It’s complicated to find the right edibles while shopping for cannabis for the first time. Knowing where to begin is difficult because there are so many options and brands to choose from.
Buying and eating food should be fun when you know what you’re doing if you go to a medical or recreational dispensary. In that case, the people behind the counter help you find your way to canna-bliss. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to know the basics before you go. Read on to discover things you should know before buying edibles.
How to Choose the Best Edibles
First, you need to decide what kind of edibles you want. You have various options, so it’s important to know what you’re looking for. For example, there are chocolate bars, gummies, and cookies. Each has different effects on the body and mind, so it’s essential to choose wisely when picking your next snack. Once you select an option, some things will make it more likely that your edibles will be effective and enjoyable.
Second, you must know how long the edible effects last. If your goal is to experience the impact of a full-body high—and not just some of them—you’ll want to choose a product that lasts for at least 90 minutes.
Choosing the right dosage is also important. The recommended dosage is usually written on each product’s label, but don’t worry about it if it isn’t there! Just follow the guidelines with your product and use them as a general guide for how much to eat or apply.
Another thing that affects how well your edibles work is their potency level: if they’re high in THC (the compound that makes people feel high), then they’ll probably be more effective than if they’re low on THC because it takes more THC to feel high than CBD does!
Effects of Cannabis Edibles
The effects of cannabis edibles are very different from the effects of smoking or vaporizing. This is because when you smoke or vape, all of the THC has to travel through your lungs before it hits your brain. This means the THC has to pass through every part of your breathing system while smoking or vaping.
When you eat cannabis edibles, however, there’s no chance for those cannabinoids to go through your digestive system first. Instead, they bypass digestion entirely and go straight into your bloodstream—which can be absorbed by your body much faster than if you were to smoke or vape.
Cannabis edibles have a delayed effect that lasts anywhere from 2-6 hours—depending on how strong they are and how much you eat. They also tend to have more intense effects than smoking marijuana because the cannabinoids are absorbed through the body’s membranes and into the bloodstream faster than if smoked.
Cannabis edibles are more likely to give you a euphoric feeling than other methods because they’re absorbed so quickly into your system; they also allow you to feel the effects much more quickly than other methods (such as smoking or vaping).
How Long Do Edibles Take Effect?
It can take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour for edibles to kick in. The time it takes for edibles to kick in varies depending on the type of edible you’re eating and how much you eat.
For example, a typical dose of THC-infused gummies can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to take effect, but some people report feeling a psychoactive effect within 15 minutes. Some edibles have longer effects than others—one brand of chocolate has been linked to taking about 2½ hours to kick in, while chocolate chip cookies can take up to three hours.
You should always plan for the full time it takes for your edible to kick in if you’re unsure what dosage you’re taking (or don’t know how much THC is in your product), plan and eat only small amounts at a time.
It also depends on the dose. If you’re taking a full-body dose, it can take up to 30 minutes for the effects to kick in. If you take a smaller dose and only need it for pain relief, the effects will be more immediate. Many people find that the effects of edibles last from 30 minutes to an hour.
Do Edibles Expire?
Cannabis edibles expire. They will lose their potency after a certain period of time. This is because the cannabinoids and terpenes contained in the cannabis flower are broken down over time due to heat, light exposure, and other factors. The cannabinoid content in cannabis edible will decrease by half every two days until it is gone completely.
Edibles are subject to many variabilities in terms of their shelf life—some should get consumed quickly, while others last longer. This can make it challenging to determine exactly when your edible will expire. The best way to find out if your edibles are safe to eat is to check their packaging or label for an expiration date.
While the health benefits of consuming cannabis are undeniable and can positively help in various ways, remember that there are potential drawbacks to consider as well. Be sure to do your due diligence when buying edibles—and research any possible side effects before taking your new product for a test run. Tweaking the dosage of edibles, in particular, can be tricky, so take things slowly while you figure out the right amount.
After all, you’re doing this to improve your life and enhance your experience; if edibles aren’t working for you, either ditch them or switch strains (there are plenty on the market now that don’t have as much THC in them).