Looking for a healthier alternative to smoking? Interested in exploring an intense and more psychedelic high? Want to combine your passion for baking with your love for weed?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you might want to consider cannabis edibles. Here are a few questions that every edibles newbie should know the answer to:
1. Can you eat weed raw?
Yes, if you eat enough of it, it’s possible to get high from eating raw cannabis. However, due to the taste, texture and poor absorption efficiency, it’s probably the worst possible way to consume weed.
Interestingly, some experts are adamant that there are some notable health benefits to eating raw cannabis, as discussed in the YouTube video here: Eating cannabis or weed raw
Despite these claims, you probably won’t be chowing down on your buds any time soon. Instead, the simplest, tastiest and most effective way to create an edible is to whip up some cannabutter and use it in a good ol’ fashioned pot brownie. There are countless methods out there, but you can’t really go wrong with the following recipe:
2. Is eating weed different to smoking it?
Eating weed is a vastly different experience to smoking it, largely due to the way in which it is absorbed. When you consume marijuana in edible form, your liver converts the THC into 11-hydroxy-THC, a potent metabolite that is able to cross the blood-brain barrier more easily than regular (inhaled) THC.
What does this mean for you as a recreational user? Well, while effects do vary between people, generally speaking you can expect a much slower onset (typically between 30 and 90 minutes) than consuming weed via other methods, followed by a high that may last for several hours. The effects are typically more psychedelic and many users also report a significant body high.
3. How much should of this pot brownie should I have?
The slow onset, combined with their relative potency, means that you should always be cautious and responsible when partaking in marijuana edibles. This is particularly true given how difficult it can be to accurately measure out a dose, as one slice of brownie may be significantly more powerful than another. No matter how delicious your baking might be, go slow and wait to feel the full effects before taking another bite.
What are your favourite pot recipes? Let us know in the comments!