Cannabis-based food products, better known as edibles, come in different forms like gummies, lollipops, and brownies. They typically contain marijuana’s intoxicating active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but you can also find CBD edibles that don’t have psychoactive effects.
With Canada legalizing the use of cannabis for both recreational medicinal purposes, edibles are rising in popularity. Even better, it is a healthier alternative for people looking to experience a high without damaging their lungs by smoking.
Edibles take longer to kick in than smoking or vaping cannabis, and your edibles experience may differ from when you use other cannabis products. Keep reading to learn more about edibles, including what they are, preparation, dosages, and tips.
What Are Edibles, and How Are They Made?
The history of marijuana-infused drinks and food dates all the way back to 1000 B.C. It was used as medicine in India and China and was later introduced to Western medicine in the early 19th century. Today, adults in Canada and select U.S. states can legally enjoy THC edibles recreationally.
In Canada, the market saw a burst of edible product production after the legalization of marijuana ranging from gummies to candies, chocolates, premade baked goods, capsules, teas, and oils. When it comes to buying edibles in Canada, you can find them at in-store dispensaries and online.
Furthermore, edible enthusiasts can make their own marijuana products at home by infusing marijuana into butter or oil and then using it in baked goods and other recipes. Here’s how you can make cannabutter at home:
Start by combining butter and water in a pot over low heat. Once the butter melts, mix in ground cannabis and simmer for two-three hours. Stir the mixture occasionally so that it doesn’t come to a boil. It will further ensure the even distribution of THC throughout the butter. You can use and store cannabutter just like you do regular butter.
Here are three marijuana edibles recipes you can try after you prepare your cannabutter. Remember that edibles feature a delayed onset that can range up to three hours, so it’s safe to start small when consuming.
- Vegan Paleo Pot Weed Brownies
- Green Macaroni and Cheese
- Sugared Doughnut Holes
Understanding Edible Dosages
Unlike cannabis flower or concentrate, producers measure edible potency in milligrams of cannabinoids in the product instead, not the percentage of cannabinoid strength. Legal marijuana edibles package will usually highlight both milligrams of THC and CBD per serving alongside the total milligrams in the entire package.
Edibles come in a wide array of CBD-to-THC ratios. While edibles with higher CBD concentration are less intoxicating than edibles with no CBD, intoxication is mainly dependent on the amount of THC you consume.
The recommended dose for beginners is one to five milligrams of THC. If you are a beginner, start with a dose of 5 milligrams and then wait to analyze the effects.
In the end, the ideal edible dosage for you will depend on numerous factors such as your tolerance, body chemistry, the experience you are looking for, etc.
Tips for a Feel-good Edibles High
Generally, edibles take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to kick in. Nevertheless, the onsite time can vary depending on various factors like the active ingredients—a higher concentration of THC results in faster effects. As CBD isn’t psychoactive, it might be hard to recognize when CBD edibles have taken effect.
In the case of both CBD and THC edibles, the onset time also depends on where they are broken down in your body and absorbed into the bloodstream. For instance, chewable edibles take longer to kick in as they are absorbed through the digestive system while gum, lozenges, and lollipops kick in faster because they’re sublingually absorbed.
The potential side effects of consuming too much of an edible depend on the active ingredient. High doses of THC edibles lead to unpleasant symptoms that can last up to several hours. A few symptoms associated with edible cannabis overdose are:
- Cognitive and motor impairment
- Agitation and anxiety
- Delusions and psychosis
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased heart stress.
The known side-effects of taking too much CBD include:
- Change in weight and appetite.
Enjoy Edibles Safely
A lot of people enjoy consuming marijuana edibles to relax and ease stress, while some take it for medicinal purposes. Either way, it’s essential that you use safe products and choose appropriate dosages to avoid unwanted complications. If you are using edibles to treat a medical condition, it is best to consult a healthcare provider.
Furthermore, evaluate the manufacturer carefully before purchasing edibles. Legal and reputable edible manufacturers are quite transparent about the content of their products.