Food is firmly engrained in everyday life. So maybe it’s not surprising that we humans would find fun ways to infuse cannabis into our food(s) of choice, in the process forming a new type of cannabis product: the edible.
What are Edibles?
Edibles are foods that’ve been infused with a cannabis extract of some kind. In the traditional cannabis industry, edibles typically fall into one of these categories:
- Baked goods like cookies, brownies, and granola bars
- Candies like chocolate, gummies and mints
- Health foods like protein & energy bars
Edibles can be either THC or CBD-centric, and some edibles contain them both! Most edibles derive their cannabinoid content from cannabis oil, though this too may vary.
Either way, edibles often contain a low dose of cannabinoids to make sure users don’t accidentally take too much.
How long do Edibles take to kick in?
After all, edibles kick in so slowly that it’s easy to take too much. They may take up to 2-4 hours to really reach their peak — that’s courtesy of digestion and liver metabolism. Because of the way their processed, edibles grant one access to unique cannabinoid metabolites that can’t be obtained any other way. These metabolites have slightly different mental and physical effects than normal THC and CBD.
It can be a love-it-or-hate-it type thing. If you can get your dosing right, though, edibles might be a great choice for you.
What are the benefits of Edibles?
Edibles have many benefits, some of them highly practical. They’re a favorite of those who prefer being discrete with their hemp/cannabis use. Edibles may also be ideal for those with gut health problems because they allow more cannabinoids to make it to the digestive system intact. Finally, edibles make cannabis micro-dosing fun and simple.
Where can Edibles be purchased?
THC-based edibles can be found at cannabis dispensaries; these dispensaries often also sell cannabis-infused butters and oils so people can make edibles at home. CBD-based edibles are also available at dispensaries.
Just look for edible products that contain healthy ingredients (some brands actually put artificial colors or flavors in theirs!) and full spectrum hemp extract. Bonus points for edibles that take advantage of multi-plant entourage effects...like those that occur between cannabis and cocoa.