Edibles are an effective and delicious way to medicate or enjoy the high from cannabis. It’s also long been a preferred method of ingestion for those who can’t smoke cannabis because of respiratory conditions. Consuming marijuana by way of edibles is just as beneficial as smoking when it comes to medicating because the cannabinoids enter the body through the gastrointestinal tract. The high that results from cannabis is more intense and lasts longer than when it’s smoked.
The marijuana market is saturated with hundreds of so many different kinds of edibles to choose from: the classic brownie, drinks, cookies, chocolate bars, candies, and so much more. That’s just the tip of the iceberg! Aside from the medicinal and recreational benefits of edibles, it’s also discreet so it’s perfect for consumption wherever smoking pot isn’t allowed. With all the varieties available out there, it can get overwhelming to choose the right edible for your needs.
Choosing the right edible can also be more challenging because there are no industry standards on dosage, ingredients, and potency; factors which will all play an important role in the effectiveness of cannabis in treating your ailments or how stoned you’ll get. This sea of options can prove to be overwhelming for some, which poses the question – how do I choose the best edibles for me?
Tips to Find the Best Edibles for You
When searching for the right edible for your needs, several factors must be considered. First, think about the type of experience you’re after. Are you looking to chill out and reduce stress? Or maybe relieve some pain throughout the day? Depending on your specific needs and purpose for consuming edibles, there are a few products that may work better than others.
For example, if you’re looking to relieve pain but stay uplifted and active throughout the day, you might want to try an edible that’s high in CBD and low in THC, such as Stratos CBD pills. Products that contain high amounts of CBD can help mitigate and relieve pain, anxiety and other negative effects that may hinder your lifestyle. Because they’re low in THC, you’ll be able to function and accomplish daily tasks.
If you’re seeking to mellow out and relax, then you’ll likely want something high in THC, infused with indica flower.
There are many edibles companies that make strain – or species – (indica, sativa, hybrid) specific products nowadays, allowing for you to better understand the high that will result after consumption.
Those seeking relaxation or sleep aid might have success trying an indica-dominant Cheeba Chew. Or, if you’d like something with less sugar, Julie’s Natural Edibles make granolas and seed mixes that are all strain-specific.
1. Ask Yourself: Do I Want To Get High?
You can filter out a bunch of edibles by deciding if you want to get super high or hella relaxed. If it’s a high you’re after, you want to chose edibles infused with THC. Want a mellow vibe? CBD, often found in liquid edibles, is what you’re after.
2. Ask Your Budtender For Help
Simply walk into your nearest retail shop and ask the person working behind the counter what they recommend. A good budtender has tried most of the edibles he sells, if not all of them. They’ll also be very helpful when it comes to dosing. If you’re new to consuming edibles, let them know so they don’t recommend a high dose. Even experienced smokers will find that edibles pack a bigger punch. Start with 5 mg.
The internet is your friend. Do a search on “Best edibles in (your city)” and you will likely be supplied with an outpouring of information, from guides to your local pot shops to customer input via Reddit, Yelp and Thrillist. Everyone’s got an opinion on edibles. It’s not hard to find.
4. Trial & Error
The best way to find out what you like is by taste-testing. Everything can be infused with marijuana these days, including cocktail mixers, wine, and coffee. Spend a weekend hitting up your local retail shops and picking out some items and trying them out with some friends. Or by yourself during a Netflix bing.
5. Make Your Own
When all else fails, make your own. This way, you can control the dosage and make foods you actually want to eat while saving some hard earned cash. It can be as easy as adding an infused oil. Recipes are everywhere. Just make sure you get yours from a reputable source. Or ask your friends if they have any recipes they’ll share with you (in exchange for some final product).
The marijuana market is saturated with hundreds of so many different kinds of edibles to choose from: the classic brownie, drinks, cookies, chocolate bars, candies, and so much more.
Look for cannabis edibles whose packaging includes detailed labeling. It’s important to know how much THC content the edible has as well as dosing information. Without knowing how much THC a serving has, it will be difficult to know what the appropriate dose is unless you resort to trial and error but you may end up greening out from consuming too much THC. Dosing information can also help you figure out how to break up the edible in order to consume 10mg of THC or less.
Look for a list of ingredients on the packaging. Not all manufacturers have a focus on the quality of ingredients in their product. Consuming cannabis as a medicine means that you also have to be careful about everything else that you are putting in your body. It’s important to eat edibles that also contain ingredients that are healthy for you.
Look for edibles with lab-tested products. Choosing edibles that have been lab-tested ensure that you are putting only safe and healthy food in your body. If you have children at home, you may also want to look for edibles that come with a child-resistant package.