Edibles are one of the best ways to consume cannabis products because they offer long-lasting effects without requiring that you inhale smoke or vapor. Many new users have a wide variety of questions when first trying out edibles. Can you bring edibles on a plane in Canada? How long does the high last? Do they taste good?
These are just a few questions people have when trying edibles. It’s also important to understand how much THC you should consume and how often you should consume it to prevent unwanted side effects like anxiety or paranoia.
What Are Cannabis Edibles?
Cannabis edibles are food products infused with cannabis. These products can be made by infusing cannabis into butter or oil and then adding it to baked goods such as cookies or brownies. Cannabis-infused oils, butters, and tinctures that are not baked into foods can also be used in a variety of recipes.
For example, you could use cannabis-infused olive oil as the base for a salad dressing or add it to pasta sauce. Marijuana tea can also be made by mixing ground cannabis with boiled water and steeping for 15 minutes before straining out the plant material with cheesecloth.
The effects of these edible products are typically more intense than when smoking because they bypass some of the processing done by your liver on its way through your body.
That means it takes longer for them to kick in (30-60 minutes). When cooking with cannabis, start small if this is your first time consuming this type of product.
Start with just a little bit of marijuana so that the effects don’t hit too hard. It is best to consume no more than 5mg at once unless you have experience consuming cannabis and know how long it will take before taking another dose.
What Are The Effects Of Cannabis Edibles?
The effects of the edible will depend on how much cannabis it contains. If you want a strong effect, eat a small amount; if you want less of an effect, eat more. For some people with a slow metabolism, it may take up to two hours for the effects to be felt.
Edibles can be digested in different ways depending on whether they are in liquid or solid form. Liquids such as tea or coffee go through your stomach faster than solids like candy bars do so they get into your bloodstream faster and have a stronger impact.
Some people feel relaxed or sleepy after eating an edible; others feel energized and talkative. Some people feel both relaxed and energetic at different times during the experience or even at the same time! The effects of edibles vary widely depending on a variety of factors including:
- The amount eaten
- Your tolerance level
- Whether you’ve eaten recently or not (eating something before taking an edible could delay its effects)
What Are The Benefits?
Cannabis edibles are a great way to consume cannabis because they’re discreet, easy to make, and don’t emit any odor. The first benefit of edibles is that anyone can make them. All you need is cannabis extract, butter or oil for cooking, and either brownies or other types of sweet foods such as cookies or candy.
It’s not always safe to smoke in public because it can be dangerous and the smell can linger in the air which makes people uncomfortable. However, with edibles, you can enjoy your cannabis without worrying about any odor lingering around and making anyone feel uncomfortable.
It’s easy to dose yourself correctly with edibles. You can take small bites and wait 30 minutes to an hour before taking another bite, which allows you to reach the right level of high without overdoing it (or feeling too much of the effects).
Edibles last longer than smoking or vaping—up to six hours in some cases. This means you don’t have to keep taking hits over and over again throughout the day or night to get high like you do with smoking or vaping.
Plus, there aren’t any harsh chemicals in edibles that could irritate your lungs or throat like there are with smoking or vaping.
Health Benefits Of Cannabis Edibles
The health benefits of cannabis edibles are numerous. Their popularity has grown in recent years, and for good reason. They offer a number of benefits that other consumption methods do not.
For starters, cannabis edibles are the only way to get your cannabinoids without inhaling any smoke or vapor. This is important because it protects the lungs from damage caused by smoking. Medical marijuana edibles are generally legal in most states with marijuana programs, but keep in mind you will be asked for a state card. To take full advantage of the holistic and health benefits of cannabis edibles, try applying online for a medical marijuana card in states where this is possible. In Pennsylvania, for example, you can apply for a Pennsylvania medical marijuana card online.
In general, there are three ways that cannabis edibles produce their effects:
1. Cannabinoids enter the bloodstream through our stomach lining and spread throughout the body
2. Cannabinoids bind to our cell receptors located in organs all over the body (not just in the brain)
3. Medicinal ingredients like terpenes help regulate homeostasis (e.g., promote feelings of happiness).
Many people enjoy cannabis edibles because they’re often high in cannabinoids and terpenes, which have been shown to have a variety of medicinal properties. Take CBD oil for example. One study found that cannabidiol could be used as an antipsychotic medication with fewer side effects than traditional pharmaceutical drugs.
However, while these studies show promising results on lab animals, more research will be necessary before any solid conclusions can be made.
How Can I Make My Own Cannabis Edibles?
To make your own cannabis edibles, follow these steps:
- Decarboxylate the cannabis flower by heating it at a low temperature.
- Combine the decarboxylated cannabis with an oil or butter, and then cook on low heat until the fats have melted.
- Add any spices or other ingredients that you want in your edible.
- Pour into a container (pudding, mousse, chocolate) and let it cool. Once it has cooled down, refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. When it is firm, cut it up into pieces of the desired size and eat away!
Keep in mind, there are many different ways to make cannabis edibles so don’t be afraid to experiment with different recipes!
If making cookies or brownies, mix cannabutter or canna-oil with an equal amount of flour and baking powder. Mix together well before adding eggs and vanilla extract. Add any flavorings like cocoa powder, almond extract, etc. Continue to bake until done.
For candies like gummies, pour boiling water over gelatin sheets and set aside for 5 minutes to soften them up. Mix together sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until all sugar has dissolved.
Let the mixture boil for 3 minutes without stirring before taking it off from the stovetop and add gelatin sheets from step 1 along with canna-oil as needed before pouring into silicone molds/pan as desired to cool completely.
Now that you know more about edibles, it’s time to start experimenting with them and seeing how you enjoy them for yourself! Edibles can be a fun and enjoyable way to experience a relaxing high that can also aid in various health conditions.