Chris DeWildt

August 22, 2018 5 min read
August 22, 2018
5 min read

How to Grow Cannabis 191 – Incredible Edibles

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In this part of our How-to-Grow Cannabis series, Growers Network educates you on the basics of Cannabis edibles. Look forward to more advanced topics later!

The following is an article produced by Growers Network. This article is for educational purposes only. We do not claim any responsibility for any legal or financial repercussions of your decisions. Always consult with a lawyer or attorney before making a decision that could have a legal consequence!

Fear Not!

You’re probably reading this because you’ve heard about edibles, but you’re not quite sure what they are or if they’re right for you. While there’s a lot of science and knowledge behind the production and the effects of edibles, the basics of edibles are just that: basic. So fear not as we dig into a short discussion about Cannabis edibles, their effects, proper consumption, and a few safety tips.


What are Cannabis edibles?

Cannabis edibles are food-based products that have been infused with THC and are a very popular method for ingesting marijuana. Many Cannabis users prefer edibles because they’re easy to ingest and can offer both a delayed onset and longer lasting effect than traditional Cannabis smoking. Not to mention, edibles may provide a safer and more reliable alternative for users with certain medical conditions.

Edibles come in a variety of forms: candy such as lollipops and gummies, baked goods like cookies and brownies, and even butters and oils to infuse your own recipes with the psychoactive power of THC.


The Effects

While the effects of smoking or vaping marijuana come on quickly, the effects of edibles come on more slowly and typically last longer. Depending on dosage and other factors such as weight and physical health, the effects of an appropriately dosed edible come on in around 30-90 minutes and can last from 4-12 hours. Typical effects are relaxation, “deep” or “philosophical” thinking, and increased laughter.

Negative effects may include fatigue, dry mouth & eyes, anxiety, and even paranoia in some cases.

Are You Experienced?

Even if you’re experienced with marijuana, it’s a good idea to pace yourself when indulging in edibles for the first time. The effects can be hard to predict for edibles and a little knowledge can go a long way. Edibles typically have a longer period of onset, meaning you won’t feel the effects as quickly as you would through inhalation of smoke or vapor. A good rule of thumb is to give the edible a 30-90 minute window for the effects to begin. Take it slow, and don’t consume more than a single dose until you know how it will affect you.

How much should I take?

In Colorado, where recreational use of cannabis is legal, the recommended dose for edibles is ten milligrams of THC per serving. It’s recommended that a first time edible user start with half of that amount or less (2-5mg) and then wait for the effects to kick in before consuming more.

Also, some Cannabis products are not meant to be eaten as a single serving, but rather eaten in portion, so it’s important to read labels and ask questions about proper dosing if you are unsure.


Additional Tips:

  1. Label your edibles and keep them away from children, pets, and anyone else who shouldn’t partake.
  2. Take with (non-medicated) food. An empty stomach will result in more intense effects.
  3. Don’t mix with other substances. Mixing substances like alcohol or illegal drugs with your edible can result in unpredictable, and unwanted, effects.
  4. Do not drive while under the influence of edibles. If you must go somewhere by car, find a sober driver.
  5. Always be aware of the legal status of Cannabis edibles in your state or country.

So there you have it. Hopefully we answered the questions that brought you here, but at very least you know a little bit more about edibles and whether they may be right for you. For additional reading on the history of Cannabis consumption, click the link below. And who knows? Maybe one day soon you’ll be learning how to prepare your own edibles.

Bon appetit!

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About the Author

Chris DeWildt is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and Western Kentucky University. He worked in education and publishing for ten years before joining the team at Growers Network. In addition to editing the GN blog, Chris also works on the Canna Cribs series.