There’s no doubt that when someone says cannabis, one of your first thoughts is about smoking it. Even when most people first log into our site, the first thing they tend to through is our flower selection, and who can blame them? Canadian weed has its name for a reason – particularly BC Bud. However, today we want to talk about edibles and where their place is – particularly for those who have been looking to try, but have no clue where to start.
What are edibles?
Edibles are ingestible food items that are infused with cannabis. If we look back a number of years, most marijuana edibles would be associated with brownies or cookies. Nowadays, most food items can be incorporated with cannabis, such as gummies, lollipops, and even chips.
What’s the difference between smoking or eating?
The first difference would be the time that it takes to kick in. After smoking, there’s generally a very small buffer period and you’re high before you know it. With edibles, however, it takes longer for your body to absorb the THC – sometimes this can take anywhere from 30-90 minutes.
The second difference is the type of high that you feel. Many would say that the high they receive from edibles is a lot more intense than if the same amount were to be smoked. The type of high received from edibles is also more of a full body high as opposed to the head high you would get from smoking.
The last thing is that THC effects can actually last longer when you ingest an edible. When smoking, the general guideline is about 2-3 hours before you’re fully functional again, but with edibles, that threshold is extended to about 4-6 hours depending on how your body chemistry broke down the THC compounds.
How to set up for the best edible experience:
Like with everything, start small. 10mg would be a good idea to start with, wait a couple hours, and then take more if needed. Your edibles should be labelled with the dosage and if one piece is dosed too high for you, feel free to half or quarter it!
Try to eat a small snack before eating your edible, as effects are normally heightened when taken on an empty stomach. When trying something new for the first time, having the heightened experience isn’t always the best or safest idea!
Get comfortable and make sure that you have nothing to do. As previously mentioned, these effects last longer than if you were to smoke it and nothing ruins a high like having something to do when you really don’t want to do it. Take this as some time for self care and enjoy the high!
All in all, it’s a new experience so we hope that with these tips, you’ll be able to give edibles a try with peace of mind! The most popular use that we’ve seen from our customers is having a low-dosed (5-10mg) edible an hour before bed. Best. Sleep. Ever.
Have any questions? Let us know in the comments section!