In our experience, you either love them or you hate them. If you couldn’t already guess, we’re talking about edibles.
As potentially the most polarizing way to consume cannabis, the key to edibles is to learn as much as you can about them in order to make an educated decision about your ideal experience. And that’s where we come in!
So without further ado, welcome to the world of edibles — cookies, gummies, chocolates… you name it, and it’s probably available in a dispensary and infused with cannabis. But what exactly are edibles? Do edibles have any negative side effects? And how does one go about finding their correct dosage?
Let’s get into it.
What Are Edibles?
This one is fairly self explanatory. Edibles are any product that contain cannabis and are meant to be eaten or sipped in a drink. Consumption of edibles dates back thousands of years, giving them a rich and varied history; however, the edibles we’ve all come to know and love are more recent than you may think.
Just the idea of infusing cannabis into regular ol’ baked goods was first popularized in 1954 when Alice B. Toklas published a cookbook that featured a recipe for hash-infused fudge. Between then and the 1970’s people really began experimenting with chocolate and cannabis — leading to the ‘pot brownie’ craze of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Eventually, people branched out and edibles ranging from rice krispies, candies, and even cannabis-infused kombucha began dominating the market.
What are the Different Types of Edibles?
From brownies and cookies to gummies and mints, edibles are a fairly diverse range of cannabis products. Given that they are essentially disguised as normal food, it’s especially easy to confuse a THC-infused baked good, for example, with a non-medicated one.
In other words, be very careful out there because that brownie that your daughter, little sister, nephew, or cousin baked could very well get you higher than a kite.
While scrolling through the HyperWolf edibles menu, you’ll see quite a few different options including gummies, cookies, fruit chews, sour belts, tinctures, and even a THC-infused spin off of Turkish Delights (hello, Rose Delights).
So, which one are you most tempted to try?
How to Find the Correct Edibles Dosage
And here’s where things get a little tricky. Everybody knows that too high of a dose and you’re in for an uncomfortably high experience, but too low of a dose and you risk not feeling anything at all.
So, what is the perfect dose? That depends on your tolerance level and experience with cannabis.
A 1mg-5mg dose is incredibly mild and most commonly used by new consumers that have not yet built their tolerance or by those searching for a microdosed edible to aid in treating minor pain or anxiety.
A 5mg-15mg dose is usually suggested for those with moderate consumption experience looking to really feel the effects. While browsing our dispensary menu, you’ll most commonly see 100mg packages that contain 5mg or 10mg pieces meant to be consumed over a long period of time.
A 20mg-50mg dose is considered relatively high, and is ideal for very experienced marijuana users with a high tolerance to edibles. If you decide to consume this high of a dose, expect to experience heavy euphoria.
And finally, a 50mg-100mg dose is saved for only the most experienced edible consumers with an extremely heavy tolerance, or those who are being treated for ailments such as cancer or inflammatory conditions.
How to Have the Best Edibles Experience
Given that edibles must pass through the stomach and liver, they tend to have delayed effects that last much longer compared to smoking flower. To avoid a bad experience and ruining your perception of edibles forever (IYKYK), we suggest starting with a lower dose and waiting at least an hour to fully assess how you feel before consuming more, especially if you’ve consumed the edibles with other food. This is truly the best way to gauge your tolerance levels and understand how your body processes edibles because we’ve all been there… you think the edibles aren’t hitting, you take another dose, and suddenly you’re on the moon.
If you find yourself in the midst of an uncomfortable edibles high, drink plenty of water and consume a small dose of CBD to offset the effects.
So there you have it — our complete guide to edibles discussing everything you need to know from the different types of edibles, the complete dosage chart, how to have the best edibles experience, and even what can be considered an edible.
If you’re new to the edibles game, be sure to check out our Edibles for Newcomers blog before diving in and ordering a few edibles off of our menu.