Edibles are cannabis-infused food and drinks. Edibles are steadily gaining popularity as a healthy and effective alternative to smoking, especially among new consumers and those that want to feel the effects of cannabis without having to smoke.
But before you go eating up all the edible treats you can find, there are a few things you should know.
What are Edibles?
Edibles, sometimes referred to as “medibles” refer to cannabis-infused foods.
These food items contain “activated” cannabinoids such as THC and/or CBD.
Today, you can find almost any food item you can think of infused with cannabis. There’s baked goods, chocolates, caramels, and gummies just to name a few.
What's the difference between eating and smoking cannabis?
The main difference between the two is the time it takes to feel the effects and the duration.
When cannabis is smoked, the effects are felt immediately and last about 2-3 hours.
When cannabis is eaten in the form an edible, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes all the way up to 2 hours to feel the effects. It is important to remember this so you can avoid eating too much, which can result in a very unpleasant experience. Edibles also last longer than smoking, lasting anywhere from 4-8 hours.
How much should I eat?
With edibles, it is recommended to start low and go slow. Beginners should start with a dose of 2.5-5mg and wait at least 2 hours before ingesting more.
Most bad experiences that happen from edibles are a result of this rule not being followed.
Always pay close attention to the serving size of your edibles. Some producers make single gummies containing 50mg of THC, while others offer packs of gummies with each gummy containing just 5mg of THC.
So before eating that whole gummy or chocolate bar, double check the amount of THC it contains so you don’t end up getting way too high.
What if I get too high?
This happens to the best of us, but luckily, you can’t lethally overdose on weed. If you find yourself feeling way too stoned off edibles, try and stay calm and remember that you’re not going to die.
While there is no quick fix to remedy feeling too stoned, there are a couple of methods we have found to be helpful.
- Drink lots of water
- Try taking a nap
- Take a cold shower
- Take a few deep breaths
- Take some CBD (CBD reduces the psychoactive effects of THC)
Benefits of Edibles
For consumers who are new to cannabis and might be hesitant to smoke, edibles are a great introduction to cannabis.
Some of the benefits of edibles include:
- Measured dosage
- Longer effects compared to smoking
- Convenience (you can eat an edible practically anywhere)
- No extra equipment required
- They taste delicious
So whether you’re looking for an alternative to smoking or simply love tasty food infused with cannabis, edibles are a great option for all cannabis lovers.