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cannabis edibles 101

The essentials of getting started with edibles

Carolyn BerkMay 28, 2021

If you're looking to bite into the benefits of cannabis without the smoke, then you should definitely give edibles a try.  

THC-infused edibles have evolved far beyond the stereotypical homemade pot brownie. Today, the world of edibles includes specialized bakeries, to full-fledged multi-course cannadining experiences, and everything in between.    

In fact, there's so much available now that choosing the perfect treat can be daunting. More importantly, indulging in edibles can be very different from what you've experienced when vaping or smoking weed. 

Here's what you need to know before you try a taste of cannabis edibles. 

Stick to the golden rule: start low and go slow 

Even if you're a seasoned weed smoker, you want to tread carefully when exploring edibles. It can take up to 90 minutes to start feeling the effects of THC, and those feelings tend to be more consuming and last hours longer. Chowing down instead of taking a planned approach could leave you feeling uncomfortable and ready to avoid edibles entirely! 

How do I find the best edible dosage for me? 

Tinctures are a great way to determine the best dosage. Tinctures are administered in small amounts through a dropper, making it easy to gradually increase dosage and get a sense of precisely how many drops deliver the perfect high or other desired effects for you. 

Tinctures can be taken sublingually, which involves holding it under your tongue for a few minutes. Taken this way, you should start feeling the effects in anywhere from 15-30 minutes.

Another option is to simply add measured amounts of tincture to existing food like ice cream, sauces, soups, or smoothies. Keep in mind that consuming tincture in food is like eating other edibles, so it can take anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes to feel it kick in. 

What edibles should I try as a beginner?

Regardless of which product you choose, ensure that it stays in its dispensary packaging, which should clearly indicate that it contains THC. Even if you don't have young kids, it's a good idea to keep edibles in a locked or childproof container. This will prevent recreating the classic sitcom trope of someone accidentally or unknowingly eating a THC edible (except nowhere near as entertaining.) 

There are endless options when it comes to types of edibles, but these are just some of the most common ways to consume when you're just starting out. Go with your gut when choosing which to enjoy!

As a tasty THC treat 

Why not make dessert even more delicious? Try a sweet snack like chocolatecaramelgummies, or even cookies

In a beverage

Put the high in hydration with these powders you can add to water or other drink. 

Speed up the effects sublingually

Remember how holding tinctures under your tongue can make the effects kick in faster? The same holds true for similar cannabis edibles like mints and lozenges

Keep it simple with a capsule

There will never be any mystery about dosage when you take weed in capsule form. If you're looking to keep your consumption on the downlow, capsules can be as discreet as taking a vitamin. 

Cook it yourself

Many dispensaries offer infused honey or spreads, which can be great for everything from teatime with THC to toast that leaves you toasty. You can also get infused cooking oil or butter to add a little something special to a favorite family recipe.

Make your own edibles 

Take your culinary prowess to the next level by trying your hand at making your own edibles. Just make sure that any flower you use has been decarboxylated

Carolyn Berk Lantern Author 
Carolyn Berk
Carolyn Berk got her start working in both radio and TV before applying her journalism skills to the cannabis industry. She is currently a content marketer and an active member of the New England cannabis community.