Sunday, May 26, 2024

Choosing The Right Edible

Edibles have become very popular – finding the right one for you is key!

With over 50% of the country’s population having access to recreational cannabis, it has gone mainstream.  Over 85% of the population believe it should be legal in some form and now there is a whole movement around California sober.  As access to legal marijuana gains, beer sales have flattened and people are curious.  According to BDSA, almost 50% of those who have used cannabis, have used an edible – primarily a gummy.

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Marijuana not only helps you to chill, relax or go on a fun journey, it also has clear medical benefits. Edibles are healthier for you body and lungs than vaping and smoking while capable of producing the same results. While smoking cannabis is a little healthier than tobacco, it is still not a great frequent habit.  Additionally, edibles are likely to provide more pain relief and a stronger response from your mind and body.

Edibles are portable and discreet, allowing you to consume at a party, family event, or on the bus.  No fuss, no muss and you can pop one in your mouth.  According to BDSA, gummies represent at last 85% of the edible market.

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Edible makers infuse their foods with marijuana through a variety of ways, primarily with cannabutter and extracts. Cannabutter is the product that results once butter or oil is infused with cannabis. This mixture is then used to make brownies, chocolates, etc.. Cannabutter includes the benefits and limitations of the whole cannabis flower, providing you with the full spectrum of cannabinoids. This means that there’s THC, CBD, and more in these types of edibles but also that they’re more unpredictable.

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Gummies and a few other products are usually made with extracts. Producers isolate THC or CBD in a lab and later add them to their products, making something that is more reliable and consistent. Edibles prepared with extracts are a good option for people who are looking for a specific effect.

5 differences cannabis edibles and flower
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When it comes to dosage, if you are new – consider starting with 2.5-5 mg and see how it goes. One benefit of professional edibles is there is a generally a good dosing guide so you can manage your high.  Where you want to chill at a concert of microdose to focus, you should be able to easily manage your high with a gummy.  Traditionally baked edibles can crumble and might not travel as well.

Remember it usually takes between 45 minutes to an hour for an edible to kick in. Wana Brands started a trend by releasing a new edible called Calm which hits in 5-15 minutes.  Being the first, you may have to wait for it to be in your area.

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Dispensary purchased edibles also tend to have less of a “weed” flavor.  Companies have employed chocolatiers and master candy makers to ensure the right taste along with the journey.  Flavors go from cookies and cream to watermelon, so you should find the right flavor.

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