Weed You Can Eat

Written by BlackbirdGo September 22, 2021
The Product

One of the questions that we get asked all the time in the cannabis industry is “Can you eat shatter?” Maybe it’s because of the enticing names of some cannabis concentrates like “Milk & Cookies Terp Sugar” or “GG #4 Live Resin Budder”. Whatever the case may be, sadly the answer is no. You shouldn’t eat shatter. Not only does it not taste very good, but it probably won’t give you the same effects as if you smoked it. If you’re looking for weed you can eat that not only sound good but taste good, we’d like to introduce you to the delicious world of cannabis edibles.

What is a weed edible?

“Edible” is the shorthand term for any food or beverage item that is infused with cannabis. Yes, any! Dispensaries offer many types of edibles in the form of gummies, cookies, chips, juices, and more. Edibles can be as simple as a brownie or as luxurious as a Matcha White Chocolate Bar. Edibles can contain different cannabinoids such as THC, CBD, CBN, or a combination. Similarly, edibles can either be indica or sativa-forward. Your choice of edible depends on the effects you want to feel, which we’ll discuss later in this article. Edibles take longer to absorb than other methods of cannabis since it passes through your body’s digestive system. Thus, it can take about one to 2 hours for an edible to kick in. The effects of edibles can be felt for up to eight to 12 hours depending on the amount of servings of THC you consume.Edibles come in different shapes, sizes, and flavors. They can be sweet or savory depending on your preference.

How do they work?

Cannabis edibles are absorbed differently than smoking the plant. When you eat cannabis, your digestive system breaks it down like any other food. THC, also known as delta-9-THC, is converted to 11-hydroxy-THC in your liver. 11-hydroxy-THC is simply a different form of THC that acts like a sedative and can last for eight to 10 hours in your body. A study published by the Journal of Clinical Investigation found that 11-hydroxy-THC is more potent than than delta-9 THC. Therefore, consuming weed edibles can produce a stronger high than smoking cannabis. While edibles can be perfect for a full night of sleep or micro dosing, first understanding which dose and what kind of strain is right for you is important. We highly recommend checking an edible’s THC level per serving and starting low. Wait about an hour or two before taking another serving. If you begin to feel the munchies come on after taking an edible, do not continue eating more edibles. Instead, opt-in for cannabis-free food to ease your hunger.

Image of packaged edible cookies.
Cannabis-infused edibles can come in different shapes, sizes, and flavors. They can even be sweet or savory depending on your preference.

Now that you have the basics down, let’s dive into the pros and cons of edibles.

The Pros of Cannabis Edibles

Here are the pros of consuming cannabis-infused foods and beverages:

  • Edibles are very discreet. Most cannabis edibles look just like commonplace food items.
  • The effects are prolonged. While smoking or vaping cannabis produces a high that lasts one or two hours in most consumers, the effects of edibles typically last several hours and can even produce a stronger high.
  • Edibles allow cannabis users and patients with respiratory issues to enjoy the plant’s benefits. There is no risk of damage to the throat or lungs when cannabis is eaten instead of inhaled.
  • Edibles purchased from a dispensary have precise doses of cannabinoids and undergo mandatory testing, making it easy to gauge the effects you’ll feel once you get to know how your body handles edible cannabis.

The Cons of Cannabis Edibles

  • The onset of effects can take anywhere from one to three hours, depending on your metabolism. Edibles have to be digested and broken down by your liver before any cannabinoids reach your brain. This can be a painful delay for individuals treating chronic pain and other medical ailments. (But again, the effects do last longer.)
  • It’s very easy to inadvertently eat too much of an edible before the initial effects have kicked in. Remember to always start with a low dose and wait for the effects to set in before consuming any more. You can always eat more, but you can never eat less!
  • Some people experience anxiety and an unpleasant level of intoxication after eating too much of an edible. This is due to the high concentrations of cannabinoids like THC found in edibles.
  • Because cannabis-infused edibles often look like familiar foods and candy, there’s a risk of children and pets inadvertently eating them and getting intoxicated or sick. If your child or pet has ingested edible cannabis by accident, get them to an emergency room or veterinary hospital (respectively) as quickly as possible. Always store edibles in a child-proof container that’s kept out of your child’s reach.

Edibles for Certain Effects

We collected a list of edibles that provide different benefits to help you gauge which effect is right for you. Plus, each product can be found on BlackbirdGo.com!

Elderberry THC/CBN Gummies

Elderberry THC/CBN Gummies by Wyld for Sleep

Sweet, tart elderberry pairs with indica-forward THC and CBN to softly deliver you to sleep in this jam-packed edible. The cannabinoid CBN is renowned for its sedative qualities, so this combination is great for sleepless nights. Wyld also offers other gummies with various strains and flavors that are worth checking out.

Green Apple CBD Fruit Chews

Green Apple Fruit Chews by Golden for Relaxation

Not all edibles are made with animal products. For example, Golden’s Green Apple Fruit Chews are 100% vegan and made with real fruit for a sweet taste and an equally sweet high. This edible contains 12 mg of CBD per serving, just enough to relax your body and inspire wellbeing.

THC Coffee Bean Sparks 3pk by Somatik

THC Coffee Bean Sparks by Somatik for a Boost

Somatik’s Coffee Bean Sparks are a part of the artisanal edibles collection available on BlackbirdGo.com. Coffee and THC will give you the extra spark your mid-day slump calls for. With 3 mg of THC per coffee bean, you’ll be able to control your high as well as its duration.

Moroccan Mint Petra Mints

Moroccan Mint Petra Mints by Kiva Confections for a Refreshing Calm

Thanks to the creative minds at Kiva Confections, you can consume cannabis as easily as popping a mint into your mouth. Each mint is packed with 2.5 mg of THC and blended with green tea matcha and peppermint extract.

Black Cherry Fusion Punch

Black Cherry Fusion Punch by Cannapunch for a Mellow, Pain-free High

Cannapunch’s Black Cherry Fusion Punch is one of many cannabis-infused beverages available in Colorado. The Black Cherry Fusion Punch is non-carbonated, 100% vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and corn syrup free. The highest quality of Nevada cannabis is used so consumers and patients can trust what they’re putting into their bodies. The entire bottle contains 200 mg of THC, so drink this once you feel comfortable exploring higher dosages of THC.

Cannabis-infused foods and beverages can be fun and delicious to try whether you’re a recreational consumer or patient. Consuming edibles with CBD can also benefit your stomach especially if you struggle with nausea, decreased appetite, and abdominal pain. If you end up getting too high, we got you covered.

Curious how to make your own edibles? Check out our simple and thorough recipe on how to make your own cannabutter at home. Happy eating!