The Edible Effect
There is something to be said about ingesting Cannabis rather than smoking it.
The experience gained from eating weed is incredibly different from the experience of smoking.
When you eat an edible or dose a tincture, it takes longer to kick in but once it’s in effect it will last a lot longer and feel a lot stronger than if you smoked. Anyone who’s ever tried one too many weed brownies, knows that an edible overdose is unpleasant to say the least.
Edibles are incredibly intense because of the way your liver processes THC. When the THC enters your system it starts out as delta-9-THC. When delta-9-THC passes through the liver it undergoes a chemical reaction that transforms the compound into 11-hydroxy-THC. This new form of THC is smaller than the original, allowing it to pass through the blood brain barrier much easier. The more THC that can permeate the blood brain barrier, the more THC that can bind to the receptors in your brain, causing you to feel higher for longer.
Because edibles are so strong, dosage is key, and it’s hard to know what your dose is without a little experimentation. Even if you can chainsmoke joints all day, eating 10mg of THC may render you incapable. Edible dosage is completely unpredictable, so If you are an edible novice start low and slow. Don’t know what products to start with? Check out these five craft edibles brands out of Oregon that we love.
Newly branded as Leif Goods for the recreational market, this company creates beautiful and delish products. They are true chocolatiers, whipping up some insanely delicious flavor combinations, while sourcing only the best ingredients. Currently, their Mint Hibiscus bar is available on the Oregon recreational market. It is a stunningly decadent peppermint dark chocolate bar dusted with a gorgeous layer of fuchsia hibiscus flowers. The Mint Hibiscus bar is infused with Cannabis oil that has a 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD. This ensures that the effects, if dosed correctly, should be delightful and anxiety-free. The THC will grant some much needed bliss while the CBD keeps the experience calm and grounded. The Mint Hibiscus bar is an ideal choice for any edible novice. It may be hard to resist eating more of this delicious masterpiece so make sure you have some unmedicated treats on hand.
Peak extracts is a powerhouse team of three badass women who are taking a different approach with their chocolate: Single strain edibles. Their dark chocolate is melt in your mouth delicious and each batch of chocolate is made with only one strain of Cannabis. They take the time to source batches of strain-specific trim so they can handcraft small batches of uplifting and/or relaxing chocolates. This allows customers to be able to customize their edible high. If you want to go on a hike or explore Portland, try the energizing Ice Queen chocolate. If you need help going to sleep, pick up the Pure Kush.
A company that is taking fruit gummies to the next level. Made with all natural ingredients and real fruit juice, Wyld’s gummies are filled with fruity goodness and are also quite potent. They are made with RSO, an ethanol extraction of Cannabis that yields a strong, viscous medicine. When infused into the gummies, it definitely packs a punch. The gorgeous paper packaging holds 11 gummies tucked inside, each with ~4.5mg of THC. Wyld also takes the type-specific approach for their edibles. While not strain specific, they do offer a Raspberry Sativa option and a Marionberry Indica option. So you can choose what type of gummy you are feeling for what time of day.
If you want to ingest Cannabis, but don’t want to consume a lot of sugar, try a tincture. Luminous Botanicals is the leading tincture company in Oregon and hits the mark on both taste and effect. Their tinctures have a coconut and almond oil base and come in three varieties: Sky High, Meadow, and Earth blend. The Sky High blend is all THC, the Meadow Blend has a 1:1 ratio of THC:CBD, and the Earth blend is entirely CBD. Each bottle comes with a dosing guide and the dropper has graduated measurements, so you can ensure that you are taking the amount that you want.
If you are looking for a very medicinal product, look no further than Siskiyou Sungrown. Siskiyou Sungrown produces RSO, or as they call it OCO (Organic Cannabis Oil) that can help with a variety of ailments. Since the OCO is so potent, the oil comes packed in a syringe for graduated dosing. Just a drop the size of a pinpoint can help with Cancer, Parkinson’s, Seizures, and many more often incurable diseases. Siskiyou currently has three ratios of OCO available; high THC, 1:1 THC:CBD, and high CBD. If you do want to explore the benefits of OCO, consult your local dispensary and make sure you follow dosing guidelines. If overdosed, the experience can be quite unpleasant. But at the right amount, the effects can be medically miraculous.
Whether you are an edible novice or a seasoned user, these five edible brands are worth checking out. Just remember less is more. Consume consciously and make sure you always have a tasty non-medicated treat on hand for further munching. Because if you find your dose, nothing beats the bliss of the edible effect.