Guide to Marijuana Edibles
With so many different types of edibles available, we decided to create a guide to help you choose which edibles you may want to try. In this guide, we’ll explain:
- What are Edibles?
- What are the Different Types of Edibles?
- Which Edibles are the Strongest?
- What is the Most Common Type of Edible?
What are Edibles?
Edibles are a type of cannabis-infused food product that is either consumed orally or absorbed sublingually or buccally (under the tongue or through the cheek, respectively). There are a variety of different types of edible products available in both medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries. Whether you love sweet candies or savory snacks, most cannabis connoisseurs can find something they enjoy on the product menu for their area.
Want to know more about edibles? Check out our Edibles 101 guide.
What are the Different Types of Edibles?
The types of edibles at dispensaries in your area may vary from state to state, but this list compiles some tried and true favorites in the edible world.
- Baked Goods: Chances are you’ve heard of marijuana brownies. Baked goods make up some of the most popular cannabis edible types. And the industry has expanded exponentially when it comes to baked cannabis products. Now, you can buy cookies, pancakes, brownies, muffins, and more, depending on state regulations. It would be impossible to list them all here, and there are certainly even more options available if you prefer to make your own cannabis baked goods at home.
- Gummies & Chews: These sweet, chewy products come in all different shapes and sizes. While they look and taste like candy, it’s important to remember that dosages vary with edibles, and you should take care with your dosage to avoid unpleasant side effects.
- Mints & Hard Candies: Mint and hard candy edibles are made just like normal candy, but they’re infused with THC distillate. Most hard candy-like marijuana edibles are designed to be absorbed through the cheek wall or under the tongue. This can cause a faster effect than oral edibles with a lower intensity.
- Chocolate: If there is a type of chocolate you love—white chocolate, dark chocolate, mint chocolate, cookies & cream—there’s a good chance there’s a cannabis chocolate out there for you. Chocolate cannabis edibles provide chocolate lovers with an option to indulge in their favorite sweet treat and experience the psychoactive effects of marijuana.
- Drinks & Drink Mixes: Cannabis-infused beverages are becoming increasingly popular among cannabis consumers for their social friendliness. You can find anything from seltzers to. There are also teas, juices and more. And if you prefer to make your own drinks, drink mixes can help you create the perfect beverage at home. Like candy, remember, drinks and drink mixes can be absorbed through the cheek and under the tongue, providing a unique experience.
Curious about cannabis cocktails? Learn more in our Cannabis Beverages 101 guide.
- Cooking & Baking Oils: If you do a lot of cooking at home and consume cannabis, this might be the perfect edible for you. Cannabis-infused oils for cooking or baking can be used for anything from baking desserts to sauteing your favorite vegetables from the garden. You can even use it to make your own salad dressings. Cannabis oil is easy to make at home or you can purchase it from a dispensary.
- Savory Snacks: Not everyone has a sweet tooth. Some of us prefer salty, savory snacks that still give us a psychoactive experience. If this sounds like you, savory snack edibles might be the perfect option. These come in a variety of types, including doughy pretzels, cheesy biscuits, delicious pizza and barbeque sauces, popcorn, potato chips, crackers, and even peanut butter.
You may also be wondering whether you should choose indica vs sativa edibles. However, this topic is a bit more complicated than many consumers believe. When it comes to edibles like gummies, candies, lozenges, etc, these cannabis products contain THC distillate rather than actual cannabis sativa or indica plant material. Therefore, it’s difficult to compare edibles to flower. You’re better served asking a dispensary expert which edibles will give you the experience you want.
Which Edibles are the Most Potent?
The award for the strongest edible goes to a new type of edible every few months as the cannabis industry continues to innovate. Typically, baked goods tend to be the type of edible that is easiest to jam-pack with THC, but there are some chocolates that also contain record amounts (1000mg, to be specific) of THC. While these products can be a bit of a novelty, they should absolutely be portioned appropriately when consuming them.
What is the Most Common Type of Edible?
While product sales vary from state-to-state, you’ll often find gummies and baked goods to be the most popular, largely among new cannabis consumers. This is likely because they’re a tasty, familiar way to consume cannabis and easy on beginners. The challenge with marijuana baked goods, however, is that sometimes it’s hard to get the dosing right. That’s why, no matter how good this common edible is, you should start with a small bite, wait, and see how you feel in about 30-90 minutes (wait the longer end of that scale if you’re eating edibles on a full stomach).
What Type of Edible Should You Try?
With all the different kinds of edibles out there, it comes down to your preference. Do you want your edible to be more of a snack? Try a savory edible. Do you want your edible during social interactions? Cannabis beverages are a great option. If you’re still unsure, visit one of our local Verilife dispensary locations. Our cannabis experts can help you find the best types of edibles for you.
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