The days of finding basic weed brownies and cannabis cookies are over.
Modern cannabis companies have seriously stepped up their edibles game in the past few years, and in today’s wide world of legal weed you’ll find all kinds of cannabis infused foods.
From gummies, chocolates and cupcakes, to salt water taffy, rice crispy bars and almost everything in-between, the world of cannabis fare reaches far.
Keep reading to learn everything there is to know about different types of edibles. Because even if you consider yourself a “smoker,” who doesn’t want to expand their weed experience horizons with some delish canna-infused food?
Key Takeaways: Edible Types
- Marijuana edibles are foods infused with cannabinoids derived from hemp or cannabis, and typically contain THC, CBD or both.
- Different CBD:THC ratios are said to contain different potential benefits.
- There are various types of edibles available in both sweet and savory options.
- Cannabis edibles can be purchased online and at dispensaries.
What are Marijuana Edibles?
Marijuana edibles are common food items that are infused with cannabinoids, usually THC or CBD. Edibles are typically taken orally, but there are some designed to be taken sublingually (under the tongue).
When it comes to different types of edibles, the world is seriously your oyster. Whether you prefer sweet, savory, salty or something in between, there’s definitely some kind of cannabis edible to satisfy your unique taste preference.
If you’ve ever eaten weed-infused food, you know how different the high is compared to smoking weed. Edibles produce a much stronger, longer lasting high than other forms of consumption, which all comes down to the way THC is metabolized once it’s eaten.
The effects from smoking weed are felt almost instantly and tend to last less than an hour. The effects from edibles, on the other hand, aren’t felt for up to 30 minutes or longer, tend to be much stronger and can last for hours.
Types Of Weed Edibles
- Gummies: Marijuana gummies include products like gummy worms, gummy bears, gummy strips, etc. Gummies are typically available in doses of 5-25 mg THC per gummy.
- Pastries and Baked Goods: Weed pastries and baked goods include all kinds of sweet treats such as brownies, cookies, cakes, rice crispy bars, muffins and more. Standard serving sizes range from 5-25 mg THC.
- Beverages: Infused beverages include different types of cannabis tea, juice, seltzer, tonic, kombucha, mocktails and more. Typical servings sizes are 5-10 mg THC per drink.
- Hard Candy: Hard candy types of cannabis edibles are things like lollipops, mints, lozenges, etc. Standard serving size averages 5-20 mg per hard candy.
- Artisan Candy: Artisan edibles include items like speciality chocolates, salt water taffy, fudge, licorice, ice cream and other delectable goodies. Standard serving size of artisan cannabis candy is 5-25 mg THC.
- Salty Snacks: Salty canna snacks include things like trail mix, crackers, potato chips, pretzels and more. Typical serving sizes of cannabis salty snacks range from 10-25 mg THC.
Types Of Edibles At Dispensaries
Take a trip to your local dispesary and you’ll find a huge array of different types of edibles, all of which come in different dosages and cannabinoid ratios. Certain dosages and ratios are better for beginners or other users seeking specific therapeutic effects.
Beginners might find low dose edibles containing 1-5 mg THC per serving are exactly what they need, while individuals consuming edibles for therapeutic reasons might find better results with high dose edibles of 25-50 mg THC per serving.
If you’re new to cannabis edibles, it’s highly advised to start with the lowest amount of THC possible. Edibles hit harder than smoking weed. When you consume cannabis orally, the THC gets metabolized by the liver which results in a more intense high. Even experienced smokers will want to take it slow when trying edibles for the first time.
If you’re new to edibles, we recommend starting with no more than 5 mg in order to gauge your individual tolerance. If you take a high dose, your edible experience might not be enjoyable. Because there really is such a thing as getting “too high,” and consuming high doses of edibles can do it.
When shopping for edibles at dispensaries, you’ll find different types of edibles will contain different cannabinoid ratios. This refers to the ratio of CBD to THC in a cannabis product.
A 1:1 ratio (the most common ratio you’ll find at dispensaries) simply means the product contains equal amounts of CBD and THC. A 10:1 CBD to THC ratio would mean the product contains 10x the amount of CBD to THC.
As it turns out, there’s something to these cannabinoid ratios. A 2018 study found that THC:CBD ratios were better at reducing pain than THC alone, with participants using CBD:THC ratios experiencing almost 40% improvement in pain compared to THC alone.
Following are some of the most common cannabinoids ratios and potential benefits:
Cannabis edibles with a 1:1 ratio contain equal amounts of THC and CBD. Some of the potential therapeutic benefits of this ratio are:
- Pain relief (acute and chronic)
- Reducing stress
- Reducing muscle spasms
- Treating nausea
Edibles with a 5:1 ratio contain 5 parts CBD for every 1 part THC. For example a 5:1 gummy could have 10 mg of CBD and 2 mg of THC. Some of the potential benefits:
- Treating insomnia
Edibles with a 20:1 CBD-THC ratio have 20x as much CBD per dose in relation to THC. 20:1 ratios may contain the following therapeutic benefits:
- Reducing anxiety
- Reducing inflammation
- Treating chronic pain
- Treating chronic insomnia
How Much THC is in an Edible?
How much THC is in an edible all depends on the edible.
You can find just about any THC serving size in different types of edibles, ranging from microdoses to mega high doses.
Most brands offer edibles on both the low and high end of the THC spectrum.
How Many Edibles Should You Eat?
The amount of edibles you should eat all depends on your own unique body chemistry and tolerance level.
If you’ve never eaten edibles, start with smaller doses up to 5 mg. Give it a couple hours to gauge how you feel and slightly increase your dose in 5mg intervals until you experience the desired effects.
Keep in mind that edibles can take up to two hours to kick in. Don’t think the edible isn’t working after 20 minutes or an hour and take more, as you could end up getting too high and experience adverse effects like anxiety and paranoia.
Following is a general outline of varying edible strengths:
Microdose THC Edibles
- Contain 1-3 mg of THC per serving.
- Ideal for beginners, first time edible users.
Low Dose THC Edibles
- Contain 3-5 mg of THC per serving
- Ideal for consumers with low tolerances, novice users.
Moderate “Standard” Dose THC Edibles
- Contain 10 mg of THC per serving
- Ideal for consumers with intermediate tolerances, very experienced cannabis smokers.
High Dose THC Edibles
- Contain 15-30 mg of THC per serving
- Ideal for consumers with high tolerances, frequent edible users.
Very High Dose THC Edibles
- Contain 50-100 mg of THC per serving
- Ideal for experienced edible users, consumers with very high tolerances.
Maximum Dose THC Edibles
- Contain 100-1000 mg of THC
- Ideal for users that require extremely high doses, seasoned edible users with an extremely high tolerance.
Edibles Frequently Asked Questions
What Do Edibles Look Like?
When it comes to different types of edibles, brands simply recreate the look of foods we’re already familiar with.
Weed lollipops look just like regular lollipops. Cannabis cookies look just like normal cookies. Cannabis cupcakes look like cupcakes.Ganja gummies look like regular gummies.
Visibly there’s no difference between a THC-infused chocolate bar and a normal chocolate bar except for the label.
What Kind of Edibles Do Dispensaries Sell?
You’ll find all different types of edibles at dispensaries, from savory to sweet in a variety of CBD:THC ratios.
The most common cannabis edibles you’ll find include gummies, baked goods, chips, mints and chocolates. Some less common edibles are caramels, taffy, ice cream, and cakes.
You’ll also find infused drinks like tea, sparkling water, tonics, kombucha, non-alcoholic shots and more. THC is also infused into beer, wine and other select alcoholic beverages.
You can find a THC edible in the form of many popular food items. We’ve even seen weed cereal, espresso beans and pastry tarts.
Dispensaries also sell edibles in different cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBN, etc) and ratios (1:1, 5:1, 20:1, etc).
What Kind of Edibles Are There?
Whether you prefer sativa, indica or a hybrid in-between, there’s an edible out there for you.
Sativa edibles are ideal for daytime use and produce a “head high.” These produce energetic and cerebral effects.
Indica edibles are ideal for nighttime use and produce a “body high.” They can increase hunger, promote relaxation and cause sleepiness.
Hybrid edibles share sativa and indica effects and produce a balanced high. Note: If a THC edible doesn’t specify the strain or type of cannabis it’s usually a hybrid.