Edibles 101



Cannabis infused edibles have come a long way. Not too long ago, when edibles were highly unattainable, the only way they could be consumed was when they were homemade (anyone else try to make special brownies or was that just me?). During this time, there was an overall lack of convenience, quality and resources on how to properly dose them. Sometimes you wouldn’t feel anything, while other times you could eat a crumb and be on the moon.

Today, you can find hundreds of legal products with high quality ingredients & exact dosing right at your fingertips. There are so many ways to properly integrate cannabis into your food through recipes and videos, which helps you regulate dosing if you’re a do-it-yourself type of person. 

Ever since the legalization of cannabis in Canada, there has been a paradigm shift in the way people interact with cannabis, & food is at the centre of it. Sure, you can easily buy pre-packaged edibles from legal stores like Cann Shop or the OCS (Ontario Cannabis Store), but you can also just as easily make it yourself & it is incredibly rewarding. With Youtube, Instagram & Google available to you, there is an endless supply of food recipes for you to try!


What Is A Cannabis Infused Edible? 


It is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, essentially being food products infused with cannabis. Some edibles products contain a slight cannabis flavour, but many will not. The most common types of edibles you are likely already familiar with – brownies, cookies, chocolate & gummies.


Dosing Information


In Canada, all edibles sold cannot have more than 10mg of THC per package. For most users, this will be plenty potent & in fact, we actually recommend you start at 5mg THC if you are new to cannabis. Ideally you would also have 5mg CBD if it’s your first time. Especially when it comes to edibles, it is very important to start low & go slow.



Edibles vs Smoking


The way you choose to consume cannabis can have a big impact on your experience. When you smoke cannabis, effects are typically felt within seconds or minutes, whereas it can take between 30-120 minutes for you to feel it when consuming edibles. The reason for this is because edibles are metabolized much slower through the liver, instead of being able to go right into your bloodstream through the lungs. The delayed time for effects to kick in is often the reason people can easily over do it if they are not careful. Also, it is very important to mention that the effects of consuming edibles can be significantly longer than smoking, with effects lasting up to 24 hours in some cases. 


Main Takeaways:


1) Start low and go slow. We recommend starting at 5mg THC if you are new to cannabis.

2) Be prepared for a delayed onset when consuming edibles. It can take up to 2 hours before you start to feel the psychoactive effects.

3) Plan your night. The effects of a cannabis edible can last up to 24 hours!

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