Edibles are any food product that has been infused with cannabis flower or concentrates. Edibles can include anything from beverages and oil, to baked goods and candy. Many people who opt for edibles do so because it removes the need to smoke flower to feel the effects, and many describe the “body high” to be very different from the “head high” they experience when smoking.
It’s important to be aware of how edibles interact with your body to ensure that you don’t get too high and especially not if it’s your first time indulging. Fear not, if you do get too high (aka you feel like you’re greening out) we have some handy tips for how to get through it over on our blog.
As Medical Jane explains, “edibles can all be split into three basic categories: those geared towards gastrointestinal uptake (digested through the stomach), those geared towards oral uptake (through saliva), and a few that fit into a hybrid category that targets both.”
When you’re snacking on infused brownies, cookies or something similar, these goodies fall into the gastrointestinal category. What does that mean? Simply, the THC is absorbed through your stomach. These types of edibles typically take longer for you to feel the effects (sometimes up to two hours later), but the effects can linger for up to 8 hours. Try the Euphoria Extractions CBD cookies or Mota’s milk chocolate Oreos.
On the other hand, edibles that you hold in your mouth, such as a sucker or tincture, fall into the oral category and the effects can be felt almost immediately. The downside to oral uptake edibles is the effects tend to wear off within two to three hours, meaning you need to dose again a lot sooner. Try CBDMove’s flavored CBD tincture or Mota’s hard candies.
Then there are hybrids, such as infused drinks or chocolate bars, which are designed to be absorbed in both the mouth and the stomach. These type of edibles offer fast-acting effects that typically last for four hours or more. They’re are the perfect middle ground! Try the Euphoria Extractions milk chocolate shatterbars or the Mota’s iced tea mix.
Now that we understand what edibles are and how they affect our body, how do you decide how much to take your first time? 5mg? 10 mg? 20 mg? When you’re considering taking edibles, consider these five tips to ensure you enjoy the experience.
Like anything, enjoy edibles in moderation. Educate yourself on how different products interact with your body, try out new types to see what effects have the most benefit for you and above all, have fun with it!
What are your go to edibles?