Having an edible is a very good alternative to smoking cannabis. It has its own advantages and you can for sure get awesome recipes that can be turned into one. They are also more discrete, portable in many cases, and fun to eat and share. Are they more powerful than a blunt? What are the effects on your body? Do edibles taste like weed? Keep reading and discover these and more facts about edibles that might surprise you and make you understand a little bit more about the world of this way of consumption.
Edibles can be prepared in many ways: you can make butter, brownies, gummies, candies, beer, marmalade, and chocolate, among many others, your creativity is the limit! But... do edibles taste like weed?
So, as there are so many techniques you can use to prepare your own edibles, the flavor, and results may vary. But there is something you can keep in mind: the better the ingredients and the recipe, the less it is going to taste and smell like cannabis, as the other flavors will overcome it. If you are great at cooking, maybe you have a nice result and your edibles will have a softer taste.
Just keep in mind that, even if they don’t taste much like weed, they are still powerful and you can’t eat a lot of them, or you could have exaggerated effects.
French toast with berries and KØL pipe (HØJ media)
Tortilla chips with edible guacamole and KLIP grinder (HØJ media)
Why are edibles so good?
They don’t mess up with your lungs
When you smoke, you have to burn a substance that you are going to breathe afterwards. Tobacco, marihuana or anything else that you might smoke will liberate toxins and irritants that can harm lung tissues. When you have an edible instead, you avoid burning these effects in your lungs.
You can go unnoticed
When you smoke weed, the most probable thing is that everyone is going to know, as the smell is pretty strong and can stay in your hair and clothes for some time. Also, everyone can recognize a blunt from 5 miles away. If you want to be more discreet, taking an edible will look exactly like eating any food, and you won’t have to worry about what it looks like among your belongings.
Customize the dosage
Whether you want to only relax a little bit or get as high as possible, an edible is a good way to control the amount of weed that goes into your body. Everything depends on the amount and quality of your herbs, but also on the quantities you eat.
What are edibles' downsides?
As you imagined, not everything is perfect, and, of course, edibles are no exception. They have some downsides that you have to consider so you can decide if they are the best option for you or if you should explore other alternatives. Some of the cons of edibles are:
When you eat a product with weed instead of smoking it, it has to take a bigger route to your system, since it has to be digested to get to your stomach and liver, and then to your bloodstream and brain. That’s the reason why you might find yourself waiting for some minutes or even hours before you get high.
Customizing the dosage?
Yes. Controlling it? Maybe… As much as you can decide how much weed you add to your edibles, it can be hard to measure the exact amount you are putting into them. This can lead to greening out, which can be a very unpleasant sensation if it is not what you are looking for.
How you can cook or bake edibles?
There are many places and stores where you can buy edibles, but if you feel like trying yourself, here you have the steps you need to take to have a successful baking situation:
1. To get its effects, you need to heat the weed first. For that, break it out first with your hands, scissors or a grinder, and place it on a stray designed to go in the previously preheated oven. Use some wax paper so it doesn’t stick to the surface. Now bake for 30-40 minutes at 240 °F or 115 °C.
2. The next step is to infuse it with oil. For that, melt butter or add oil to a pot. Add your baked weed from the last step and let it cook for 2 or 3 hours. Don’t forget to stir it every once in a while.
3. Separate the plant parts from the butter or oil by using a fine straining.
4. Now you can use your butter for cooking your favorite recipes!
Edible chocolate chip cookies with cannabis plants (Envato Elements)
Do edibles get you higher than smoking?
The short answer is yes, and this happens because, as we said before, cannabis gets digested and goes to your liver, which intensifies the THC. However, it becomes a little more complex. It also depends on many other factors, such as your metabolism or what you ate that day.
Another thing to take into consideration is that the effect will also last longer, in some cases up to 12 hours. This is important because if you are new to trying them, the best you can do is to be sure you can stay in a safe place during that time, so you don’t hurt yourself or have any incidents while being high. We also recommend waiting at least 1 or 2 hours between every dose, so you give yourself some time to notice the effects and don’t get overly high.
Edibles are better or worse than smoking?
In conclusion, as we mentioned before, getting high with edibles is a different experience that has its particularities. If it is better or worse than smoking, it would depend on your preferences and your taste. In health terms, it is better if you don’t introduce smoke into your body, but you can definitely have faster and more measurable effects if you do it that way.
We suggest you try edibles, especially if it is your first time, in a cautious manner, so you don’t get any bad sensation or green out. Other than that, edibles are a super good option if you want to experiment with new levels of highness while eating a delicious treat. After trying edibles now you can be your own judge and answer yourself the question... do edibles taste like weed?
Disclaimer: HØJ is not a medical advice blog, so please consult with a doctor or a specialist if you have any questions regarding smoking, inhaling, eating edibles or anything related to cannabis consumption itself.