Humanity has benefited from marijuana’s recreational and curative properties for several millennia already. In modern times, people are inventing more and more creative ways to savor the herb. One of these is by infusing it in food items. Edibles, as these canna-treats are called, are ingested orally and metabolized in the gastrointestinal tract. Although the onset of the effects is delayed, the high is more potent and lasts much longer than smoking or vaping.
Kinds Of Marijuana Edibles
These palatable canna-treats can be categorized into two broad types: solid food and beverages. Either of the two could contain only THC or CBD.
Edibles laced with THC are consumed mostly for recreation due to the more profound high it exerts. Meanwhile, CBD-only edibles do not cause psychoactive effects and are popular among patients looking for long-lasting symptom relief.
Pot brownies are the most common solid edibles sold in the market. So, it is not hard to see why some would have the misconception that edibles are limited to brownies and the likes. But the truth is, just about any kind of food can be infused with cannabis extracts, so long as it contains oil because cannabinoids are fat-soluble.
Solid edibles can either be further categorized into:
- Breakfast. THC-infused granola bars, cereals, and toast are perfect for those who like to start their mornings with an energetic high. After all, having weed edibles for breakfast takes “waking and baking” to a whole new level.
- Baked goods. Butter is a mainstay in baking. And since cannabinoids adhere pretty quickly to fats like butter, it is easy to incorporate it into baked goods such as brownies, cookies, cakes, muffins, and bread, among others. Baking these treats is fun, but getting baked after savoring it is even more pleasurable.
Note: Pair these baked goods with your favorite cup of coffee (or tea) for an extra zing.
- Sweets. Sweet-toothed tokers who are not fond of the weed’s herbal taste would not be able to resist the temptation of THC-laced sweets. There are plenty of choices such as candies, gummy bears, chocolates, or even truffles.
- Snacks. With the right technique or recipe, you can now turn just about any snack into a canna-treat. Enjoy Netflix and a chill kind of vibe with your favorite THC snacks such as pizza, popcorn, chips, ice cream, etc., and eat your way into a satisfying high.
- Savory dishes. This is perhaps the most unusual yet delicious edibles out there. If you prefer the taste of umami over sweet treats, then you are better off pairing THC extracts with savory dishes like beef jerky and other viands.
The oh-so-versatile weed can also be enjoyed as thirst quenchers. This kind of refreshment is the perfect companion when working out or enjoying a relaxing afternoon.
- Soda. Ice-cold carbonated drinks are best enjoyed during summer. And if you feel like gulping a bottle of soda and getting high at the same time, then pot sodas are perfect for you. Not only does it drown out the herbal taste of the herb, but it also satisfies the tastebud with sweet, fruity flavors.
- Coffee. For some people, functioning well without coffee in their system is virtually impossible. If you are a coffee-lover, who would like to take the stimulation to a whole new level, consider trying weed-infused coffee. Instead of brewing it with plain water, add buds, weed trimmings, or cannabis extracts, and you’ll be tripping on a brand new kind of high.
- Tea. Tea is a healthful drink in itself, but with weed added, each sip becomes better. Marijuana’s herbal tang gives the tea a deeper and more intense earthy flavor with a spicy aftertaste. Not only that – it also augments its health benefits as the cannabinoids interact with its caffeine content. Even better, it exerts an intense, long-lasting high.
- Energy drinks. If you’re not a fan of either tea or coffee, but you still want to feel energized, then cannabis energy drinks are the right choice for you. It gives the much-needed burst of energy with a twist of a stimulating, focus-enhancing high.
- Smoothies. Smoothies made from fruits and vegetables are a great way to get your daily fix of protein, vitamin K, calcium, and other nutrients. Add weed or canna-oils to it, and you’ll surely take its health benefits up several notches. This refreshment is perfect for those who don’t have a lot of time to prepare a meal. Simply toss in your ingredients in the blender and let it do the work for you.
No one likes eating bland food, and that is precisely why condiments were invented. It turns ordinary food into mouth-watering masterpieces by adding a whole lot of flavors – ranging from sweet, tart, spicy, to even zesty.
Just by adding ample doses of canna-oils or weed extracts on these condiments, you can spice up any dish and turn it into a euphoria-inducing or medicated tasty meal.
- Barbecue sauce
- Teriyaki sauce
- Steak sauce
- Salad dressing
Proper Dosing With Edibles
Eating and toking weed are some of life’s greatest pleasures. Combine the two, and you will get to know utter bliss. No matter how tasty these cannabis treats are, however, you should not let its euphoria-inducing scrumptiousness seduce you into dosing more than necessary.
Otherwise, what is supposedly a smooth-sailing journey on cloud nine may end up becoming a bad trip. Excessive THC can send you into overdrive, resulting in unwanted side effects such as paranoia, hallucinations, nausea, and increased heart rate.
The Right Dose Varies Per Individual
Cannabinoids affect each person differently. What may be an intense high for one might be barely noticeable for another. This is because every person has a unique internal physiologic environment that can influence how the body reacts to the substance.
For instance, the sensitivity of your endocannabinoid system determines how much dosage is needed to feel the herb’s effects. For those with high sensitivity, a little goes a long way, while those with low sensitivity would need more amount than usual for them to feel the high. How frequent you consume marijuana influences this sensitivity threshold because regular users are likely to have developed tolerance over time.
Finding the “sweet spot” that works best for you may take several trials and errors. However, knowing the recommended dosage based on experience is beneficial in establishing the baseline. Then from there, you could slowly work your way up to your preferred intensity of high. The key here is to start low and go slow. Always read the label of the edible and pay attention to how much milligrams of THC are in one serving.
In general, neophytes are advised to dose no more than 2.5mg per serving on their first try. For regular users, though, 10 mg is a great starting point.
|Desired Level of Effect||Minimal Tolerance (First-timers)||Moderate Tolerance (Uses 1-3 times/week)||High Tolerance (Daily user)|
|Mild||1- 2.5 mg||3 – 6 mg||10 mg|
|Moderate||3 – 5 mg||7 – 12 mg||11 – 15 mg|
|Intense||6 – 10 mg||13 – 20 mg||16 – 30 mg|
Overcoming A Bad Trip
In case you accidentally consumed more edible than you intended to, it is crucial to stay calm as much as possible. Know that the adverse effects you are experiencing will soon pass. So just take a deep breath, keep yourself hydrated, and try to take a nap. If all else failed to alleviate the negative offshoots, try vaporizing CBD oil – one with little to no trace of THC. For every 5 mg of THC ingested, counter it with 15 to 20 mg of CBD.