Demystifying Edibles

Health & Wellness
By: Todd Covelli | Kristina Guerrero Posted: 3:26 PM, Jul 22, 2022 Updated: 11:43 AM, Jul 28, 2022

Marijuana being legalized in most states means consumers are exploring a range of new products, including edibles. But newbies beware — eating your cannabis is very different than puffing it. We’re getting a quick course on kush with a beginner’s guide to edibles.

How edibles work

Getting your cannabis from an edible is different than getting it from smoking in several ways – on the plus side, it’s easier on your lungs and to control your dose precisely. On the dubious side: While smoking gives you an immediate effect, with edibles, some folks take 45 minutes or even several hours to feel the impacts… and then it can be quite overpowering. So proceed with caution until you know your product.

Test dosage

Fay Powell of Item 9 Labs in Phoenix, Arizona, recommends purchasing a couple of different items and testing them very conservatively. It’s all about finding your minimum effective dose – she suggests starting small, like 2-5 milligrams in a gummy or pill, about 3 hours before bedtime – if it’s too much, you can just go to bed.

Buying options

What you buy depends on what effect you want. While baked goods, gummies, and candy have a delayed reaction, you can get a more instantaneous effect with soda pop or a strip that’s like one of those dissolving Listerine strips. For beginners, a trip to your licensed dispensary and a talk with the budtender is your best bet because, well, they’re the experts!

From gummies to soda pop, that’s the ABCs of edibles.