Cannabis edibles offer an alternative way to experience the benefits of cannabis without the need for smoking or vaping. They come in various forms, each offering unique effects and benefits. With the wideset variety of products, cannabinoid ratios and easy-to-dose portions, many consumers are finding them as the best cannabis type to help manage their health conditions or lifestyle use. In this guide to cannabis edibles, we’ll delve into the different types, their effects, and touch on the concept of microdosing for a safer and controlled consumption experience.
Benefits Guide to Cannabis Edibles:
- No smoke or vapor is inhaled into the lungs which is a positive health benefit
- They are more discreet in storage and consumption
- While edibles take longer to feel the onset, the effects will last much longer (4-6 hours on average) with more intense effects – making them a good choice for chronic pain management
and insomnia. On that note -edibles might not be the best option when looking for fast-acting relief like headaches or acute pain
- Precise dosing and microdosing are much easier with pre-portioned servings
- Many products have varying ratios of THC, CBD and other cannabinoid compounds for specific effects or health needs so you can tailor the effect you are seeking
Cannabis Edibles Precautions:
- Start low and go slow – you can always add but you can’t subtract. Start with a low dose and
wait before taking any more. Most edible brands are clearly marked with the amount of THC
and other compounds they contain.
- 10mg of THC is generally considered an average dose for casual to common users, but 5 mg of THC is generally considered a low dose – better for cannabis newbies or those sensitive to THC. If it’s your first time consuming edibles, start with 1-2.5mg to have a more enjoyable first experience. Products like gummies, chocolate bars with scored squares and beverages can be
cut/poured into smaller portions.
- Wait at least two hours before taking more than your initial dose, as effects generally don’t kick in for 1-2 hours.
- For first-timers, take your inaugural dose in the evening in case you take too much or become drowsy
As referenced in an article on Leafly, THC, CBD, and other compounds in cannabis work by interacting with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system. This system, which is composed of different types of cannabinoid receptors throughout the body and the brain, supports a wide array of bodily functions, including appetite, mood, memory, pain perception, and body temperature regulation. When these systems are overloaded by possibly overconsuming an amount of cannabis edibles, you can feel confused, anxious, dizzy, and nauseous. You might also have a high heart rate and can even develop auditory or visual hallucinations at high doses.
But as unpleasant as these effects may be, they’re temporary and unlikely to cause long-term issues. Drinking water, taking a shower, practicing deep breathing, and sleeping can make you feel better while you wait for the effects to wear off.
Types of Cannabis Edibles and Their Effects:
- Brownies and Baked Goods: These classic edibles are popular for their potency and long-lasting effects. When ingested, cannabinoids like THC are metabolized in the liver, producing a more
intense and prolonged high compared to other consumption methods.
- Gummies and Candies: Gummies and candies offer a precise and easily dosed experience. They come in various flavors, potencies and cannabinoid ratios, making them a favorite choice among users seeking a discreet and tasty option for a more customized experience.
- Chocolates: Cannabis-infused chocolates combine the rich taste of chocolate with the benefits of cannabis. They are a popular choice for users who prefer a mild and pleasant high, as the
effects typically onset within an hour of consumption.
- Beverages: Cannabis-infused beverages, such as teas, sodas, or juices and syrups, are gaining popularity. They offer a refreshing way to consume cannabis and are known for a faster onset of
effects compared to other edibles. They range from lower dose to single dose to high potency, so read the label carefully to know exactly what dosage you are consuming.
Microdosing and Safe Consumption:
Microdosing involves consuming a minimal amount of cannabis to achieve subtle therapeutic effects – including minimal to no psychoactive effects. This approach is gaining traction for its potential to provide relief from various conditions like anxiety, pain, or insomnia, without the impairment associated with larger doses. To microdose effectively, start with a very low dose, typically 1-2.5 mg of THC, and gradually increase until you find the optimal dosage that suits your needs. Always wait at least two hours before considering another dose to allow the effects to fully
manifest and avoid overconsumption.
Cannabis edibles offer a versatile and appealing way to experience the benefits of cannabis. Understanding the different types of edibles and practicing safe consumption methods, including microdosing, can help individuals enjoy cannabis responsibly and tailor their experience to their specific needs and preferences. As with any substance, it’s crucial to consume cannabis responsibly and only purchase from a licensed cannabis dispensary to ensure they are safe, lab-tested and accurately measured for dosage.