When you inhale cannabis, whether through vaping or smoking it, the onset is usually between 10 to 30 seconds and the effects will last a couple of hours. However, when you eat it, the onset will take 30 minutes to an hour to kick in, but it will last between four and eight hours.
Many people find edibles to be more approachable as a way to consume. Especially if you want to avoid the downsides of smoking it. Yet another reason is some people just don’t like the taste of cannabis.
If you are trying it for the first time – start slow and go low. Try five milligrams and see how you feel. It usually takes about two hours for edibles to kick in, so be patient. If you eat too much the first time, you will regret it. However, if you eat responsibly, you'll want to eat edibles again in the future.
Knowing how to eat an edible responsibly is essential when consuming infused foods. It is important that you are aware of your own metabolism and know what dosage is right for you. Everyone is different.
Secondly, investigate and choose your strain. Different strains will have different effects on you. For example, if you want something that provides energy, look for strains that have higher levels of the terpene limonene. Limonene is the citrus terpene that makes you feel uplifted, energized, and focused. It acts as a mood enhancer and stress reliever and promotes weight loss. If you want to feel relaxed and sleepy, strains with higher levels of linalool are a good option. Found naturally in cannabis, lavender, and other florals, linalool helps with anxiety, sore muscles, sleep, and depression. It can also help control acne.
You can’t actually eat cannabis by itself. The active ingredients in cannabis are something that's fat soluble for the most part so it requires heat and a bit of fat to coax those active ingredients out. This is why most infused foods are made with butter, olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil.
After decarboxylating dry cannabis flower, pick the type of infusion you want to make, and then pick your method. When making a butter or oil, another trick is not to overgrind the cannabis after it decarboxylates. Grinding the flower too much will create an infusion that displays an unattractive green color and intense herbal flavors that won't taste good in your recipe.
It is also important to remember that cannabis oils and butter are not just for brownies, cookies, and sugar-packed sweet treats. You can incorporate infused products into healthy recipes such as salads, sauces, appetizers, granola, and stir-fry, plus so much more. Your options are endless, so be creative and have fun in your kitchen!