Guide to Marijuana Edibles
There are so many types of edibles available for purchase, and it can be quite overwhelming to pick the right one for you. This guide covers the world of marijuana edibles, including:
- What are Marijuana Edibles?
- How Long Do Edibles Take to Work?
- What are the Different Types of Edibles?
- How Many Milligrams of THC is in an Edible?
- How Many Edibles Should I Eat?
- Edibles FAQs
What are Marijuana Edibles?
Marijuana 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). Edibles typically contain THC, although they can also feature other cannabinoids like CBD or CBN.
How Long Do Edibles Take to Work?
Not all consumption methods have the same onset, so it’s important to consider the type of edible you’re using.
Chewable Edibles (e.g. gummies, chocolate, etc.)
When you consume a cannabis edible, it enters the digestive system and is filtered through the liver before entering your bloodstream and eventually your brain. This means that it could take up 30-90 minutes before you start to feel the effects of the edible, but it also means that the effect can last longer than other forms of consumption, like smoking or vaping. (Note: there are many factors that dictate the onset of cannabis edibles, so it’s important to remember these are guidelines and not a hard rule for every consumer.)
Sublingual Edibles (e.g. mints, lozenges, etc.)
Rather than moving through the digestive system, sublingual cannabis products are absorbed through the mucosal membranes in your mouth. It then goes directly into the bloodstream, which leads to a much faster onset than chewable edibles.
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.
- 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 sweet lovers with an option to indulge in their favorite treat and experience the psychoactive effects of marijuana.
- Drinks & Drink Mixes: Cannabis-infused beverages are becoming increasingly popular among cannabis consumers. 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.
- Cooking & Baking Oils: If you’re interested in making your own edibles at home, take a look at cannabis-infused cooking and baking products. From cannabutter to taco seasoning, you’ll find a wide array of ingredients to add cannabis to your (adults only!) meals.
- 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, and even peanut butter.
How Many Milligrams of THC is in an Edible?
Edibles come in a variety of strengths, meaning you can find edibles that contain as little as 2.5 milligrams of THC to as much as 50 milligrams. Pay close attention to dose recommendations, especially if you’re purchasing a larger product. For example, an entire cannabis chocolate bar may have a total THC content of 100 milligrams, but each piece is 10 milligrams. Do not eat more than the recommended dose!
How Many Edibles Should I Eat?
There are a variety of factors when deciding how many edibles you should ingest. Medical patients should consult with their referring physicians when considering dosage amounts. For adult-use consumers, there are additional factors to consider. For example, if you’re eating an edible on an empty stomach, a single edible may have a stronger effect. You may even have a genetic predisposition to THC sensitivity!
You can see where we’re going with this. It truly depends on you and how your body responds to an edible. Your sex, weight, metabolism, diet, and cannabis tolerance may be vastly different from others. Remember, once it’s in your bloodstream, you can’t stop the effect of an edible. So start slow—you can always consume more edibles if you find the dose you started with isn’t giving you the effect you desire.
There are so many different types of edibles to choose from that we get a ton of questions in our dispensaries. Here are a few more tidbits of information on the topic.
What's better, sativa or indica edibles?
This topic is a bit more complicated than many consumers realize. 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 are mostly likely to give you the experience you want.
Do edibles taste like marijuana?
Many people curious about edibles also wonder if they taste like cannabis, and the answer varies depending on the edible. For example, if your edible is a coffee candy, the strong flavor of the coffee can likely hide the flavor of the cannabis better than something like a sugar cookie edible. Plus, edibles that have a higher potency tend to taste more like cannabis. For beginners to edibles, we recommend starting with a lower potency first and slowly titrate up.
Can I eat raw marijuana?
You can…but it won’t do much. That’s because raw cannabis flower contains THCA, a non-intoxicating cannabinoid, not THC. Once heated - or decarboxylated - THCA turns into THC. Edibles you purchase at a dispensary contain THC and are ready to eat. However, if you are making your own edibles, you’ll need to decarboxylate the flower ahead of time.
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 your local dispensary and ask a budtender to help you find the best types of edibles for you.
Recreational Cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.