Cannabis edibles are often associated with food items made with cannabis or cannabis oils; however, any orally ingested cannabis product is a cannabis edible product including tablets, lozenges, and gummies. Edible cannabis products require a lipid (fatty) oil base as a carrier of cannabinoids to ensure absorption. Edibles are slower acting (30 mins to 2 hour onset) and can last for longer periods of time (4 to 8 hours). While edibles are very popular, new users should be cautious when trying edibles for the first time. Taking edibles often results in a more intense high due to the liver’s conversion of delta 9-THC to 11-hydroxy-delta 9-THC which is a more potent psychoactive metabolite. So first-timers should pay close attention to how much they take starting with 1.5 to 5 mg of THC and waiting at least 2 hours before consuming more.
Edibles, when dosed correctly, can be used for more long-term effect and/or relief making them a more convenient way to dose throughout the day or night since you would not have to re-administer as often. Edibles come in many different ratios of THC/CBD strains ranging from all THC to equal ratios of THC/CBD to CBD.
New Jersey now allows for the production of pre-made chocolates, baked goods, butters, jams, and jellies. For those users who are worried about calorie intake, try flavored lozenges, gummies, or chews. If sugar intake is still a concern, try cannabis pills, tablets, or capsules.