A Beginner's Guide To Edibles
A Beginner's Guide to Edibles
In this guide, we explore the world of edibles: what they are, how strong they can be and what to expect.
Recent studies show that stoners are starting to prefer edibles over actually smoking their weed.
Some cannabis users note their desire to cut down on smoking as the reason for their switch to edibles, while others simply enjoy the taste and ease of being able to consume edibles wherever you are.
If you’re looking to make the switch, or are entirely new to cannabis altogether, then there are a few things you’ll want to consider before eating an edible. Here’s your high guide to edibles.
Understand How Edibles Work
So, let’s start off with the big questions: what is an edible and how does it work?
When you smoke weed, the THC gets absorbed pretty much immediately through your lungs. This means that most smokers can feel the effects of cannabis within three to ten minutes.
When you ingest edible marijuana, it’s an entirely different story. Your body has to work to digest the edible, which means your body absorbs it through your stomach.
Once it’s past your stomach, it goes through your intestine and then your liver, where the THC breaks down and then disperses through your bloodstream.
Sounds like a long process, right? Exactly! That’s why it usually takes anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours before you feel the full effects of an edible.
So, your first tip in this guide to edibles is to take it slow. The biggest rookie mistake people make is thinking that they didn’t take enough because they don’t feel anything.
They end up taking more and then feel the full effects double over onto them. Woah. Not how you want to spend your evening.
Choose a Type of Cannabis
Whether you’re new to the world of weed or simply want to try edibles for the first time, you’ll still need to think about whether you want an edible with sativa or indica.
Sativa is the more energetic strain, and it’s also the one that’s going to give you a more “heady” high. It’s functional and uplifting and will leave you laughing for hours.
Indica is the more relaxing strain. If you experience a lot of physical pain, then this is the strain for you, as it leads to more of a body high.
It’s best to pick the type of high you want first and then choose the edible accordingly. If you’re looking for a more energetic and creative high, then go with a sativa edible.
If you’re not a fan of chocolate, then you’ll need to opt for a gummy edible or even a beverage.
Buy High-Quality Edibles
Most stoners have tried to make their own at-home edibles before. While that’s great and all, if it’s your first time, you’re going to want to learn how to buy edibles from an actual dispensary.
When it comes to where to buy edibles, you’ll want to use an app like Weed Maps to help you figure out which dispensaries near you sell them.
Opt for one that comes in 10mg doses, as that’s a single serving for an adult. If you’ve never taken an edible, it’s a good idea to try half first and then see how you feel in a few hours.
The State of Colorado, for example, recommends 10mg as a recreational dose, which means that most edibles that dispensaries sell are going to come in 10mg bricks of chocolate or pieces of candy that you can easily eat.
Beyond the Guide to Edibles
Beyond this guide to edibles, you’ll also need to learn how your body reacts to each dose.
Go slowly and try different edibles, strains, and doses until you find what works best for you and your body.
Interested more in smoking your weed rather than ingesting it? You’re up against a few different kinds of choices.
Check out our guide to blunt wraps vs. rolled joints to figure out which way works best for you.