Edibles. The word alone conjures up homebaked goods reeking of grass and promising a rollercoaster ride of unknown highs and lows. Even when grey market products started popping up, the labelling and serving sizes proved iffy. Especially for the uninitiated. At least with smoking, weed can be consumed one puff at a time, and the lungs don’t turn THC into a super-charged psychedelic (a metabolite called 11-OH-THC) like the liver does when marijuana becomes food.
Future regulations on edibles in Canada will sort out some of this confusion around dosing and just in time for a whole wave of new medicated consumables to come to market—even drinks. Consumers are already using edibles for better sleep, pain relief and as an alternative to drinking. And there are a few characteristics that fans of edibles tend to embody allowing them to enjoy this mode of getting high without the awkward, suctioned-to-the-couch experiences. Here’s what we’ve observed.
1. They consume with intention
How you enter the experience is how you will feel throughout—amplified. And because the high last longer when you eat marijuana, that can be a bumpy ride, indeed. Edibles pros might scan themselves emotionally and physically to make sure they’re ready for the dose of cannabis they are about to consume, be it a micro-dose before bed or a heavily-dosed goodie before going off on a hike. The advice here is to take a beat before you put anything in your mouth. Are you feeling confident, energetic, and fed? If yes, then your pump is probably primed for a groovy time.
2. They know potency and dosing
Edibles run from about 2mg of THC to thousands of milligrams. The one that’s right for you is somewhere there in the middle, but it’s not going to be immediately apparent which dose is correct for you. Body composition, the time of day, whether you just ate, and what you are doing are all factors in how an edible will affect you physically and mentally. The mantra of the edibles master is, “start low, go slow.” That is, choose edibles with lower cannabis content or break that cookie into small pieces and consume something like 5-10mg at a time until you feel pleasant, yet comfortable, effects of it on your body and mind.
3. They respect the entourage effect
Cannabis is a complex alien of a plant, with hundreds of therapeutic compounds known as cannabinoids and terpenes. When these compounds interact, it’s called the “entourage effect,” and it helps to show us why some strains are better for inducing sleep while others have a more mind-expanding effect. Not all edibles tell you about the type of marijuana used in the recipe, but those that do can help you better predict where you’ll be at when it kicks in one to two hours later. The seasoned edibles Jedi knows that “whole plant” products use all of the compounds in the plant and that’s where the entourage effect will come into play, whereas a THC-isolate product has only THC and nothing else. While a THC-isolate edible may make it easier to predict its impact, what you may not know is that another compound called cannabidiol (CBD) helps to mitigate the high provided by THC. Maybe you want to choose a product with that cannabinoid included, like a 1:1 ratio tincture or beverage.
4. They consume on a full stomach
Lining the stomach with some food before consuming edibles was touched on in the first two points, and edibles experts know why. Since cannabinoids are traveling through the stomach when eating marijuana, it serves to reason that combining edibles with other food will help slow down absorption and metabolization. It’s similar to the logic used by those who “line their stomach” before a night of drinking alcohol.
5. They pay attention to the ingredients of the entire product
Most edibles tend to contain high levels of sugar, salt, and preservatives. So much for all-natural bud, right? Diet-conscious consumers know that it’s possible to compromise, either by making better decisions based on the other ingredients present, adding cannabis oil to foods they typically eat, or learning to make healthy edibles at home.
Parker is a cannabis enthusiast to the core who shares a keen interest in listening to what others have to say and understanding what’s important to them. Those who know Parker know that his passion for health and wellness runs deep, and his love of Canada even deeper!