What Are Cannabis Edibles & How Do They Work?

March 16, 2023

Outside of terpene-rich cannabis products like top-shelf flower and high-quality concentrates, edibles are probably the most delicious cannabis products stocking our shelves. They’re the perfect option for cannabis enthusiasts who prefer not to inhale their product or who simply want to infuse their favorite treat or candy with cannabis extract.

What are Edibles?

Edibles are cannabis-infused food products. Depending on how they’re made, they can contain THC isolate or a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes. This is why some edibles have a distinct marijuana flavor while others have no flavor indicators that they have cannabis in them.

If you view our menu, you’ll notice there are all different types of edibles available for purchase, including brownies, cookies, candies, chocolates, drinks, biscuits and even popcorn. You can also purchase ingredients like cannabutter and cannaoil to make your own favorite recipe using canna-ingredients instead of grocery store-bought options. 

What are the Different Types of Edibles?

We’ve mentioned a few different types of edibles already, but there are a few categories of edibles that you’re most likely to find at your favorite dispensary. They include:

Cannabis Gummies

Move over Haribo, there’s a new gummy in town. Cannabis gummies can take the form of familiar gummy treats like peach rings and gummy bears, or just be a small square of chewy, sweet-tasting gummy infused with THC. Pectin or gelatin gummies come in pretty much every flavor you can think of, including sweet and sour options.

Cannabis Lozenges & Hard Candies

Cannabis hard candies and lozenges can be absorbed two ways: through the mouth and through digestion once the candy is swallowed. This means that it’s possible that sweet confection can create intoxicating effects faster than edibles that are only digested. Like all other categories of edibles, there are countless flavors to choose from when indulging in cannacandy. 

Cannabis Baked Goods, Cookies & Brownies

When someone says the word “edible,” it’s hard not to immediately think of cannabis brownies. They’re one of the most popular baked goods on the market, but there are many more options available, ranging from sweet to savory. You can get anything from muffins and cupcakes to buttery biscuits and crispy crackers.

Cannabis Chocolate 

For those who can’t get enough of cocoa, chocolate infused with cannabis can satisfy any craving while also offering the intoxicating effects of cannabis. While chocolate edibles can be found in both milk chocolate and dark chocolate options, there are also gourmet options like truffles and chocolate strawberries.

Cannabis Drinks

Name your favorite type of drink. Tea? There are tea edibles. Soda? There are soda edibles. Cannabis coffee? You guessed it, there’s a cannadrink for that. If you can drink it, there’s probably a cannabis-infused version of it. For any beverages you love that you can’t find as an edible, you can always purchase a tincture and add it to your beverage, instantly making it an edible.

How Do Cannabis Edibles Work?

Cannabis edibles work by being absorbed through the mouth or stomach. The cannabinoid or cannabinoids and terpenes are absorbed through the thin skin of your mouth and under your tongue or via digestion. Then, they enter the bloodstream and start affecting the receptors in your endocannabinoid system the same way as any other cannabis product. 

So what do edibles do to you? Well, when it comes to edibles that have both cannabinoids and terpenes, you may experience the entourage effect. This is the idea that cannabinoids and terpenes all work together (not just THC alone) to create the intoxicating feelings that come with cannabis consumption. While edibles with only THC isolate in them still create a psychoactive effect, there is no entourage effect because there’s only one cannabinoid that’s activated in the product. 

How to Make Cannabis Edibles

You can make your own cannabis at home by using cannabis-infused ingredients. The most common two ingredients are cannabutter and cannaoil—both of which can be purchased from a dispensary. This eliminates the messy and aromatic process of creating your own cannabutter or cannaoil and allows you to get right to making your favorite recipe. 

Truly, your cannabis edibles are only limited by your imagination. There are people who make brownies and cookies, but you can also whip up your own cannabis barbeque sauce, toss your favorite pasta in garlic and cannabutter, or even spread a pad of cannabutter on a slice of fresh-from-the-oven bread. 

If you’re interested in making your own edibles, be sure to pick up some cannabutter at one of our locations. It works great for recipes like lemon bars and Mexican street corn

Answering FAQs About Edibles

When it comes to frequently asked questions about edibles, these are the ones we get the most from our customers:

What is the difference between CBD and THC edibles?

The difference between THC and CBD edibles is that THC edibles will cause psychoactive effects and CBD edibles will not. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the cannabinoid responsible for the intoxicating experiences cannabis consumers enjoy. To purchase edibles with THC, you need to visit one of our dispensaries. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid with no psychoactive effects. Instead, it’s being studied for its potential therapeutic effects. It is possible to purchase CBD edibles outside of a dispensary, but we don’t recommend it. The CBD market is unregulated, so you don’t really know the quality of the product that you’re getting. 

What edibles are the easiest to make?

The easiest edibles to make are edibles made with our cannabutter. You simply substitute our cannabutter for the butter in a normal recipe, and voila, you now have edibles. Easy peasy. 

How long does it take edibles to work?

The time it takes edibles to work depends entirely on the edible. For example, if you suck on a cannabis lozenge, it’s possible you’ll feel the effects within 30 minutes. This is because the cannabinoids are absorbed through the thin tissues of the mouth. This allows them to hit the bloodstream faster than edibles that are eaten and have to be digested in order to work. In general, we recommend giving any edible a full hour to feel the effects before you eat more.

Purchasing Edibles and Cannabutter

Edibles are a great option for people that want to microdose throughout the day, wind down after work, or just relax and enjoy the cannabis experience. While you can purchase your favorite treat from our dispensary, you can also purchase cannabutter and make a traditional recipe with a twist. Just make sure you clearly label your leftovers!

Please consume responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product.  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.

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