Marijuana Edibles Are Better Than Ever Before
Let’s address the elephant in the room: Yes, aspiring Martha Stewarts, you could easily make your own cannabis infused treats with a box of brownie mix and cannabis oil. But once they come out of the oven, you don’t know how much you should be eating or even if the oil was evenly dispersed throughout the batter. You might still think of edibles in this way, as inconsistent and unreliable bits of dessert-like substances that don’t even taste as good as their actual dessert counterparts. But the good news is that edibles, and the cannabis industry as a whole, have come a long way, and you can now purchase a variety of infused artisan edibles with consistent doses and great taste. They’re also all packaged beautifully, often in portable containers, so that you can stash them in your bag like you would with snacks or mints. (Though, let’s be clear: don’t get them mixed up!)
Here is a quick rundown of the best edibles to try, organized by your experience with cannabis.
1 Cloud Bite: 2 mg THC (80 mg per container)
For Regular Users:
Breez Original Mints: 5 mg THC each (and 0 calories!)
Valhalla Tangerine Gummies: 10 mg THC each
For Experienced Users:
Jetty Mind Tricks: 25 mg THC per package
Portion Control: How Much Should I Eat?
Patience is a virtue and a necessity when you’re eating edibles. Whether you’re new to all systems of cannabis delivery or you’re just new to edibles, you should start with the lowest amount possible. Consider cutting a piece in half to start. Save the rest for later. (It’ll still be just as good, we promise.) By many people’s standards, 5 mg is a standard amount. We say, every body is different, so start slow and low—and drink water! Drink lots of water, and eat a proper meal.
Here’s a simple portion guide to get you started:
2 mg (one Cloud Bite): You’re new to edibles or it’s your first time with cannabis (welcome!)—wait two hours and see how you feel before reaching for another 2 mg.
5 mg (one Breeze Original Mint): You’ve had small amounts of edibles before and you know how your body responds (or doesn’t respond).
10 mg (one Valhalla gummy): You use edibles regularly and you take this as your standard, incremental amount.
20 mg+ (one package of Jetty Mind Tricks): You’re an experienced, regular user of edibles and you’re prepared for the full effects.
There’s brownie bites made with dark chocolate, handcrafted gluten-free gummies, chocolate candies and bars, and extra-strength mints for those of you who don’t joke around.
But careful—it’s not actually like being a kid in a candy shop. You can’t just grab a handful and pop it into your mouth, or absentmindedly snack on a few pieces throughout your day. But once you know how much and how often, edibles are a discreet, delicious, and fast way to get your fix.
Edibles vs. Vaping vs. Smoking: How do edibles work?
If you’re vaping or smoking cannabis, you’ll feel the effects right away. (Or at least, after a second drag.) But eating cannabis is a bit more complicated: your body needs time to digest, metabolize, and absorb the ingredients. Depending on your metabolism, your body weight, and many other factors unique to yourself, it could take your body an hour—or three—before it feels the effects of a single edible serving.
To compare, this is how THC is absorbed into your body when you smoke or vape:
- THC is inhaled down the larynx and directly into the lungs.
- THC enters the bloodstream and heads toward the brain.
That was fast! Here’s how THC is absorbed into your body through edibles:
- After traveling down your esophagus, the delicious edible lands in your stomach.
- The edible is digested by acids and enzymes and broken down into: sugars, carbs, and THC. (Our favorite food groups…)
- THC is absorbed through the lining of the stomach and taken to the liver for processing.
- THC is transformed by your liver into 11-Hydroxy-THC, which is like super-THC. It’s more potent and can cross the blood-brain barrier more easily than regular THC.
TL;DR: Edibles are slower—but they can also be stronger.
It’s Not a Race: Start Slow, Go Low
Whether you’re a novice or you have pantry full of edibles, we always recommend starting slow and going low. You can always increase your serving size next time, or consume another serving after waiting an hour or two since your first piece. Slow and steady will do the trick. You can always eat more—you can’t eat less.
It’s My First Time and I Have Questions!
And we have answers!
Should I eat before consuming an edible?
Whether you have food in your stomach or not affects the absorption time and intensity of the THC, and it is advisable to eat a snack before your first time, just in case. It is not a bad idea to have THC-free snacks on hand after you take edibles, especially because it is hard to be satisfied with just one gummy candy or brownie.
What if I have never smoked or vaped before?
If your body has never experienced the effects of THC before, that doesn’t mean you should avoid edibles. Many people prefer edibles to smoking and vaping. However, start with the smallest amount of THC possible—2 mg, if you can break your brownie bite or gummy candy into a small piece—and wait up to two hours for the effects. Drink water, eat snacks, and relax while you’re waiting. Always listen to your body!
That said, even if you have smoked and vaped before, you should expect different effects from edibles, which are slower but stronger.
What if I accidentally take too much?
It happens. Next time, remember to go slow and low. (We repeat: You can always eat more, but you can’t eat less.) We believe in being prepared—and sometimes even over-prepared—so try to memorize and follow these steps if you get too high (or just keep this guide in an easily accessible location):
- Repeat this mantra– This will pass. Drink water, relax, and stay away from driving or operating any heavy machinery. The effects will go away, it just takes a bit of time.
- Drink water—preferably cold. For at least 10 minutes, keep sipping iced water to dull your high and combat dry mouth, an occasional side effect of THC. Adding ground black pepper, lemon zest, shredded ginger, and mint leaves can also help settle your stomach and reduce the psychoactive effects.
- Sit back and watch some Netflix. Depending on your high and your personality, this is easier said than done. But this too shall pass, and you can distract yourself by getting yourself in a comfortable position and finding a passive activity, like watching television or listening to music.
- Sleep. Drink some water and tuck yourself into bed. You’ll wake up refreshed. It’s not like a hangover at all.
My friend swears by this certain type of edible. Will it work for me?
Sorry, the same edibles with the same amounts of THC will affect different people differently. Bodies don’t metabolize THC in the same way or in the same amount of time. Always treat every new edible as a new experience.
Edibles: Enjoy Responsibly
You made it! You’re at the end of the guide and you’re ready for brownie bites, sour gummies, or chocolate squares. The new generation of edibles has come a long way—and they taste much better, too. They’re better packaged and better formulated to fit into your lifestyle, as an alternative or supplement to smoking or vaping. They take longer to process, but can also have stronger and longer effects once the THC does reach your bloodstream. There is no one-size-fits-all with edibles: every body processes the same amount of THC differently. So read the doses on the packaging carefully, and follow the “start low and go slow” method. Start with the lowest amount of THC that your body is used to processing through ingestion, and take another dose if you don’t feel desired effects within two hours. This isn’t the fastest way, but it can be one of the most enjoyable and effective—if you prepare.