Edibles 101: Full Guide to Cannabis Edibles

The notorious pot brownies may be what most people think of when it comes to weed edibles. However, the legalization of cannabis has opened the doors for companies to get all kinds of creative with mixing cannabis and food. If you’ve only ever got your dose of cannabinoids from smoking, you might just be missing out on an entirely different level of euphoria. Here’s our guide to get you started.

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What Are Edibles?

Put simply, cannabis edibles are food products that contain cannabinoids. Most who mention weed edibles are specifically referring to a food product containing THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). From food to drinks, the spectrum of edibles is just as vast as you can imagine—just about any type of food or beverage can be infused with cannabis or THC. It is worth noting, CBD edibles are often referred to as “edibles.”

Cannabis edibles can deliver a more intense, longer-lasting effect. So, getting familiar with what to expect, what to eat, and what to look for with dosage is a good plan of action before your THC-infused chow down.

A Look at Weed Edible Types

Pretty much anything that you can eat can be transformed into some type of edible. Here’s a look at some of the most common types you’ll find available in dispensaries:

  • Beverages – Seltzers, beverage enhancers, shots
  • Baked Goods – Brownies, cookies, cakes
  • Hard Candy – Mints, lollipops, lozenges
  • Savory Snacks – Chips, jerky, crackers
  • Gummies – Gummy bears, chews, or drops
  • Gourmet Candy – Chocolate bars, caramels, chews

As a side note, some people refer to anything that is ingested as a cannabis edible, which would essentially include things like THC capsules or ingestible oils.

How to Make Weed Edibles

Making DIY weed edibles can be a lot of fun and perfectly safe with a little caution. While there are a ton of ways you can create your own edibles, using a good THC oil or tincture is one of the easiest. For example, you could add a few drops of THC tincture to homemade brownies or your own cannabis mocktails. Just be sure you calculate how much THC will be in each serving to keep the consumers from getting too big of a dose. You can also take the more traditional route of using raw flower, but this does involve decarboxylation to “activate” the THC and takes a little more time and effort.

Dosing Weed Edibles

Dosing edibles can take a little trial and error, and you definitely want to start with a lower dose if you’ve not had the experience. If you have never tried edibles, a good place to start is between 2.5 and 5mg of THC, which is considered the lowest effective dose. You will find some edibles with even lower concentrations of THC, but a lot of them offer between 10 and 15mg of THC per serving.

The 10 to 15mg range is a good starting point for someone who is well-experienced with cannabis. Doses over 20mg can produce some pretty intense effects—effects not for the faint of heart like severe paranoia or slurred speech. So, pay attention to potency levels and serving sizes to make sure you’re getting a good but not over-the-top dose. If you’re new to edibles, be sure to give yourself enough time (two to three hours) to know how the effects will be before you go back for seconds.

Weed Edibles Q&As

How long does it take for edibles to kick in?

Most edibles have to be broken down by the digestive system before they take effect. Therefore, you probably won’t feel anything right off. In fact, you can expect the full effects to hit about an hour after consumption. One exception is infused hard candies—these tend to kick in between 15 and 45 minutes because some of the THC is naturally delivered sublingually. The general timeline to remember is between 30 and 90 minutes with most other types of edibles.

How long do edibles last?

The duration of effects can vary depending on your metabolism, potency, and even the type of edible. However, keep in mind, the effects of edibles tend to last much longer than the effects of smoking or vaping THC. While smoking or vaping may yield a high that lasts between an hour or four, edibles may last for six hours or longer. So make sure you’ve carved out enough time for those effects to pass before you have to drive, go to work, or do anything that requires your full focus.

How long do edibles stay in your system?

It’s not unheard of for people to feel the lingering effects of an edible 12 hours or more after consumption. Edibles take longer to process, so you may notice a little residual relaxation or fatigue even after you suspect the high has worn off. The metabolites of THC can stay in your system for a lot longer, though, even though the euphoric effects will long be gone. THC is detectable in urine for as little as three days to up to a month or longer.

Do weed edibles taste like weed?

It can depend on the edible. Some edibles can taste very much like cannabis, while some mask the flavor of cannabis so well that you will never know the difference. For example, something like an edible chocolate bar infused with cannabis may taste nothing like actual cannabis—chocolate masks the flavor well. But, something like an infused gummy might have a telltale cannabis taste. Flavor can also vary depending on potency; a high-potency edible may be more likely to taste like weed.

Find Your Way to an Impressive Edible Collection

Without question, edibles offer a totally new way to experience weed. If you have yet to try edibles or you are a well-experienced edibles pro, be sure to take a look at our collection at Silver Therapeutics. From cannabis-infused delectable treats like brownies and cookies to more modern concoctions like THC-infused seltzers, our menu has a bit of something for every customer. Don’t forget, you can reserve your order online for pickup!

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