Edibles probably make you think about that friend who bakes brownies. You know, those psychedelic (stereotypical) pot brownies. Maybe you’ve even tried one and really liked it. But what do you actually know about edibles?

Even though cannabis is now legal, many people don’t know a lot about edibles. What little they do know is probably from TV and movies, which – let’s be honest – probably aren’t the most accurate depiction of edibles. To help clear up any misconceptions, we’ve answered some of the most common questions about cannabis edibles.

Why Choose Edibles?

Maybe the idea of eating your cannabis instead of smoking it doesn’t appeal to you, but edibles do offer some benefits.

A Smoke-Free Option

Primarily, edibles don’t require that you smoke cannabis. That may seem obvious (and may not seem like a benefit) but for some people this makes all the difference. Not everyone enjoys the smell of cannabis and some people with medical conditions (like those with asthma) can’t smoke their cannabis at all. Edibles allow them to enjoy cannabis without any pesky smoke.

Medical Benefits

For people who use medical cannabis, edibles are actually preferable. This is for two main reasons. The first is because the effects of edibles tend to have a much subtler onset and last longer than smoking. Second, edibles tend to have a greater effect on the body without the same cerebral high as smoking, making them ideal for treating medical conditions.

Greater Discretion

Finally, edibles are also much more discreet than other forms of cannabis. Rather than pulling out a joint or a vapourizer you can discreetly snack on your cannabis and enjoy the effects.

How Much Should You Take?

Many first time edibles users will expect to feel the effects right away, and when they don’t they’ll ingest a little more, then a little more. Don’t worry if you don’t feel the effects right away. It can take up to an hour to two to feel the effects of an edible.

The golden rule for edibles is to start low and slow. That means start with a small dosage and wait it out. See how you feel an hour or two down the road. You can always try a stronger dose or eat more the next time around. Remember, it’s going to take some time to figure out what your ideal dosage is.

What To Do if You Eat Too Much?

If you accidentally eat too much, you’ll probably feel unpleasantly high. This means feeling jittery, anxious, or paranoid. Unfortunately, you’re probably going to have to wait it out. There are a couple things that can help. You can try drinking water or taking a nap to sleep it off. Some people also find that using a little CBD oil helps counteract the THC high.

The important thing to remember if you’ve ingested too much is to stay calm! Nothing bad is going to happen as a result of it.

Where Can You Find Edibles?

Despite cannabis being legal in Canada, edibles are still not on the market. That means that for now you’re responsible for your own baking. You can look forward to edibles being legalized for sale soon though. They’ll be legalized no later than October of this year, but until then you’ll have to bake your own brownies.

Edibles provide you with a very different cannabis experience that we highly recommend. Even long time users may find that they can experience a whole new side of cannabis by using edibles. If you’re not sure where to start, check out some of these recipes from Medical Marijuana.