Not All Edibles are Created Equal

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When you think of edibles, you tend to visualize your high school friends passing some ‘special brownies’ around. You can also recount that they either got you straight smacked or were completely lackluster (thanks for making me your test subject, but hey they were free.) Since California passed Senate Bill 420 in 2010, the quality […]

When you think of edibles, you tend to visualize your high school friends passing some ‘special brownies’ around. You can also recount that they either got you straight smacked or were completely lackluster (thanks for making me your test subject, but hey they were free.)

Since California passed Senate Bill 420 in 2010, the quality and variety of edibles available has reached new heights. And in 2014, there are now thousands of respectable vendors in the United States. The legality of medical and recreational marijuana has let business owners and chemists alike perfect the process of baking, cooking, juicing and more – even down to the dosages.

Edibles are a great avenue for those who cannot smoke marijuana because of respiratory illness or those who just prefer not to smoke. Edibles also have a longer lasting effect, as they release a higher concentration of cannabinoids over a period of time: this means you can feel relief for up to eight hours, instead of the average smoking high of 3 to 4 hours. Without the lingering smell of weed, and with a longer more intense effect, eating a dessert made with cannabutter makes the 1-2 hour wait for it to kick in more than tolerable.

When shopping for your own edibles (in an area where it is legal), it is always best to find a shop which makes their own hash-oil. Hash oil is the main component in making edibles, and this allows the shop to accurately calculate the percentage of thc and cbd in every product they offer. The accuracy in each product’s packaging allows anyone, from the seasoned smoker to the marijuana novice to easily find the perfect balance. This, combined with the specific strains used, plays a large part in choosing which edibles are best for you.

Still, it is a rarity that the dosages will yield any accuracy unless you are purchasing from a legitimate laboratory or bakery. You probably aren’t making your own hash oil, and it’s doubtful most shops are, either. This can be detrimental to those ingesting it, with the potential for effects to catch them off guard. It can also waste some of your precious bud. Keep in mind that if you do have food allergies, there aren’t any laws keeping these kitchens clear of nuts, allergens, gluten, etc. Most states only require a commercial kitchen license from the establishment to make edibles. Always ask questions. You are there for your health so make that a priority to them, too.

I cannot emphasize enough that if you are to partake in edibles for illness, go with an established and trusted storefront that makes their own ingredients with employees who can help you find a great fit for your needs.

The stigma attached to marijuana has long been tied to smoking. Rolling up a joint and smoking it. Packing a bowl and smoking it. Stuffing a Gotti and smoking it. Times have changed. With edibles, people young, old and even those with gastrointestinal and respiratory illness can partake in an ideal treatment without facing any social stigmas.

Sources: Medical Jane