Though many people prefer to consume cannabis in its original “flower” form, there are many looking for an alternative to smoking. These days you can find edibles in a multitude of varieties; including gummies, cookies, brownies, honey, and beverages to name a few. Like flower, all edibles are not the same, and depending on your desired effect you should speak with your budtender to learn the properties of each.
What Should You Look For?
The first question you should ask is whether the edible is a Sativa or Indica dominant. Some will not specify, which means they are a Hybrid of the two. If you are looking for a “daytime” edible that will have more of an energizing effect, you will want to lean toward a Sativa. For more of a relaxing or “nighttime” effect with your edible, you should inquire what is available in an Indica variety. You will also see a difference in the amount of CBD vs. THC in certain edibles. In particular 1:1; or an equal combination or CBD and THC. CBD counters the effects of THC and can assist with inflammation along with other benefits.
What Should You Expect?
Most edibles take approximately an hour after ingestion to feel effects, and those will last for around 3 hours. This will be different for every person so if you are new to edibles, it is important to start with a low dosage (5mg or less) and wait at least an hour before taking more. If you are looking for something that will kick in quicker, there are options which will be labeled as “fast acting”.
The rest of the options are personal preference. It is always best to ask for recommendations and try a few varieties to find the flavor and consistency that is right for you. One thing is for certain; there will continue to be new options available as edibles become a strong second to flower in the market!