With the legalization of cannabis in 2018 – a question was immediately raised about whether or not edibles would also be legal? It took some time, but thankfully edibles are now legal in Canada. This is an important step forward for all cannabis consumers since smoking or vaping is not always the best way to consume weed. Weed edibles continue to grow in popularity and therefore in variety. And most importantly in our understanding of how to safely consume edibles.
What are Weed edibles?
Let’s keep it simple – weed edibles are cannabis infused food and beverage products. The infusion of cannabis into food and drinks is not a new phenomenon – instead this form of consumption has been practiced for several years. History reports that the consumption of cannabis can be dated back to 2000 BC. And today it is considered one of the most popular ways to enjoy the benefits of cannabis.
If you are interested in trying out edibles you are in luck – there is something for everyone. With the legalization came the need for variety. Today you can get edibles in whatever form you wish! If you are just starting out we highly recommend starting with the smaller dosage edibles. There is an important rule when consuming cannabis – start low and go slow!
For the newbies in the crowd – you may be wondering what forms you can get cannabis in and let us tell you you will not be disappointed. Cannabis edibles come in gummy, chocolate, cookies, drinks, brownies and hard candies. Each edible offers a variety of flavours and a different kind of high.
What’s the difference between edibles and other forms of cannabis?
The most important thing to note about edibles is that they are designed to be a concentrated form of THC – this should not be confused with concentrates like shatter or resin. Instead cannabis edibles hold a high percentage of THC giving them a strong effect. Again this is why the rule for edibles is – start LOW and go SLOW.
Since edibles offer a concentrated form of THC they also offer a different high than when you inhale. Many have said that an edible high is more of a body buzz than the head high you get from smoking. Edibles offer a great deal of benefits – just like when you smoke weed. Although the high is different, you will certainly be feeling good.
For beginners, you may think we are nagging at this point, but we can’t stress this enough – you must start low and go slow. Edibles can be a tricky high because the effects do not set in right away – and the length of time differs for everyone. We are sure you have heard some horror stories of friends consuming too much and having a terrible trip. By starting low and going slow you can measure the impact and consume as needed.
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Why eat weed instead of smoking it?
There are many benefits to choosing edibles over smoking. We will highlight some of the key effects of edibles for those who might be considering trying them out.
- Controlled and measured dosages
- No equipment required
- No smell
- No prep work
- No clean up
- No negative impacts from inhaling smoke
Edibles are a great option for those who are not able to smoke or inhale. It is important that all are able to access the benefits of cannabis in whatever form.
Side Effects of Cannabis Edibles
Just like any cannabis – there can be some negative side effects. If you follow our rule – and yes we are going to say it again – start low and go slow – you should be in the clear but just in case, let’s go over the possibilities. Some of the negative side effects when consuming too much are:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Red eyes
- Memory loss
Weed edibles are delicious, easy to consume and provide a terrific high. They are an ideal option for those who are not able to easily smoke or vape. If you follow our rule – start low and go slow – you will have an amazing high!