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Great news, cannabis edibles in Canada recently became legal. You’re probably at least familiar with the concept of marijuana edibles, but there’s actually quite a bit to talk about when it comes to eating your cannabis. Here we’ll cover tons of marijuana edible-related topics, including: 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).
Are Baked Edibles the Best?
Let’s take a moment to talk about baked edibles, the most popular kind.
The way cannabis 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.
The answer to this is entirely opinionated, but the good majority of Canadians say yes to baked edibles over any other type of edible cannabis. One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make when it comes to eating your weed is candy vs. baked, but chowing down on a baked edible is always a good choice.
That said, not everyone has a craving for baked edibles like cookies and brownies. Some people prefer gummies and lollies, but like we said before, there’s an edible for everyone. If you’re new to the cannabis edibles game, start out with a baked treat, but feel free to venture into candies, tinctures, and capsules to see what you like best.
How long do cannabis 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 marijuana 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 a Cannabis 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.
Top Brands of Edibles in Canada
All edibles follow the same general principles for getting an individual high, alleviating pain, or awakening the mind, but not all edibles brands are created equal. Not by a long shot.
There are a lot of brands to choose from, but for the best of the best, you’ll want to focus your efforts on these top-rated edibles brands in Canada.
Mota Cannabis Products is Canada’s leading provider of edibles, not only in terms of quantity but also quality. If you go to their site, you’ll see that they have pages of edible products available, ranging from CBD Sour Squares to a Chocolate Lover’s THC Brownie.
The thing we love most about Mota is the insane variety. While many cannabis providers only offer a few options for customers who prefer to eat their weed, this isn’t the case for Mota.
Their edibles are divided into 5 categories – Chocolate, Candy, Baked Goods, Fruit, and Misc. – to keep things simple. Here are a few of our favourite Mota edibles available right now:
- Medicated CBD/THC Honey
- Cannabis-Infused Dried Kiwi
- Mota Cookies & Cream Chocolate Bar with 300mg THC
- Mota Triple Dose Peanut Butter Cookie
Herbivores is another top choice, and this one is strictly focused on creating yummy edibles products. This Vancouver-based cannabis producer sells nothing other than edible weed, so you won’t find flowers or concentrates here. One of their top priorities is to create cannabis food products without the harsh cannabis flavor.
They’ve got something for everyone at Herbivores with an even wider variety of edibles than Mota – you can even find something for your dog to chow down on. We love the knock-off THC Twonkies (think cannabis-infused Twinkies) and the Swift Rolls (think weedy Swiss Cake Rolls). But nothing compares to the Herbivores Dopesicle.
The Dopesicle is exactly as it sounds; this cannabis popsicle is the perfect summertime weed treat to help you cool off and chill out when things start getting hot. They come in multiple flavors like cherry, cream soda, grape, and blue raspberry.
Sweet Jane Edibles
Similar to Herbivores, Sweet Jane is all about creating edible weed for everyone. The company carries products ranging from tinctures to candies, but they’re most well-known for their cannabis-infused beverages.
Even if you don’t consider yourself a tea person, you’ve got to try Sweet Jane’s Lemon Haze Green Tea. Not only is it delicious, but it’s made with only natural ingredients. There’s no sugar added, no artificial flavors, and best of all this zero-calorie drink is infused with both THC and CBD to help alleviate pain, nausea, inflammation, and anxiety.
If you’re not a huge fan of drinking your weed, there’s still plenty to keep you happy at Sweet Jane. They have a variety of edible oil flavors (orange, grape, vanilla, peppermint, chocolate, and more), cannabis-infused espresso beans, Crazy Dipped Pretzels, and tons of candy treats.
Mary’s Medibles prides itself on creating “Canada’s finest edibles”. Whether that’s true or not, we do love the fact that all Mary’s products are lab tested for quality and potency to meet the company’s high standards of excellence every time.
The menu at Mary’s wasn’t created by cannabis experts alone, but also by food professionals. This means that each product fills the medicinal qualities you’re looking for while also tasting unbelievable. They carry baked goods, oil tinctures, candies, chocolates, they even have a collection of raw/vegan/organic/gluten-free products.
Treat Leaf Edibles
The mission statement at Treat Leaf says it all: “We are Treat Leaf Edibles, and we pride ourselves on delivering consistent, honest and accurately dosed medical confections of the highest quality.” The company lab tests every single product to ensure that this mission is met.
In terms of products, Treat Leaf does things a bit differently. Instead of choosing a chocolate brownie or sour gummies, you’ll start the shopping process by selecting your preferred dosage of THC, CBD, or both. Then you’ll select the quantity (3 pack or 9 pack) followed by the flavor you prefer (there’s about 20 of them).
The way they do things is a bit unconventional, but it’s the perfect solution if you’re trying to keep things simple. Treat Leaf strongly feels that the most important aspect of consuming edibles is proper dosing, which is why they make dosage selection the first step of choosing a product.
Terra Cannabis is one of the most trusted names in Canada for buying weed online. We love that new customers get a free eighth with the first order. The thing we love most, though, is the edible Sinister Sweet Gum Drops by Terra.
These gumdrops are infused with 100mg CBD and they’re a convenient way to medicate. Another customer favourite is the THC-Infused Peanut Butter, and not just because each jar comes with 500mg THC. This is an easy, spreadable edible that can be eaten on toast, added to a recipe, or just licked off a spoon.
King Louis Edibles
King Louis isn’t as well-known as some of the other names we’ve mentioned, but this edible company has definitely earned some brownie points (pun intended). In terms of baked edibles, the most-loved product seems to be the King Louis 100mg THC Chocolate Chip Cookie – no one can complain about a classic cookie with a cannabis twist.
Best Edibles for Sleep?
Edibles are a top pick for cannabis users who struggle with sleep disorders, especially ones that stem from anxiety. When choosing an edible for sleep, it’s not so much about the flavor or type of treat, but rather the strain/potency of the cannabis used to create the edible.
Most of us know that indicas are better for sleep while sativas are more energizing. Your first concern for choosing a sleep-enhancing edible is to find one that is made from an indica strain, like Northern Lights or Pineapple Kush.
The other thing you’ll want to consider is the consumption method. Baked edibles are amazing in so many ways, but if you’re looking for sleep treatment, you might want to go with a low-sugar option that’s meant for easy consumption (like a tincture, capsule, or spray).
Here are the top 3 recommendations for the best edibles for sleep from Canada’s top suppliers:
- Indica THC Spray by Mota
- Cannabis Tincture by Herbivores Edibles
- Vanilla Tincture by Sweet Jane Edibles
How to Make Cannabis 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.