Everything You Need to Know About Edibles

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What are cannabis edibles  

Cannabis edibles are food products that contain some amount of marijuana within.  Typically edibles contain either of the cannabinoids THC or CBD, or oftentimes both. Edibles come in many different shapes and sizes, but can essentially be boiled down to include any product made with marijuana that is “eatable”. 

How are cannabis edibles made

In order for cannabinoids to be absorbed by the body, cannabis must undergo a process called decarboxylation which requires it to be exposed to a heat source. When smoking cannabis, this heat source is the combustion from a lighter. When consuming edibles, the cannabis has undergone decarboxylation by being heated in an oven and infused into butter or oil, which is then used in the cooking process of whatever edible is being produced. This is because the cannabinoids THC and CBD need to bind to fat in order to be absorbed by the body, so butter or oil makes an ideal vehicle for these cannabinoids to become fat-soluble.  

Do they taste like cannabis?   

No, they taste like chicken. Kidding! Although, this does beg the question: what exactly does cannabis taste like? This is an extremely difficult question to answer without delving into an hours-long philosophical discussion attempting to find some way of describing tastes without merely comparing them to other tastes. What does chicken taste like? Well, it tastes sort of like a lighter version of pork. But what does pork taste like? You see where this infinite loop is going… 

In order to bypass this problem, we will assume the best way to describe the way cannabis tastes is that it tastes as it smells. Operating under this assumption, we can answer our original question with the somewhat confusing answer that yes, sometimes edibles taste like cannabis. This is largely dependent on the amount and potency of the cannabis used to produce the edible in question, as well as on the skills and desires of the person cooking the edible. Some edibles have a very strong flavor of cannabis, while some could be eaten without ever knowing any cannabis was in them. Generally speaking, most edibles will have at least a hint of cannabis flavor in a similar way to how a good cocktail will have a hint of the flavor of the spirit that comprises its core. 

What Should I Look for On Product Labels?

The first thing you should decide when purchasing cannabis edibles is: what is the desired effect you are seeking by consuming this edible. If you are looking only for stress and/or pain relief, or another medicinal application of cannabis, you should consider purchasing edibles that only contain CBD. If you are in search of the psychoactive “high” that comes with consuming cannabis, you should favor a product that contains THC. 

Potency and dose size are other factors that are important to consider when purchasing edibles.  A standard cannabinoid “dose” is around 10mg, so be aware of how servings are broken down in the edible you are purchasing. If for example, you have bought a product that is listed as containing 100mg of THC, be aware of the fact that you only need to consume 1/10th of the product in order to receive a single standard-sized dose of THC.  

How Do the Effects of Cannabis Edibles Differ From Those of Other  Cannabis Products?

Generally speaking, cannabis edibles have a longer-lasting and more potent effect when compared with other ways of consuming cannabis. The “high” from a cannabis edible typically will last around six to eight hours, so be aware of this when consuming edibles, as the rest of your day will likely be conducted under the influence of the edibles you have eaten. 

How Long Does It Take for Cannabis edibles to Kick in?

This depends on a wide variety of factors such as the consumer’s height, weight, diet,  metabolism, and general tolerance to cannabis. In addition to these factors, the manner in which the edible is consumed plays an important role in determining how long it will take to feel the effects of a cannabis edible. If for example, you have eaten a cannabis brownie, most experts estimate that it will take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes for you to feel the effects, with the peak “high” occurring somewhere around 3 hours into your experience. This longer wait time when compared to smoking cannabis, for example, is due to the fact that the metabolization of cannabis from edibles has to occur in the liver after it has passed through the digestive tract and then the bloodstream. Following liver metabolization, the cannabinoids then reenter the bloodstream and make their way to the brain, which is where you feel the “high” associated with cannabis edibles. This is a longer process than the absorption of cannabis gum for example,  which enters the bloodstream via the mucus membranes in the mouth, and does not need to pass through the digestive tract.  

What To Do if You Eat Too Much or Feel THC’s Effects Too Strongly?

The first measure you should take to avoid this problem entirely is to start small and slow when consuming cannabis edibles for the first time. Begin by taking a small amount of edibles initially,  and observe how your body reacts before considering taking larger amounts. Also, be aware of the aforementioned wait time, and do not consume more edibles until you have allowed a  sufficient amount of time for yourself to actually feel the effects of the edibles you have already consumed. 

If you happen to find yourself in a situation where you feel as though you have consumed too large a dose of edibles, try to breathe deeply and wait out the wave of anxiety that may have hit.  If this proves ineffective and your symptoms worsen and become dangerous, immediately consult a doctor or a poison control center. 

Our Favorite Cannabis Edibles 

Brownies 

Cookies 

Chocolate 

Lollipops & Hard Candy 

Cannabutter or oil-infused meals such as pizza, pasta, etc. 

Chalice Farms Fruit Chews

Of course, our favorite edible of all is our very own Chalice Farms Fruit Chews, which come in a  variety of delicious flavors such as Acai Berry, Lemon Ginger, Kiwi Strawberry, Black Cherry and others. These tasty gummies are made with real fruit puree and are individually tailored to match your desired edible experience with each flavor containing a unique ratio of THC to CBD.  Available everywhere Chalice products are sold.