Ladies and gentlemen, we’re way beyond brownies. New forms of marijuana edibles are being created every day, and the possibilities are endless. can be made using various extraction methods from Sativa, Indica, or hybrid-sourced material. Edibles are available for purchase in many forms, but you can also find recipes online and make your own, of course.Edibles are usually packed with relatively high concentrations of THC, so when choosing to ingest, you should be aware of how easy it is to “overshoot” the dosage. Start out conservatively, in regards to the amount you consume. Follow this advice if you want the best possible experience and be sure to have someone more experienced with you if it’s your first time. It will make the experience much more comfortable, as the psychoactive effects may last for a good chunk of the day.Keep in mind that what works for you, might not work for someone else, and vice versa. Our bodies’ reactions to the same amount of ingested cannabinoids can differ quite a lot from person to person. The research on cannabinoid consumption is incomplete, and there is a lot about cannabis that science hasn’t discovered yet.Whether you’re partial to brownies, candy, confectionaries, or drinks – edibles will provide a unique experience that you’ll definitely be inclined to experiment with.You may find that physical pain is numbed down while under the effects. Also, if you’re suffering from a lack of appetite, this is definitely going to unlock your stomach and you’ll be craving copious amounts of food in no time.You can mix various forms of edibles with regular food, making the flavor spectrum near-limitless. If you’re not the cooking type (like many among us) or just don’t have the time to prepare and experiment, trying to find the perfect recipe – there’s plenty of readily-ingestible edibles to purchase in local dispensaries.
Types of Edibles
Pot brownies are probably the most famous type of edible, but cookies are not where the menu stops. Far from it! Basically, there are many ways of delivering the active substance either directly or applying it to an intermediary and then ingesting it.Oils, drinks (sodas), tinctures, distillates, and even sprays that can be applied to the tongue – all fall under liquid edibles. Some of these shouldn’t be eaten directly, but are instead applied to other food.Which ones are best? It’s a matter of taste, really. Also, the desired effect, the use case, and ease of preparation for each type of edible is different and varies greatly. Some people can’t stand cannabis-infused drinks. Others swear by them.
Soft Drinks Edibles
Soft Pot Drinks are also known as liquid edibles. As we’ve mentioned, liquid edibles can be seen as a much broader category. Forms range from concentrated tinctures to soda drinks.The tastes are many, so prepare your palate for a rainbow of flavors: lemonade, pomegranate, grapefruit, peach, cranberry, even honey. Typically mixed with a concentrate from a single strain, these sodas can have different effects – either elevating your mood or acting as a relaxant.You can even find cannabis tea, which may work wonders on people with chronic pain, anxiety or mild forms of depression. The cannabinoids present in tea are also known for their stimulative effect on cognition, and can even help with some forms of sleep disorder.
Cannabis oil distillate is an almost absolutely pure form of cannabinoids (up to 99%). Not for the faint of stomachs, extremely potent and usable as an infusion in any type of food.It’s hard to make your own distillate, as you’d need some lab equipment and a truckload of experience in distillation processes. Some basic chemistry knowledge wouldn’t hurt, either. This is not your regular cannabis oil extraction procedure, after all. Distillates are an entirely different beast altogether.The point we’re trying to drive here is that it’s likely better to just buy the stuff. It’s legal and much easier, in any case. Although it works when applied directly orally, the effects can be felt more quickly and intensely when applied through dabbing. One thing of note is that distillates are almost odorless and tasteless. The downside to distillates is that you don’t get the terpenes and other stuff that’s known for its therapeutic effects, plus you don’t get the aroma that cannabis is known for.On the other hand, if you want the psychoactive kick but don’t want that famous smell and aroma overwhelming your food, then distillates are the right choice.The high purity level also means you know exactly what you’re getting, no additives, no preservation chemicals, no trace substances that can cause problems to people with certain allergies.
The health-oriented among us will certainly enjoy variants like “enriched” coconut or avocado oil.The benefits of using cannabis-infused coconut oil are plenty:
- You can make strong marijuana infusions, but also topicals and medicinal edibles
- It’s high in saturated fat. And we mean really really high, no pun intended. While butter has 60% of saturated fat, coconut oil is at 90% meaning it can absorb more THC, cannabinoids, terpenes and all the good stuff, better than any other edible oil!
- It’s a must-include ingredient in diets for people with epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, and it’s irreplaceable for vegans and paleo diet practitioners.
A distinct type of infused “oil” would be cannabutter. Although it’s not in oil form, it’s chemically equivalent – it’s fat, basically. A great option, leveraging the fact that THC and various cannabinoids can be pulled out weed easily because they’re so good at binding with different types of fats.Like with other edibles, these oils and butter allow for a delayed effect of THC on the body. They are also easier to control in regards to dosage, than many other concentrates and even raw weed when inhaling smoke.
Cannabinoid powder is somewhat new in the world of edibles. It can be used basically like a regular juice powder as it’s dissolvable in water thanks to the additives (emulsions). Since the oils and THC are hydrophobic, these additives are necessary to make the substance at least act soluble.You can safely mix these with your favorite juice or herbal tea. It’s not advisable to mix them with coffee, though. Caffeine and weed have opposite effects, so your body and brain are going to be totally out of sync.Another thing you can do with powders is mixing with brownie dough and flour in general, just like any other flavoring or additives like oil and such.
Solids are mostly readily edible products (also called “food”, duh) made to be either sweet, salty, sour, and available as fluffy soft, gummy, crispy, hard, you name it. There’s a vast choice of readily available snacks and flavors to choose from:
- Hard Candy and Lozenges
- Non-Sweet Variants
- Chocolate weed edibles
- Candy pot edibles
If sweets are the most popular, that doesn’t mean you’re limited to sugar intake with your edibles. In fact, some people have much better experiences without the sugar getting near the mixture. There are sugar-free chocolate bars, cold-brew coffee, and salty sunflower & pumpkin seeds joined with cannabutter. Heck, you can even get your dose in the form of salty potato chips, or pot chips.
Chocolate – The Most Popular Taste
Among the most sought after variations of edibles, pot-infused chocolate sweets are truly a miracle of taste and experience. It’s hard to comprehend, but when you think about it, these sweets deliver both sugar and THC to your system. The effects are real, positive, long-lasting, and the concentration of THC actually prevents you from even wanting more than the right dose, no matter how much sugar usually makes people crave more.Cocoa goes well with cannabutter and the famous scent of terpenes. The aroma of this combination is unique and certainly desirable. If you dare prepare your own, know that some recipes produce chocolates that can be stored in the fridge for up to 45 days. Just don’t make the mistake of freezing them.
Where to get edibles?
Most dispensaries have online menus just like with regular cannabis or concentrates, but filled to the brim with different brands and types, and tastes of edibles.You can view this dispensary menu to get a glimpse of how much variety there is, in the world of cannabis-infused foods. Just filter with “edibles”, there’s two variants listed: solid, and liquid.