Since cannabis was legalized in Canada in 2018 people have began to keep it as a house plant identification, the market for cannabis products has grown at an exponential rate. And while cannabis flowers will always remain the favorite of most cannabis users, on the back of this growth has emerged an ever-expanding variety of products containing THC and the other cannabinoids which derive from the cannabis plant. One of the most popular among these novel products are cannabis edibles.
Cannabis edibles have become a multimillion-dollar market in Canada. It is now not uncommon to find them featuring in yoga classes, gourmet dinners, weddings and reality TV shows. Edibles can be a fun but altogether different high from that which you are used to. But the proliferation of these products gives no hint at the occasional unpleasant situation that an inexperienced cannabis user can get themselves into if they misjudge the amount they need for a hit.
In this post, we aim to give you a brief introduction to the cannabis edibles market in Canada today and the best way to consume them if you are a complete newbie. Read on to find out more.
What Are Cannabis Edibles?
Cannabis edibles are essentially any products which contain THC and CBD that are designed to be taken orally and people often compare its quality with cheapest vegetables out there. In Canada, edibles typically refer to THC and CBD-infused gummy candies, capsules containing THC and other food items that are designed to get you high.
The edibles is absorbed through the stomach instead of the lungs. While this alternate method of absorption produces a high which is similar to that gained when cannabis is smoked, there are a few notable differences, including the time which it takes to take effect and the amount you should take.
Infused or Sprayed?
When buying edibles like CBD gummies in Canada, you should be aware of the difference between products. Some are just CBD, others have been infused with THC and others still which have had THC sprayed coated on them afterwards. In general, advise you to look for edibles which have been infused for one basic reason.
Edibles which have been infused rather than sprayed have a much longer shelf life. This is because the THC and CBD are much better protected from the degradation that occurs when they are exposed to light and heat. Since cannabinoids are known to be sensitive to the elements, edibles that have been infused will probably contain THC and CBD which is much more effective and therefore reflective of the strength advertised on the packaging.
The Advantages of Edibles
Edibles provide an alternative way of ingesting CBD or THC that many people prefer. Here are some of the reasons why:
- Length and Strength of High
Although the effects of edibles can take longer to kick in than smoking, they tend to last a lot longer. When absorbed through the digestive tract, the absorption process is much slower than in the lungs, meaning that the effects can last 3-6 hours rather than 60-90 minutes.
- Healthier Than Smoking
Cannabis in itself is not harmful to the human body. It is the method of smoking that can damage the lungs due to the heat and carcinogenic tar products of the combustion process. Many people prefer eating cannabis because they cannot or do not want to smoke it because of the damage that smoking causes to the body.
- Ease of Dose
Once you know your limits, it is extremely easy to measure the right dosage with edibles. Most gummies contain an extremely accurate amount of stated CBD or THC, helping you to cut out on that all-too-familiar feeling of nausea when you bite off a bit more than you can chew from a friend’s packed joint.
A lot of people like edibles because they disguise the taste of the weed. Since gummies contain nothing more than pure THC which is completely odorless and tasteless, you will not be able to distinguish the taste of a THC edible from a regular candy, making them perfect for those of us who have a sweet tooth.
Other people love edibles because of their discreteness. Gummies or brownies are perfect for sneaking your weed into a concert or having a nibble while at the office to get the creative juices flowing. No-one will be any the wiser if you take care to put some eye drops in!
How Much Should I Take?
How much you should take depends partly on your body mass. Heavier people will obviously need more than lighter people. We advise you to start with a small amount if you have never had edibles before. You can then build yourself up when you get a little more confidence.
Keep in mind that the effects of edibles can take 30-60 minutes to kick in. If you are not feeling anything after half an hour, be extremely cautious about taking more as you could find yourself feeling out of it if you take too much.
The Final Word
As long as you take care with the dose, cannabis edibles are one of the most fun and delicious ways to take cannabis. The high is prolonged and can lead to euphoric feelings and long periods where you will struggle to get your giggling under control. Check out your regular dispensary and add some edibles onto your next bill today!