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Great news, edibles just became legal in Canada. You’re probably at least familiar with the concept of cannabis edibles, but there’s actually quite a bit to talk about when it comes to eating your cannabis. Here we’ll cover tons of edible-related topics, including: What are edibles?
What are edibles?
So yeah, what are edibles? To put things simply, weed edibles are an “edible” form of cannabis. They are also commonly referred to as cannabis-infused food. It doesn’t matter what the food (or drink) is, if it’s infused with weed then it is considered to be a cannabis edible. A lot of people love weed but don’t necessarily love smoking it, so edibles are the perfect alternative.
Just because all edibles contain marijuana does not mean that they will all affect you the same way. There are different compounds found within a cannabis plant; two of the most common are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
The way the edible affects you mentally and physically depends on which cannabinoid it is infused with (THC vs CBD) and how much it contains. There are also different types of plants – sativa, indica, or hybrid – and this can have an effect as well. We’ll talk more about this later.
How long do edibles take to kick in?
This depends on a few factors, but in general an edible should kick in between 30-45 minutes. It can take a bit longer, sometimes as much as an hour, but in general expect to feel some effects after half an hour. However, you need to remember that the results vary from person to person for how long the edible will take to kick in.
Ingesting an edible is much different from smoking or vaping. When you smoke your weed, the results are often instantaneous since the smoke is absorbed by the lungs and transferred to the bloodstream. When you chow down on it, the body treats it like anything else you have eaten that day.
First it needs to be digested and this process can take some time – anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour. The most hard-hitting and fast-hitting effects will be felt when you eat an edible on an empty stomach. We don’t recommend this for new edible users, and even for seasoned ones it is always smart to have something in your bellies.
How long do edibles last?
If you’re new to edible, asking how long edibles last is a good question. Although it takes a bit longer to feel the high when you eat your weed, the major advantage is that the effects last longer. Just as we said before, you won’t feel them instantaneously, but you’ll probably feel them for several hours (especially on an empty stomach).
What is the proper edibles dosage?
The first rule to follow when deciding the proper edibles dosage is to start out small. You might be tempted to take a huge handful of those THC gummies, but remember that the effects can be overwhelming if you’re not used to it. Always read the label first on the product’s packaging and stick to the recommendations.
Just like any food product, a manufactured edible will give you nutrition facts and serving sizes. Follow the recommended serving size; it will tell you the amount of milligrams THC or CBD to consume. Generally a proper dose of a THC edible is 10mg, but you might want to start out with 5mg if you’re new to this.
Purchasing an edible doesn’t mean you should eat the entire edible. If you bought a brownie that contains 100mg THC, only consume 1/10th of it first before trying more – and remember to be patient for the effects to actually hit you. Something like this would be a great weed product to share with your weed-loving buddies.
There’s an Edible for Everyone…
An edible doesn’t just have weed in it; edibles are so much more than that. The way the edible tastes and affects you depends on what it contains and how it was prepared. There are so many to choose from, including cannabis-infused gummies, lollipops, and baked goods.
You can even purchase a frozen personal pizza that has been enhanced with weed. If eating treats and junk food isn’t your thing, consider online shopping for an edible capsule that contains cannabis-infused oil. All of these products vary in how much THC, CBD, or both they contain.
THC Edibles in Canada
All of this means that your edibles containing a high amount of THC will be the ones to get you high. The effects of THC will differ from person to person.
CBD Edibles in Canada
An edible only containing CBD with no to minimal trace of THC won’t really have the same effects. Instead CBD edibles are for people who don’t want to feel stoned but prefer to reap the benefits of cannabis in other ways.
How to Make Edibles Easily
There are plenty of recipes online that you can follow to make some homemade edibles of your own. If you’re wondering how to make edibles easily, it is as simple as following a recipe or video tutorial from the internet (and getting your hands on some weed of course).
There are a few ways you can do it, but the most common is to make cannabis-infused butter (or oil) that can be added to a variety of recipes. Not only is weed butter easy enough to make, it is extremely versatile and can be used in sweet baked goods or savory dishes. Here are the steps involved in creating your own cannabis-infused butter:
Step 1: Gather the ingredients
For every 1 cup of butter you should use 7-10 grams of dried ground cannabis (about 1 cup).
Step 2: Make sure the weed is decarboxylated
This is the most common mistake of making cannabis butter. The weed you use absolutely needs to be decarboxylated; if it is not the finished product will be weak or completely inactive. Here’s how to decarb your weed.
- Preheat the oven to 245ºF
- Place weed on an oven-safe tray on top of parchment paper
- Heat oven, bake the weed for 30-40 minutes (drier weed won’t take as long)
- Every 10 minutes mix the weed on the tray for a more even bake
Step 3: Grind the decarboxylated weed
You can do this with a hand grinder, but an electric coffee grinder also works well.
Step 4: Melt the butter
In a nonstick pan or pot, melt your butter. Do this by combining 1 cup of water for every 1 cup of butter you’re using. The added water will prevent the butter from scorching and will give your finished product a better consistency.
Step 5: Add the cannabis
As the butter is melting, start to add your ground-up decarboxylated cannabis.
Step 6: Simmer on low
The key to remember here is to maintain a low heat. The simmering mixture should stay around 160ºF and never above 200ºF. You’ll need to keep simmering between 2 to 3 hours, stirring the mixture every once in a while and never bringing it to a full boil.
Step 7: Strain the cannabutter
After a few hours of simmering you can strain the cannabutter into a glass jar using a funnel and cheesecloth. Store the jar in the refrigerator to use whenever you feel like whipping up a cannabis-infused chocolate cake or pizza.
*Note: you can also make some delicious cannabutter creations in a slow cooker, so if you want a more hands-free cooking experience think about doing it this way.
First-Time Tips for Eating Edibles
If it’s your first time trying an edible, here are the main things you should remember:
- There is no possibility of overdosing, but even so follow the recommended dosage (not starting out with more than 10mg). This will just prevent you from having a bad time.
- Edibles affect everyone differently, so remember that it might take longer for the effects to hit you than your friend.
- Patience is a virtue; wait at least 60-75 minutes before consuming more.