What to know About Weed Edibles

The term “cannabis edibles” refers to an extensive category of foods and beverages infused with cannabis. Even though the markets are currently flooded with treats, drinks and goodies that have never been seen before, the idea of adding cannabis to foods is not a new concept. From traditional drinks from India, to the highly popular brownie, there are just so many ways to enjoy cannabis infused edibles.

But advances in technology have allowed for a greater range of options for infusing cannabinoids into foods. There are cooking oils & butters, chocolates, seasoning packets, sodas, breath mints, gummies, a wide selection of baked goods and many more options as well.

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Consuming cannabis as an edible is a preferred method of cannabis consumption for many people. One of the advantages of this delivery system is that it doesn’t fill the lungs and throat with smoke, irritants, resin and is carcinogenic. Furthermore, it is also an easy method of consumption to control as portions can be measured exactly and everyone knows how to eat and drink.

Another important difference between edibles and smoked herb is the delivery time and effects. Because the cannabinoids in an edible will have to clear the digestive system including the massive metabolism of the liver, they will take a longer time to reach the bloodstream and produce the desired effects.

The effects may also build gradually over several hours coming to a peak to gently fade out. The effects can be felt anywhere from 8 hours to a full day depending on the individual’s sensitivity to cannabinoids and the amount ingested.

If you are new to the cannabis scene and interested in cannabis edibles, this is the guide for you. We will discuss how to find the right product for your needs.

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How to try edibles for the first time

As with trying anything for the first time, trying cannabis edibles can be a challenging task, but it’s always a good idea to take things slow and intuitively for best results. Here are the most important pieces of advice for those looking to get the most from their experience with cannabis edibles.

  • Try edibles with both THC and CBD
  • Look for products that are easy to dose
  • Start with 2 mg of THC or less
  • Wait two hours before consuming more, preferably 24 hours
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Step one: Choose your cannabinoid

The active ingredients in the cannabis flower that provides its signature effects are synthesized in the most sophisticated chemical laboratories on the planet. Cannabinoids are produced within the human body (endocannabinoids) and produced in the cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids).

Typically, we refer to phyto-cannabinoids as cannabinoids. Only recently has medical-science been exploring the vast and fascinating interactions these impressive compounds have on the body’s chemistry. While more studies will have to be completed, we know that cannabinoids have the potential to boost sleep quality, counteract inflammation and reduce the effects of anxiety.

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There could be anywhere between 100 and 300 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and it is a topic worth investigating as each has its own special properties and effects. But for the sake of simplicity, the following article will focus on the two most well-known cannabinoids, THC and CBD.

The cannabinoid that provides the signature “high” responsible for the notoriety of cannabis and the series of hilarious “Cheech and Chong” movies, is THC. THC —Tetrahydrocannabinol — is the most plentiful cannabinoid in the plant and known to produce a wide range of feelings including, but not limited to, euphoria, relaxation, creativity and even pain relief. some of the effects that can make certain people uncomfortable include confusion, loss of short-term memory, affected perception of time and an increased heart rate.

THC is the cannabinoid to choose to feel the effects of the marijuana plant in their full form. The best way to enjoy the full effects in a comfortable and controlled manner, is by taking small doses and choosing a full-spectrum product.

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The no-nonsense cousin of THC, is CBD — cannabidiol. But contrary to popular belief, CBD does have psychoactive effects, but just not the same types as THC. Technically, anything that alters the chemistry of the brain is a psychoactive agent, and that includes CBD. CBD has become an important ingredient in an FDA-Approved Medication to treat Epilepsy — Epidiolex. Nevertheless, you will not be able to take CBD to produce the same type of euphoric feelings that you may expect from THC. Even though the effects of CBD may not be as noticeable, the anxiety relief from CBD is far more powerful.

If you are looking for an experience where you enjoy the soothing sense of well-being, without any of the noticeable changes, CBD edibles are a good idea for you.

Of course, you can choose a balanced effect somewhere between the two as well. The effects of CBD and THC tend to balance each other out when taken together. When taken with CBD, THC loses the effect of paranoia that often accompanies the experience. This is a good option for cannabis newcomers looking to step slowly into the cannabis experience.

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STEP TWO: GET TO KNOW THE MILLIGRAM

Making an accurate assumption on how strong an edible will affect you can help you choose the perfect dosage for your desired effect. To do this, get to know the milligram. The strength of any cannabis infused edible will be measured in milligrams(mg). You want to figure out the exact number of milligrams you need to reach the desired effect and not begin experiencing any of the unpleasant side effects.

Begin small and explore your experience intuitively. A good place to begin, especially if this is your first-time trying THC-infused cannabis edibles, is 2mg. THC will affect everyone in different ways, but 2mg, can generally be considered a micro-dose. More than this may cause you to feel more intoxicated than you would like and you may feel the effects for longer than you anticipated.

The worst that can happen if you take only 2 mg of THC is that you may not feel anything, but this is better than calling emergency services because you believe you are transcending to a higher dimension.

If you are planning on trying CBD edibles, you can feel free to kick this number up o a full 10mg. Because CBD has a very subtle effect, you don’t have to worry that your smooth mental function or sensory perception will be impaired in any way. On this note, it is always best to purchase your edibles from licensed dispensaries. You can count on greater accuracy in the contents listed on the label.

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Step three: pick your product

Are you only interested in gummies? Or are you looking for a way to enjoy the whole cannabis experience without having to risk your lungs? You will find a very extensive range of products and experiences on the market today and it is a good idea to shop around.

For the classic ingested experiences, chocolates and gummies are a good choice. They are both tasty to consume and deliver a tangible effect in as little as 20 to 30 minutes. You will find that legal markets everywhere sell low-dose options which are always a nice way to begin the weed experience.

If you are looking for something that kicks in a little faster than that, try a cannabis infused beverage. You may not find such an extensive range of low-dose cannabis beverages. The beverage category is primarily dedicated to experienced cannabis consumers, but you are sure to find something that can be enjoyed in smaller amounts. The effects can kick in much faster with cannabis beverages. By 30 minutes they will be in full swing.

No matter how you plan on doing this, if you look for a product that is easier to dose, you will have more control over the experience and be another step closer to finding your perfect dose.

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Step four: exercise patience

As mentioned, ingested cannabinoids will make their way through the digestive system and this can mean it will take longer to feel their effects. If you have some experience in smoking cannabis flower, you may be aware that the effects are felt very quickly. This is not how it works with ingested products. It is important to be aware of this and not begin ingesting more THC to “start the party.”

The best plan is to begin with a smaller dose and wait a full two hours before you try taking a little more. You may even choose to allow a full 24 hours to pass before ingesting a larger dose. You can then begin each session by increasing the dosage by no more than 50% of whatever you took the previous time. Soon you will get a good idea of what works for you and begin to enjoy predictable and controllable intoxication.

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MAKING WEED EDIBLES AT HOME

You will also find a great many tutorial videos on how you can make your own canna-butter and cannabis products. But the real question is, “should you?”

While making the products yourself is fairly easy, carefully creating a specific quantity is not so simple. This might be something you could try after you have gained some experience and tolerance to THC and its potent effects.

We recommend you select licensed, lab tested products to set the benchmarks for your cannabis experience. After you know what you are looking for, you will have a better frame of reference to begin your own adventures.

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