Edibles are becoming increasingly popular as a method of medicinally or recreationally consuming cannabis. The range of edibles that are available in dispensaries can make your head spin with everything from chocolate bars, baked goods and hard candies to gummies, sodas, and everything in between. Due to the variety and possibilities that can be found within edibles, we are going to break down how to make weed edibles, and how they work!
What Are Weed Edibles?
An edible is a food, candy, or drink that has been infused with cannabis and is ingested orally. There are many factors and reasons that go into the “why” of edibles, with the most important being that they are entirely smokeless. For some, the thought of lighting and inhaling marijuana in the standard smoking fashion just doesn’t quite sit right, which is understandable considering the health issues associated with smoking. Edibles are the easiest way to use cannabis medicinally or recreationally and get the same if not more intense effects, without having to spark anything up. Once you know the proper amounts of cannabis per serving, you can easily learn how it will affect you and adjust accordingly.
How Are They Made?
For example, you could use cannabutter in place of traditional butter to make cookies, brownies, muffins, or any variety of fresh baked good that you make from scratch.
In the same way, cannaoil can be used in place of olive oil in more of your dinner recipes, such as spicing up spaghetti, drizzling over steaks, using it as a part of an oil and vinegar dressing, the possibilities are truly endless!
So, How Do They Work?
When you ingest weed edibles, your body takes a bit of time to process them. Sometimes, it can take up to 2 hours for the full effects to kick in as the edibles first have to be broken down in your body and metabolized.
One of the most significant differences you’ll notice between smoking cannabis and ingesting edibles is the intensity of the high. Generally, when you smoke marijuana, the initial effects can be felt nearly immediately, however, with edibles, the onset is much slower but longer-lasting. Sometimes the high from ingesting cannabis can last 4-6 hours, which is quite a bit more intense than the average smoking session.
The cause of this is that the THC is metabolized by the liver, which in turn converts the THC into a metabolite called 11-hydroxy-THC. This metabolite is able to cross the blood-brain barrier much more effectively and in turn, causes a more intense cerebral and full body effect.
Things You Should Know
Now that we’ve given you the resources on how to make weed edibles, there is one thing to keep in mind; creating and consuming edibles is a science. There is a fine line between measuring out the ideal dose and taking it a bit overboard and finding yourself in a panic.
A good rule to abide by is to start low and go slow. You can always eat more, but if you’ve eaten too much, you may have to ride it out or seek medical help if it gets too bad. Once you have learned your basic threshold, you can adjust easily from there to find your sweet spot.
Always make sure you give weed edibles a proper amount of time to work their way through your system before consuming more. If you are on an empty stomach and consume edibles, the effects may come on a bit faster than on a full stomach, and they will be a bit more intense. It’s always good to give yourself a good 45 minutes up to 2 hours before making the call to consume more.
Now that you know a little more about how edibles work and how they can be made take a look at these fantastic recipes that you can use and make at home as an excellent starting point for your edible culinary adventures!
If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to check out these incredible vegan weed brownies.
Maybe you want to fire up the grill on a nice fall evening? Try out these mouth-watering weed burgers!
Need a fantastic side dish for a dinner party with friends? This cannabis mac and cheese will be an absolute hit!
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