles

Compared to other methods for ingesting cannabis, edibles are notable for their high potency and levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Although they take longer to set, the psychoactive effects of edibles are generally considered to be both more intense and longer-lasting for most people. While the effects of smoking or vaping will typically take a few minutes to set in and last for 1-3 hours, edibles typically need between 60-90 minutes to take effect and can last from 2-10 hours.

The differences are due to how your body processes the THC in cannabis. Smoking or vaping is a quicker delivery method because it allows the alveoli in your lungs to quickly absorb the THC and pass it into your bloodstream. Edibles, by contrast, must be digested by the stomach before the THC makes its way into the bloodstream and therefore, take considerably longer to take effect.

Food or Beverage Containing Cannabis

  • Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Chocolate
  • Fruit chews and hard candies
  • Pizza
  • Chips
  • Nuts and trail mixes
  • Ice cream
  • Sauces, dressings and condiments
  • Juice or soda
  • Coffee and tea
  • Energy drinks

Easy for Beginners

Edibles can be an ideal introductory experience to cannabis for beginners who may not be comfortable with smoking or vaping. However, edibles come with their own considerations, especially for beginners who are experiencing the effects of cannabis for the first time. While edibles can be a very enjoyable introduction to cannabis for many, it is important to take it slowly and feel how your body reacts to cannabis. As previously mentioned, edibles take a while to take effect, but they are very strong once they do. This can be a dangerous combination for beginners who are over enthusiastic about enjoying edibles for the first time.

When using edibles for the first time, you should always start with a low serving and progress slowly if you decide to consume more. Be sure to check the package’s serving recommendations and keep in mind that multiple servings may be included in one package. You should know exactly how many milligrams of THC you are consuming by referencing the serving size. Remember that it can take up to an hour and a half for your first serving to take effect, so always wait at least two hours before deciding if you’re ready for an additional serving or not.

Alternative to Smoke Inhalation

While enjoyable for many, smoking or vaping isn’t the right fit for everyone. People with respiratory conditions, those sensitive to smoke or people looking for more health-conscious ways to consume cannabis, will find that there are a multitude of reasons for seeking out alternatives to inhaling cannabis smoke or vapor. Edibles are an easy and enjoyable alternative.

Talk to the Cannabis Edibles Experts

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We pride ourselves in giving adult consumers the information to help them make the best choices for their individual needs. Our easy-to-use menu includes THC percentages and gradings that guide you toward your desired effect. If you are looking for a calming variety, something to energize, or are in need of pain relief, we have something just for you. Many cannabis users report positive benefits such as increased appetite, reduced anxiety, better sleep, improved mood, and less pain and inflammation.

We always recommend starting with the lowest dose, so you can feel comfortable trying out a new product. We take the guesswork out of adult-use marijuana by providing the stats from how long effects last, to when you should start to notice effects. Think of us as your cannabis sommelier.

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