Cannabis Edibles: Benefits, Tips, & Brands You Should Know
Interested in getting into cannabis edibles? If you’ve never enjoyed cannabis this way before, you might have some questions about where to start, how to dose, and what you can expect— plus which products are worth considering.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know to get started with edibles, from what they are and how they work to which brands we recommend for your first steps into eating or drinking your cannabis.
What Are Edibles?
In the most basic terms, a cannabis edible is any product that’s infused with cannabis and meant to be ingested orally— a fancy way of saying swallowed. That being the case, edibles include not only cannabis products you can eat but also any that you can drink— cannabis-infused beverages have become extremely popular in the last few years. Other popular forms of cannabis edibles include gummies, chocolates, baked goods, gum, and even cooking materials like pasta sauces.
But it’s important to distinguish between edibles and sublinguals. While sublinguals do begin their journey through your body via the mouth, they’re applied via a dropper on or underneath the tongue. These aren’t swallowed but rather absorbed directly from this area of the mouth and then into your bloodstream.
Edibles, on the other hand, first enter your system via your stomach. That means that they have some specific properties when compared to other methods of consumption, such as smoking or vaping.
It’s also important to note that not all edibles are for getting high— many are CBD-based and designed to offer health benefits like reduced anxiety, improved sleep, and more.
What’s Different About Edible Cannabis?
Cannabis that begins in your stomach must take a different, much longer path than many other forms of ingestion. Because the cannabinoids that give cannabis its effects can’t start taking action until they enter your bloodstream, and edibles first have to be digested before they can get to that point, the effects of edibles usually take significantly longer than other methods. Usually, this can mean as long as two to four hours.
But with that longer onset period can come a more intense high, which means that it’s important to be cautious about your dosage when taking edibles.
Tips for Enjoying Edibles
When trying edibles for the first time, we always recommend the ‘low and slow’ approach. While this is a good tip for any first-time cannabis user, it’s especially important for edibles. Because edibles can take a long time to kick in with their intense effects, many inexperienced users will think that they simply haven’t taken enough. They ingest more, and then find that all of the effects hit later than expected— and are much more intense because of their double-dipping. This can lead to an unpleasant high if you’re not careful.
It’s also important to remember that edibles can make a quick smoke session in the middle of a busy day more difficult— the delayed onset of effects and long-lasting potency sometimes requires you to set aside several hours for your session, depending on your dose.
Our recommendation? Start with a small dose of 1-2.5mg for your first time, then try kicking up to 2.5-15 mg on up to 30-50mg only when you feel comfortable. The right dose can depend on lots of factors— with edibles, this includes how much food is in your stomach, which will affect how long it takes for your body to process the cannabis.
And remember— start low, go slow.
Edibles Brands We Love
Looking for recommendations for awesome edibles? Here are a couple of our favorite edibles brands we carry at Embarc
Based in the Pacific Northwest, Wyld is a principled brand whose cannabis-infused gummies and chocolates are made for an active lifestyle that embraces the natural. Their products are infused with real fruit ingredients as well as the purest cannabis possible, making for both great taste and potent benefits.
Delicious Wyld gummy flavors include Peach, Huckleberry, Marionberry, Raspberry, Pomegranate, and Strawberry. You’ll also love Wyld’s lineup of cannabis-infused chocolates, from Blood Orange White Chocolate to Strawberry and Peach.
You can find the best flavors from Wyld at The Farmacy Santa Barbara, available for in-store purchase or online order.
Plus edibles are focused on wellness, with each product carefully designed to combine cannabis with other all-natural ingredients to deliver a specific health benefit. For improved sleep, try their Sleep Cloudberry gummies infused with multiple beneficial cannabinoids as well as melatonin.
For improved mood and energy, try the Uplift Sour Watermelon or Tangerine flavors, both infused with THC and formulated to brighten your day.
Atlas is one of the most innovative cannabis edibles brands on the market, and we’re huge fans. They’re notable for offering the only cannabis-infused granola bar currently available— and we’re happy to offer it in our stores!