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Edibles are pretty much any type food item that has been infused with cannabis, THC, CBD or cannabidiol. Here in Colorado, edibles can be found in most dispensaries, both recreational and medical. The only difference may be is that you may find higher THC content edibles in medical dispensaries than in recreational, but it varies. Colorado’s definition of one edible dose is 10 milligrams (mg). Some edibles have more than one dose of THC and may come with directions to only consume part of the product.

Here’s some general rules when consuming edibles:
1-5 mg THC – A good start for people who may not be familiar with edibles or marijuana in general. This dosage is said to relieve mild stress, anxiety and low-level pain.

5-10mg THC– A stronger euphoric feeling. Usually best for someone who has experienced the effects of marijuana and may partake a few times per week. Will relieve a higher level of pain.

10-25mg THC – A strong euphoric feeling. Should only be used by those who regularly eat edibles and have a higher tolerance to the product. If not familiar the effects of marijuana, may result in an uncomfortable state. Is effective relieving a higher level of pain.

25-50mg THC – A very strong euphoric feeling, be cautious. Only to be used by someone experienced with the effects of marijuana and a very higher tolerance.

50-100mg THC – Can be dangerous causing a rapid heart rate and nausea. Should only be used by patients under doctor’s care.

Edibles are a nice alternative for those who prefer not to smoke as well as those who do smoke cannabis but will take edibles in situations where smoking is not allowed, or discretion is desired. Edibles come in many forms. On the retail side you can find a wide range of cannabis-infused products such as all types of baked goods, brownies, cookies and cakes, chocolate bars, granola bars, truffles, hard candies, soft candies, drinks, the list is extensive. A couple of the candies that have received a lot of attention are Gummies and Cheeba Chews.

Gummies can come in all different flavors, cherry, strawberry, watermelon, blueberry, mango to name a few. They can also be purchased based on the class-specification of sativa (you have the energy to clean the house), indica ( you are on the couch and mellow) or a combination hybird.

Cheeba Chews were one of the first edibles to come on the medical marijuana scene and can also be purchased at most recreational dispensaries too. They are also available as sativa, indica and hybrid. Check the THC content first. It’s easy to get too high on cheeba chews.

Cannabutter is the same as real butter and mainly used for cooking other cannabis-infused foods. There are many recipes out there to show you how to include cannabis to take your home cooked meal to another level.

Other options of oral cannabis include, tinctures which are a highly concentrated oil cannabis drops placed under the tongue, pills and capsules, and don’t forget the drinks.

Cannabis infused drinks are becoming a big thing. They include coffee, punch, teas, cocoas, shots, colas, lemonade, well, there are cannabis infused drinks to suit every taste.

Cannabis drinks are very similar to edibles, but you drink it. Cannabis drinks tend be a little more consistent regarding THC levels than edibles because edibles are usually made with oil-based infusions, while beverages use water-soluble THC that has been emulsified. This complex process transforms pure cannabis oil into small enough parts to disperse evenly throughout a liquid. Once emulsified, the THC oil can be made into a beverage with a more accurate reading of the THC level. Drinking cannabis will provide a more potent experience than taking a hit off a joint. The effects will come on more quickly than eating an edible. Edibles can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours to feel the effect. With drinks it is usually 15- 30 minutes. The high is can be anywhere from 2-5 hours. It is best to consult your local budtender regarding THC content of your drink of choice.

Other things to consider when consuming edibles…
Since edibles don’t kick in right away, it can be tempting to take more soon after your first dose. This can lead to an uneasy feeling. It’s best to start out slow, with a low dose, and over time, work your way up to a dose that produces the desired effect.

It’s recommended to wait at least 24 hours before taking another dose.

Other factors that may affect how quickly you start to feel the effects from edibles can include diet, metabolism, sex, weight and tolerance.

An edible high can last much longer than smoking or vaping and will vary based on the dose and potency of the product.

It’s important to read the label carefully before you consume the product. Look for the THC content per serving and identify whether the serving size refers to the entire product or only a portion. Most edible cannabis products identify how much THC is in a single serving. For instance, a single gummy may contain 10 milligrams (mg) of THC but the package might contain a total of 100 mg of THC, that’s 10 gummies. But remember, even when you know exactly what you’re consuming, edible dosing isn’t always predictable. Always caution on the lighter side and start slow. It can be very easy to consume too much. It’s like your hair, if you cut it too short, you can only wait it out for it to grow back. Too many edibles, wait it out.

Edibles have many advantages especially for the medicinal users who want longer-acting relief. They can be easier to consume, more discreet and are not associated with any odor. Much like medication, it’s possible to take edibles without others noticing.
– Edibles often look very similar to other foods, drinks or candy and can easily be confused for non-marijuana products. Keep these products locked up and out of reach of children and pets.
Last, in the current world of Uber, lift, light rail, bus, taxi, if you have too much or if you consume alcohol after taking an edible call for a ride, be safe!

Sources
www.denverpublichealth.org/community-health-promotion/substance-misuse/marijuana-edible-facts
www.medicalmarijuanainc.com/marijuana-edibles/
weedmaps.com/learn/products-and-how-to-consume/edibles/
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coloradocannabistours.com/guides/marijuana-edibles-dosage-effects/
health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/are-marijuana-edibles-safe
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medicalsecrets.com/marijuana-drinks-vs-edibles-reigns-supreme/