What are edibles? Edibles are foods that contain THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. They can be taken by eating or drinking and they provide a longer-lasting effect than smoking pot. Edibles come in many forms including cookies, brownies, hard candy, chocolate bars, and even drinks. In this guide, we will explore what edibles are and how they work as well as some of the benefits of using them for both medical users and recreational ones!
How do edibles work? One way to ingest an edible is by eating it, but you could also drink them if preferred (but don’t mix alcohol with your cannabinoids). When these products enter the stomach’s digestive system, the liver metabolizes THC into 11-hydroxy-THC. This in turn activates the cannabinoid receptors throughout your body, which can have a strong therapeutic effect on things like pain and inflammation relief.
How to make edibles? Edible making is really simple! In short, you will need:
- Cannabutter – this recipe should include butter or coconut oil
- A quality cannabis strain (it’s easier if it has been decarboxylated)
- Sweetener of choice; brown sugar, honey, maple syrup are all great options for different flavors
- Baking ingredients depending on what type of edible you want to create (for example eggs with cookies or milk with cereals). Amounts needed to vary so please consult an online conversion chart before baking to ensure the best results
- Cake pan (or another container for whatever type of edibles you are making)
- Oven heated to 300 degrees
Types of edibles
Cannabis edibles are popular because they can provide relief from a variety of symptoms, and the effects last much longer than smoking. Cannabis is ingested in many different ways- topicals applied to the skin, sublingual (under the tongue), tinctures or drops placed under the tongue, inhalers used as an asthma treatment with cannabis oil added– but edibles represent one of the best options for medicinal users that don’t want to smoke high potency strains.
There are many different types of edibles. From cookies to brownies, homemade candies, and more, there is a wealth option for those that want an alternative means of ingestion outside of smoking or vaping.
The most popular edible in the US by far is marijuana-infused baked goods- think: cupcakes, muffins, cake pops– but other items like soda pop and even pasta sauces have been increasingly popping up on dispensary shelves as states legalize recreational cannabis use.
Edibles can also be made at home with little fuss – one option being using cannabutter which includes a three-step process (cooking butter until it melts then adding weed) and another involving making cannamilk from plant milk (hello vegan cannacream!)
But while edibles are a staple of cannabis culture, they can be tricky to make. This is because THC needs more time to absorb and the effects take longer than when smoking or vaping it.
Many mistakes may happen in making edibles – including using too much weed (resulting in negative side-effects like anxiety) not cooking long enough, forgetting the sugar content, and more – but there’s no need for edibles newbies to fret! We’ve compiled all our top tips into one handy blog post so you don’t have to learn your lessons from trial and error.
How do I use them?
Edibles are cannabis products that can be consumed to feel the effects of cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. They are typically made by infusing butter or oil with ground cannabis flower; this is called cannabutter and can also be infused with coconut oil (cannacoconut). Cannabutter has been shown to have higher levels of THC than regular butter because it contains no water molecules for the compound to bind to. Edible products may include cookies, brownies, honey sticks, fudge cakes, pie crusts – pretty much anything else you would use sugar/flour for!
The edibles market is booming right now so there’s an endless variety available on dispensary menus from chocolates, to gummies, popcorn, and even energy drinks.
There are many benefits of edibles; they can be a healthier option for those who want to avoid the high levels of tar that come from smoking cannabis or tobacco cigarettes. Edible products also last longer in your system because it takes about an hour before you feel any effects as opposed to 15 minutes when smoked. They’re also great if you have trouble with nausea since some oral medications work better on an empty stomach rather than one full of food.
Dos and don’ts of edibles
- Do not eat more than the suggested dose on a product label. It’s always better to stay within your recommended amount so you don’t overconsume, especially if this is your first time-consuming edibles!
- Don’t let others consume an edible that they haven’t tried before because it could be too intense for them. And DON’T forgets that there are minors in our lives now with access and opportunity to purchase cannabis products from dispensaries or adult stores where such items may be available; please keep edibles out of their reach!
- If someone has consumed too much, try giving them some water or milk and then take them into a soothing environment like the living room. The best thing to do is to have them lie down and put their feet elevated.
- You should never drive when you are under the influence of edibles, whether it’s an hour or six hours after consumption!
- If someone has consumed too many edibles, try giving them some water or milk and then take them into a soothing environment like the living room. The best thing to do is to have him or her lie down and put his/her head flat on a pillow that can be raised by putting pillows underneath his/her knees so they’re as high up as possible.
- Don’t eat more than the suggested dose on a product label. It’s always better not to go over your recommended amount because doing this can lead you to feel uncomfortable and even sick.
- If you live in a state where marijuana is legal, then edibles are the best way to consume cannabis without smoking it. Consuming edibles allows people with low tolerance to get high rather quickly by eating what would usually be considered an extremely small amount of weed!