How To Choose And Buy Edibles Like A Pro
With the legalization of both medicinal and recreational marijuana use on the rise in recent years, the availability and products offered in the world of edible cannabis can seem overwhelming to newbies. Edibles, like other forms of marijuana consumption, can sometimes be a rough starting practice with some difficult dose learning curves and strain options.
Considerations for Edibles Taste
A big thing to consider when consuming or buying edibles is the taste. The flavor the cannabis gives off can be a strong one, especially for a well-done infusion. While a correlation can be drawn between the strength of the edible and the detectability of the cannabis, a good edible shouldn’t taste like a handful of bud clippings. Ideally, the cannabis flavor should be an aftertaste or not detectable at all.
It's been said that the most recognizable feature of cannabis is the smell. The musk of marijuana is attributed to the number of terpenes it contains, which is directly related to how strong the pot will be. Terpenes are essentially crystallized forms of the scent and flavor resins that give bud its signature scent.
A good edible, much like with taste, should either not smell like pot at all, or just the faintest bit. Depending on the kind of edible, the smell might permeate the bag it’s in or the wrapper it inhabits, but generally speaking opening an edible shouldn’t have musky consequences.
Possibly the biggest focus of any marijuana consumer, the effect the bud gives off should be at the top of your checklist for a good edible. As a good rule of thumb, a good manufactured edible will have the dosage on the package. If making them yourself, you can kind of judge the dose based on how much product you used, but this can prove a little tricky for newbies.
The general range for edibles on the market today is anywhere between 1mg of marijuana to 3000mg. The effects of these doses vary wildly and can take up to 30-45 minutes to really take effect. It’s best not to take a double dose before you know how the first one is going to take. We know that you might get the munchies, but reaching for more edibles is not the way to go there. Trust us, we’ve tried.
In general, those who are looking to microdose marijuana should start out with a much lower dose than recommended on the product details packaging. Microdosing has been linked to relief from pain, anxiety, depression symptoms, and more, but it’s important to remember these aren’t fixes, but they can be aids. Those looking for a more profound high can take more, but we recommend you scale up slowly to avoid any negative effects. Nausea, paranoia, hypersomnia, and insomnia are all linked to an overconsumption of pot, so your body and your mind will appreciate your patience and ability to experiment.
To avoid becoming couch-locked, the right dose for the right time is vital. Be sure to review the potency before ingesting, and stay hydrated!
Kinds of Edibles Infused Butter
Also referred to as cannabutter, infused butter or oils is a staple of the world of edibles. These kinds of butter offer a vehicle from the plant form of marijuana to the edibles you’re making. It can make for an easier estimation of dosage and a more discreet way to consume.
Generally, cannabutter is made with an often low-quality bud. This is because the higher-quality marijuana often features different flavors and colors that will just go to waste in an edible.
Infused butter is made by baking the herb on low heat until fragrant, then melting butter or heating oil until hot. The baked plants are then steeped in the butter for several hours until hardened. Most of the time, these concoctions are then strained to avoid a chewy twig surprise, and then the butter is ready to use.
Extracts of cannabis work much the same way. Generally, extracts are a more pure form of the plant instead of a mixed medium. Extracts of cannabis can be a lot more potent than cannabutter, and the applications can be much more varied.
A good way to recognize the difference between an extract edible and an infused edible is to isolate what kind of edible it is. If it’s a baked (haha weed pun) good, chances are it has an infused butter base. Gummies, candy, and other butterless confections are more likely to have cannabis extract in their recipe.
Manufactured versus Homemade
Just like with anything else, generally speaking, homemade edibles are a much more customizable and inexpensive option to get your cannabis fill. While dosage for a manufactured product tends to be a little more uniform, (think chocolate squares or bite-sized gummies) the unique properties of edibles made from home can make a fun experience even better.
When making edibles at home, a good rule of thumb is to not use super-high quality bud. Regular old bottom shelf stuff will work just fine, it’s the chemicals you’re looking for and not all the bells and whistles that go into some of the more spendy products. Most edibles made from home are made with infused cannabutter, which can then be integrated into day-to-day recipes for brownies, cookies, cakes, and more. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and what’s in your pantry.
All in all, edibles can be an incredible addition to a preexisting smoking routine or an ambitious way to start your own marijuana journey. Like with any substance, moderation is key to the longevity of a good time.
There are many options for edibles, including any kind of baked good imaginable and any kind of candy you can think of. Knowing your limit with edibles can be tough to learn at first, but once you cross that threshold, edibles can be a discreet and convenient way to consume marijuana.