The world of cannabis-infused food products has grown into a massive market for canna consumers. Where the “special” homemade brownies of yesteryear used to be the gold standard for THC-laced goodies, nowadays, there are literally hundreds of cannabis-infused edibles to choose from. There are also many ways to prepare infused butters, oils and fats at […]
The world of cannabis-infused food products has grown into a massive market for canna consumers. Where the “special” homemade brownies of yesteryear used to be the gold standard for THC-laced goodies, nowadays, there are literally hundreds of cannabis-infused edibles to choose from. There are also many ways to prepare infused butters, oils and fats at home to use in infused baking for custom made treats.
Why edibles? Medicinally and recreationally, there are a plethora of viable choices out there for cannabis consumption. As opposed to vaping or dabbing, smoking flower or treating physical ailments with salves and balms, consuming edibles provides the favorable effects of cannabis without some of the harshness of inhaling or messiness of manual application. Another common benefit to consuming an edible over say, smoking flower- no odor and a longer onset and window of effect. Take an edible, curl up on the couch and watch a movie! Or, microdose an edible and head out to a concert or lay on your favorite backyard lounge chair. Your consumption will be virtually undetectable and your enjoyment, twofold.
One thing to consider when opting to eat your cannabis instead of inhaling it is that the body metabolizes edibles at a slower rate; so often it’s hard to gauge the effects of it right away. Especially for beginners, it’s important to start slowly with edibles. First try a bit and see how you react. A typical edible dosage is generally 10 mg. For beginner’s, there’s nothing wrong with breaking your chocolate square in half or biting into your gummy and saving the rest for later. After consuming your edible dose, it can take anywhere between 40 minutes up to a few hours to start to kick in. As the cannabis is absorbed through the digestive system, THC is processed in the liver. Once you’ve ingested the edible, you’re in it for the long haul! Sometimes, digesting the edible and feeling the effects of it can last upwards of several hours, sometimes much less. So dose slowly, check in with yourself and make sure you’re not overdoing it.
Tips from the pros will tell you that consuming edibles without having anything in your stomach first is a surefire way to overdo it. THC tends to absorb more quickly into the system when there’s nothing else in your stomach. Also, be mindful of consuming alcohol or other drugs before or during your edible consumption. Eat something, drink some water, and then indulge in an edible. Be sure to have a CBD-high strain of flower nearby if you feel like you’ve overdone it- smoking a high CBD strain will counter the effects of the THC and help you relax a bit more if you are feeling anxious.
Take basic steps to ensure that you feel safe and relaxed wherever you choose to consume your edible. It’s never a good idea to put yourself into a new or uncomfortable situation and indulge. Above all, the most important thing to remember is to cut yourself some slack. Be calm and let the edible process take effect organically within your system. Some people feel the effects more quickly than others, and sometimes, it takes a bit longer to start to feel something. Don’t push yourself. The more relaxed and open you are to the experience, the more likely you’ll be to enjoy the process. Bon Appetit!
Photo of Canna Cubes provided by: Evergreen Organix