This is a question that people new to cannabis often have. If you are newbie, edibles may seem scary or even hard to eat. You may also wonder what they taste like or if it will be the same experience as smoking pot.
The answer is “yes” most edibles taste like weed. However, this is not always the case. The weed taste often depends on what form the edible is in or how concentrated the cannabis extract is.
Cannabis sativa contains terpenes and cannabinoids that are released when heated or vaporized. This process can lead to different tastes depending on the strain of marijuana used. The level of THC also affects the taste as does whether it was from an indica or sativa plant.
If you’re new to cannabis and want a way to ease into it, edibles may be your best option. For those who are hesitant about using cannabis because they don’t like the taste of weed, this article is for you.
What Are Edibles?
To be considered a cannabis edible, a food or beverage must contain a cannabis extract. Most edibles use cannabis with significant amounts of THC.
Technically, any food product can be turned into an edible if it is infused with THC. Edibles can take many forms, from your typical pot brownie to candies and drinks. Since these foods contain THC, they can give you a psychoactive high when eaten.
If an edible does not contain THC, it is commonly referred to as “hemp food.” These foods and beverages often contain higher amounts of CBD and are created using hemp that contains lower levels of THC, if any at all.
How Do Edibles Work?
Since it takes your body a while to digest edibles, it can take anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours to kick in. If your edible is in liquid form, your body will digest it even quicker, and you will feel the effects in less than an hour.
Once your edible is digested, it will be metabolized by your liver. Once this occurs, your body converts the THC into 11-Hydroxy-THC, which makes it more potent. The THC then crosses your blood-brain barrier and takes effect.
Since this process takes a longer time than smoking, the psychoactive effects of an edible can last much longer. When consuming edibles, always keep in mind that they can last anywhere between four to twelve hours.
Why Should I Try Edibles?
If taste is a factor, edibles may be much more palatable. Since there are several other ingredients involved, it may be easier for you to eat cannabis than to smoke it. If you are interested in trying cannabis but don’t want to smoke it, edibles may be a great option for you.
Edibles are also much more discrete and typically do not have a strong smell. They are also much easier to consume if you have certain health conditions or do not want to harm your lungs. Edibles are also a great option for some people that need for THC to have a longer effect and greater impact.
When considering cannabis consumption, always consider which option is best for you.
Which Edibles Are Right for Me?
If you are a beginner, we suggest starting with edibles that have a low potency level. Some people do not like the taste of weed, so it is best to start small and work your way up. The lower the dosage, the less your edible will taste like weed.
Foods that are heavily flavored will also have a weaker weed taste. For example, a rich coffee-flavored treat will hide the taste of weed far more than a sugar cookie will. When selecting an edible, keep in mind the different flavor profiles of each food.
As you become more experienced, you can work your way up to edibles with higher potency levels. Pay attention to your body as you increase your dosage. Edibles will have a different effect than smoking weed and will take longer to work.
Since edibles vary vastly in potency, it is important to pay attention to how much THC your edible contains. How strong your edible is will greatly affect how the edible makes you feel and its potential side effects. Always consider your marijuana tolerance and never start with a potency that makes you uncomfortable.
If you are a beginner, start with edibles containing around 1mg to 10mg of THC. Once you have built up your tolerance and are familiar with how your body will react, you can start branching out to edibles with higher dosages.
Keep in mind that if edibles are homemade, it may be harder to accurately measure potency.
What If I Eat Too Much?
If you eat too many edibles, the first thing to remember is that you are going to be okay. It is common to feel panic if you consume too much THC, Remember that the edible that is what is causing you to feel bad. If possible, take a walk or put something calm and relaxing on the television. Listen to some of your favorite music or something that is soothing.
If you are feeling dizzy or nauseous, sit down and try to relax. The negative side effects will eventually wear off and you will be fine. Make yourself comfortable and ride out the high.
If you have an adverse experience, remember that eating edibles will not always be this way. Try to consider what may have caused a bad reaction. If you think that it is the edible, consider trying it in a different form next time. Continue experimenting with different tastes and potencies to find the right edible for you.
How Much Do I Eat?
If taste is a concern, take a small bite and see how you react. If you are not a fan of the taste, it may be difficult to eat the whole thing. It may take some trial and error to discover which flavors and forms work best for you.
You should also consider your tolerance, weight, and metabolism. Also consider your diet for the day and other external factors, such as what form the edible is in. As advised before, start small and work your way up.