Cannabis food is a trend in the culinary world that is slowly catching on with plenty of curious and connoisseurs who are not into smoking cannabis but would still like to experience the psychedelic effects of recreational cannabis in a more discrete manner, or for those who are into marijuana’s medical use.
Consuming edibles can be an easy and enjoyable experience, but they can be intimidating too. Especially if you’ve never tried them or have had a negative experience. Fortunately, ensuring an enjoyable, safe and responsible experience is easy.
What Are The Different Types Of Edibles?
There are plenty of cannabis edibles, including some classic options such as baked goods like brownies and cookies, and other types of candy such as gummy bears. However, it is possible to prepare any food with marijuana, and some of the most innovative savory snacks on the legal market are chocolate bars, candies, potato chips, lemonade, truffles, coffee, and even honey.
When consuming cannabis edibles, unlike smoking or vaping, cannabis compounds pass into the bloodstream through the digestive system. Because of this, they take much longer to take effect.
Gummies (which are also vegan because of their natural compounds) are the best option for correct dosage, unlike other edible cannabis products. This is an edible product that you should have knowledge about if you are into medical cannabis, given that gummies are mainly used for that purpose.
The margin of error in the production of a gummy per unit is practically nil, and its size helps perfectly to adapt small doses.
They are known as “happy brownies” and are probably the most popular edible cannabis product. When you consume cannabis brownies, the nervous system begins to be activated; it also gives the taste buds certain stimulations to taste its bitter-sweet flavor. It takes 30 to 90 minutes for a brownie to take effect. It is recommended to have just one edible dose of brownies, which goes from 5 to 10 mg.
Cookies are also among the most popular edibles, perfect for a sweet tooth, but beware: it is much easier to overdo it with a cookie than with a brownie or cake. This is because, some can be of lower dose, leading you to eat several of them. Also, a single cookie can contain more than one dose of THC, so you might have to break it into portions.
If you don’t want to wait for two to three hours to get the desired effects, you can use hard candy instead. Its effect is faster because it falls into the category of sublingual absorption: the component is absorbed through blood vessels, which makes it skip the hepatic metabolic process, entering the systemic circulation directly.
What Type of Edible Should You Try?
HealthCanal provides an answer to this question in many of its content, saying that it will depend on the purpose of the edible, as Cannabis plants have different strains, each with their own, different effects, but let’s dive deeper here
Sativa strains have a stimulant effect, so they tend to be uplifting. It gives a more euphoric effect, makes you feel more creative, and gives you a kind of stimulating psychoactive effect.
Indica strains work as sedatives, and they are primarily used as a treatment for chronic pain, insomnia (OG Kush an Indica strain is used to treat sleep disorders, for example), and even for anxiety.
Hybrid cannabis is produced when different types of cannabis (Indica/Sativa) are combined to create a new variety. Most cannabis strains today are hybrids. By combining Sativa and Indica, a plant will show the genetic properties of both, meaning that it will have sedative and stimulant effects.
Cannabis ingestible oils are used for therapeutic purposes, i.e they can be used as an effective anti-seizure medication. For those who do not wish to consume THC, this is the go-to option.
It is recommended to learn about the effects and other pertinent information before deciding which type of edible to consume.
Recommended Edible Dosing
If you can buy groceries with a marked dosage, knowing how much to eat will be easy. You just follow the instructions on the package and modify the serving size to suit your needs. As a general rule, it’s better for you to stick to the following dosages depending on your goals and level of experience:
- Microdose (2.5mg THC): a great starter dose for newcomers to edible products. It produces a mildly uplifting effect and improves concentration, as well as calming anxiety.
- Low dose (5mg THC): A dose of this size induces a more stimulating and invigorating effect. You may also experience an increase in creativity or sociability.
- Normal dose (10mg THC): What is usually considered a standard THC dose. After ingestion, it usually takes effect after about an hour and produces relaxing feelings that last 4-6 hours, depending on your metabolism.
- High dose (+25mg THC): Therapeutic users and people with a high tolerance level may need 25mg or more THC to feel a substantial effect. But for novices, this amount could cause psychoactive effects.
While dosing your home edibles is a bit more complicated, you’ll be able to calculate how much THC you put in your edibles, as long as you know the THC/CBD percentage the herb contains.
Edibles are becoming more popular with every passing day, as they are a less lung-damaging method of consuming marijuana. Still, they do have a few drawbacks. But if you are well informed, you can easily avoid the unpleasant side effects they can cause.
It’s a matter of dosing the right way. If it’s your first time eating marijuana edibles, it’s best to follow what’s on the package, as beginners have low tolerance and a lot more cerebral stimulation on doses that could have faint effects on more experienced Cannabis consumers. Also, remember that marijuana can interfere with other medications, so you should always consult your doctor before its consumption.