From pot brownies to modern weed gummies, there’s an edible out there for everyone.
The dog days of weed prohibition aren’t far behind us, but in a short time, cannabis-infused edibles have become a key product of the legal market. Homemade pot brownies that send you to outer space for hours can be a blast for the old-school canna lover. Still, today’s weed world offers a broader range of dosages and forms of edible cannabis, from micro-dosed gummies to super chill CBD chocolates.
A weed edible is any food infused with cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, most often in cannabutter or cannabis oil. When weed is digested instead of inhaled, its cannabinoids go to the liver through the bloodstream. When the liver metabolizes cannabinoids, it creates a delayed effect that’s more potent and long-lasting than smokable cannabis.
Though they’ve historically been known for high-powered, unpredictable effects, today's edibles tend to come moderately and precisely dosed, making their benefits more accessible to a broader range of consumers. If you’re adding cannabis into your daily wellness routine, you can take a 5 mg CBD gummy or low-dose THC mint just as conveniently as your other daily supplements.
Most often separated into 5 mg or 10 mg pieces or sections, common edibles like gummies, cookies, and chocolates allow medical and recreational weed users to have greater control over dosing and use cannabis with the utmost discretion. Because edibles permeate the body with a deep, long-lasting high, they’re particularly popular as a sleep and general analgesic aid.
Everyone's body metabolizes weed at its own pace. For most of us, finding the right weed edible and getting the correct dose requires first-hand experimentation. When you take an edible you've never tried before, it's best to take a small quantity (preferably 2 to 5 mg THC), then wait an hour or two to see how it makes you feel. With edibles, you often risk taking more than you need in anticipation of the delayed effect. So, only up the ante after you’ve felt your first dose.
Most edibles are infused with either live resin or cannabis distillate. Live resin is an extraction of the plant's full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes, all of which contribute to the bud's effect. The distillate is a concentration of one cannabinoid, usually THC or CBD, valued for its consistency and reliability. Whether they’re made using live resin or distillate, quality edibles from a trusted brand will deliver on their advertised dosage.
Choosing between them comes down to what works best for you. For a more nuanced high, seek out live resin edibles. If 100% consistency is the game’s name, distillate-infused might be your best bet.