With the legal recreational adult-use of cannabis debuting in Arizona sometime in 2021, many curious newbies will be likely to try cannabis products for a variety of reasons. Since smoking or vaping cannabis will not be the first choice for many health-conscious individuals, dispensaries expect many will be drawn towards the edibles experience, which is far less intimidating to beginners. Why? Cannabis-infused edibles come in familiar forms such as gummies and baked goods.
The edibles experience can be very pleasant and relaxing, especially when you follow directions. Always read the instructions first. Skip them, and you run the risk of eating too much. There’s no assembly required, we promise. The Flower Shop’s beginner’s guide to cannabis-infused edibles can help Arizonans who are new to cannabis create the best possible experience.
For those who are new to cannabis and unsure if they’ll like its effects, edibles don’t need pipes, bongs, or other accessories to use, nor do they require inhaling smoke or vapor into the lungs. The smaller investment is another bonus for first-time cannabis users. Edibles cost about the same as a nice bottle of wine or a six-pack of a favorite adult libation, so they’re budget-friendly as well. Recreational use is all about making cannabis an occasion like having a couple of drinks with friends or just chilling out at home listening to music while cooking and eating a nice dinner. If you tend to feel anxious about new experiences, ask a trusted friend or loved one to hang out with you as a designated sober buddy. Think of your edible as a dessert, and settle in to enjoy a relaxing evening watching a favorite movie or show, playing a game, or just talking and laughing together.
Choosing the Right Edibles for You
Edibles come in many forms ranging from brownies and cookies to candies like gummies, suckers, and chocolates. The most popular edible by far is adult gummies. From gummy bears to rings to worms, these look just like the classic candies so many love, but with a bonus high not solely due to sugar. There are also infused savory snacks like pretzels and popcorn, sodas or other drinks, natural honey, and other tastebud teasing choices. Of course, we don’t recommend trying everything at once or eating or drinking more than the recommended amount, as tempting as these treats may be. For those worried about a pot taste, cannabis-infused edibles taste much the same as their non-infused versions. Just don’t forget about yourself and mindlessly overindulge*!
The Edibles Experience
To control the dosage of THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, we recommend purchasing edibles from a licensed dispensary. The most important rule to remember: keep these stored well out of reach of children and pets.
The first rule of edibles: when eating edibles for the first time, start low, go slow. As the old saying goes, you can always eat more (after waiting the recommended period of time*), but you can’t eat less, so beginning with a small controlled dose is the best approach. This means choosing a good edible mg dose ranging from 2.5mg up to 10mg maximum, especially if you are new to cannabis.
*Always follow the instructions on the package.
How Edibles Work in the Body
When cannabis is smoked or vaped, THC and cannabinoids are absorbed directly into the blood system through the lungs. Smokers are likely to feel effects within five to 10 minutes, and the high will wear off faster. Edibles are digested and processed through the stomach, small intestine, and liver, so the effects are more gradual, full-bodied, and long-lasting. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to feel the full impact of an edible dose–dependent on a few controllable factors.
Everyone’s metabolism is different, so it depends on your weight and digestion rate. It’s recommended you follow the same rules as you would with alcohol. It’s never a good idea to begin on an empty stomach.
What Does An Edible High Feel Like?
Start low, so you can gauge how your body will respond and how long it lasts. Our knowledgeable budtenders can help you choose the right edible and strain to promote the effects and experience you want to achieve.
Whether you’re new to cannabis or a seasoned connoisseur, the friendly budtenders at The Flower Shop will be happy to answer any questions you may have about cannabis edibles, different strains, their effects, and various delivery methods. Keep checking our website for updates on legal recreational product sales and the timelines.