Cannabis can only be smoked or vaped. That’s what most people believe. Everybody has heard, though, about the amazing space cakes that our ancestors would cook; the “magic” cakes that would take those who dared to eat them on unforgettable spiritual and psychedelic trips. Nowadays, with the use of marijuana being less frowned upon worldwide, many new cannabis-infused beverages and foodstuffs have hit the shelves so we can all enjoy the active substances of marijuana. Below you’ll find the most common weed edibles as well as some tips on how to prepare them, consume them, and where to find them in U.S. legal cannabis dispensaries.
Definition of weed edible
Cannabis-based foods available in U.S. marijuana dispensaries are drinkable and edible products whose cannabinoid content has to be clearly indicated on the label or packaging. They come in varying formats, colors, aromas, tastes, and, of course, in different strengths depending on the concentration and the active substances in them. The most common ones are brownies, cakes, candies, gummies, cookies, chewing-gums, jams, beverages… which can all be consumed for therapeutic or recreational purposes. They make a great option for those who wish to feel the effects of marijuana but aren't really into smoking.
Precautions when consuming cannabis edibles
Many of us fall victim to the same mistake: we eat too much of something misjudging the effect it can have on us and the truth is that cannabis-infused edibles hit you for good, far more than an ordinary joint. So much so that, since the legalization of weed in the state of Colorado, pot poisoning incidents associated with the consumption of cannabis edibles have become more and more common.
Users consumed these foodstuffs unaware of the effects the dosage would have on them. The problem is that its effect is not instantaneous. It takes from 45 to 90 minutes to grab hold and the trip can last for 8-9 hours. That's why commercial edible producers had to choice but to lower the dosage levels.
Our advice for those who want to ingest a cannabis-based product is to start with a small bite or sip and wait for some time until the buzz kicks in. It's important to calculate the potency and duration of the dose in it as well as the different effects it has on us in particular. Ideally, we recommend having the same dose during some days in a row so as to analyze the effects over a longer period.
If it feels good and the effect is barely noticeable, then you can increase the amount. However, it's better to be cautious and take safe steps. If you decide to cook your own edibles, be careful and use a very small amount of weed. You can always increase the dose later on.
If the buzz is too strong, though, the effects could take a few hours to disappear. When stoned, the best you can do is watch a film or listen to some music to get distracted. Keep lots of water and a sugary cookie on hand to take the edge off your high more quickly as well.
Should the effect fail to vanish, try taking a nap. The golden rule is: don't freak out. Gain control over yourself and keep calm. CBD is known for counteracting the effects of THC, but not in this particular case. It won't help you get back on your feet.
The route of administration being different means that THC is metabolized more slowly when ingested than when smoked. Unlike smoking cannabis, where the effect takes hold almost instantaneously because cannabinoids enter the blood very quickly, the stomach needs more time to metabolize weed-laced edibles. The duality of both metabolic processes makes it difficult to know exactly when, how hard, and how long the buzz will kick in.
Weed edibles in U.S. dispensaries
Cannabis dispensaries across the States offer a wide variety of marijuana-infused edibles made with the best strains nowadays available on the market. From pastries such as cookies, brownies, fruit pies to chewing gums, lollipops, and candies, but also chocolate bars, honey, spreadable fats, and loads of beverages.
Obviously, the packaging of all these products indicates each and every one of the ingredients and active substances in them, complying with very specific labeling requirements.
For our pleasant evening not to turn into a pretty bad one, we're better off erring on the safe side when ingesting marijuana. If you stick to our rules, a pleasant evening of giggling and silliness is what you'll get.