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Cannabis edibles are becoming increasingly popular in US and Canada, and for a good reason – they offer a unique way to consume cannabis that can provide different effects than smoking. If you’re new to cannabis edibles, you should know a few things before you try them. Rick Sanchez, production manager at BC Weed Edible (Online Dispensary in Canada) shares with us the most important things to know before indulging in delicious cannabis treats!
Are Edibles Good For You Or Nor?
The answer may not be as simple as you think. Proponents of marijuana argue that the plant is a natural and effective way to treat various ailments, while opponents point to the potential risks of long-term use. So, what’s the truth? Below, we take a look at the evidence to see if cannabis edibles are good for you or not.
Marijuana plants contain hundreds of different compounds, including over 100 cannabinoids. THC is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, and it is this substance that produces the ‘high’ associated with smoking weed. Cannabidiol (CBD) is another cannabinoid that has received much attention in recent years for its potential medicinal properties. CBD is thought to have anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and seizure-reducing effects, though more research is needed to confirm these claims.
Cannabis Edibles Can Interfere With Medication
Cannabis edibles are becoming increasingly popular as more states legalize marijuana for recreational and medicinal use. However, these edible products can interfere with medication in several different ways.
For example, cannabis edibles can react with certain drugs to cause side effects that either counteract the benefits of the medication or present new health risks.
Additionally, some medications can make it difficult for the body to process THC from cannabis edibles, leading to an increased risk of adverse effects. Therefore, anyone taking any medication should be careful when consuming cannabis edibles, consulting with a healthcare provider if necessary.
Read The Product Label; Start with Low Dose
When it comes to cannabis edibles, it’s important to read the product label carefully before you begin. This is because the effects of edibles can be quite different from those of other forms of cannabis, such as smoking or vaping. For instance, when you eat an edible, it takes much longer for the active compounds in marijuana to enter your bloodstream.
As a result, edibles tend to have stronger and more prolonged effects than other consumption methods. Additionally, edibles are often much more potent than equivalent amounts of other forms of cannabis. Therefore, it’s important to start with a low dose when trying out a new edible product. We recommend that you start with 5-10mg if you are not used to cannabis.
This will help ensure that you don’t experience any adverse side effects while still benefiting from this type of consumption. With that in mind, remember to always read the product label before taking your first bite!
Prefer Your First Dose in The Evening
When it comes to taking cannabis edibles, many people prefer to start with a smaller dose in the evening. This is because edibles can be particularly potent, and the effects tend to last longer and be more intense than when smoking or vaping.
It can sometimes take a while for the full effects of an edible to kick in, so it’s best to start slow and gradually work your way up. With this approach, you can enjoy the beneficial effects of cannabis without feeling overwhelmed by its strength.
Whether you are using cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, starting with an evening dose is a good way to ensure that you get maximum enjoyment out of your edible experience.
Take a 2-Hour Break Before Retaking The Edibles
If you’ve ever taken too much of a cannabis edible, you know that the experience can be intense. Some people may feel like they’re on the verge of a panic attack, while others may feel extremely uncomfortable.
If you find yourself in either of these situations, it’s important to take a break. Step away from the edibles, and focus on something else for at least two hours.
This will give your body time to process the THC and ease some discomfort. After taking a break, you can always go back and have another try at the edibles – but this time, take a smaller dose.
Try Using Premade Cooking And Baking Ingredients
Try using premade cooking and baking ingredients to infuse your homemade cannabis edibles. This will help accurately dose the edibles and prevent any unwanted side effects.
Dr. Ward recommends using a tincture or oil-based extract, which is easier to measure out and work with. You can also use cannabutter or cannaoil, but calculate the THC percentage before adding it to your recipes. By using premade ingredients, you can be confident that your edibles will be safe and effective.
Chocolate is one of the most popular choices for cannabis edibles in Canada. This is because it’s easy to work with and can be infused with THC easily.
Different Forms of Edibles to Consider
Edibles come in a wide range of forms, from cakes and brownies to gummy bears and lollipops. If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend trying an assortment of edibles to figure out which ones work best for your body.
As a rule, avoid products that are high in sugar or fat if you want to avoid unwanted side effects. Alternatively, you can try using CBD-infused edibles, which are non-intoxicating and have fewer side effects.
There are a lot of edibles, and we encourage you to experiment with different types until you find what works best for your needs.
Brownies are a classic cannabis edible, and for good reason. They’re easy to make, and you can easily control the potency by adjusting the amount of cannabutter or cannaoil used in the recipe.
Chocolates are another favorite choice for cannabis edibles. They’re easy to find in stores and can be infused with THC without any noticeable difference in flavor, texture or appearance.
Cookies are another popular choice for cannabis edibles, as they can be easily flavored and infused with THC. As a bonus, you can also experiment with different shapes and flavors to find what works best for your needs.
CBD & THC Gummies are a popular choice for cannabis edibles, as they’re easy to make and offer a consistent dose of THC. You can also find gummies that are infused with CBD, which can offer additional benefits.
Tinctures are a great way to add cannabis to any recipe, and they offer a high level of potency. They’re also easy to use, as you can simply add a few drops to your recipe without having to worry about measuring the dosage.
Potency Ranges of Edibles (From 5mg to 1000mg)
Edibles come in a wide range of potencies, from 10mg to 1000mg. It’s important to start with a low dose and increase the amount gradually until you find the desired effect.
We recommend starting with an edible that contains 10mg of THC, as this is a good starting point for most people.
We have listed all of the edibles from 5mg up to 1000mg in the table below:
Edible Potency Ranges
5mg – 10mg: Low potency edibles for light or new cannabis users. These edibles are ideal for those who want to try cannabutter or cannaoil for the first time.
10mg – 25mg: Moderate potency edibles for occasional cannabis users. These edibles are ideal if you want to experiment with different potencies and find the right amount for your needs.
25mg – 50mg: High potency edibles for regular cannabis users. These edibles offer a powerful dose of THC, so we recommend starting with a low dose and increasing gradually until you find what works best for you.
50mg – 100mg: Very high potency edibles for experienced cannabis users.
100mg – 1000mg: Extremely high potency edibles for medical cannabis patients or those who require a powerful dose of THC. These edibles are only recommended for those who know what they’re doing and have experience with cannabis. They are often referred to as the strongest edibles.
When it comes to cannabis edibles, it is important to read the product labels carefully and start with a low dose. Premade cooking and baking ingredients can help with accurately dosing edibles and preventing any unwanted side effects. Using a tincture or oil-based extract is easier to measure and work with.