Eating cannabis edibles on an empty stomach allows you to feel the effects more quickly, but it does not leave the edible in your body long enough to really absorb all of the cannabinoids you want, like THC and CBD. Whether you purchase them from a dispensary or make them yourself, you get the most out of cannabis edibles when you eat a small snack first. The real trick is to eat foods that have a high lipid content about 15 to 30 minutes before eating the marijuana edible.
Cannabinoids are absorbed into the body at a slow rate because they are not water soluble. They are lipophilic, meaning they are soluble in lipids. Fats are a common subgroup of lipids. Eating a small amount of high-lipid foods will slow digestion just enough to increase the amount of THC and CBD that are absorbed into the body.
While you definitely do want to eat a small snack that has a high lipid content, avoid overeating anything before ingesting marijuana edibles. You don’t want to slow your gastric emptying too much. Avoid greasy and sugary foods that are more likely to cause an upset stomach.
The high-lipid foods listed below are perfect options for anyone looking to get the most out of cannabis edibles.
Whether you smash them or slice them, avocados are simply delicious with just a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. If that’s not exciting enough for you, add some lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, or other spices like paprika or cumin and cayenne pepper. Better yet, really boost the lipid content of your snack by adding a little bit of olive oil too. Avocados are also high in fiber and potassium.
Eat it by the slice or the spoonful, depending on whether it’s hard or soft cheese. Pair it with crackers, grapes, apples, or just melt it on a little bit of bread (not too much). Mascarpone, goat, cheddar, and parmesan are all great options to include in your pre-edible snacking ritual. Kick the lipids into high gear by turning it into a full-on charcuterie with olives and prosciutto.
High in both fat and fiber, dark chocolate is another great precursor to prepare your digestive tract for cannabinoid administration. Dark chocolate is also rich in antioxidants, so you’re ridding your body of free radicals when you indulge in this snack.
Salty and juicy, just one cup of black olives provides up to 15 grams of monounsaturated fat. Since monounsaturated fat is one of the good kinds of fat, a pre-edible snack like this will give you the kind of energy your brain and body crave.
Extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil are both examples of plant-based oils. Some others, like vegetable or palm oil, may not be as kind to your taste buds as the olive and coconut varieties, but choose whichever you prefer. Take it straight or add them to one of the other high-lipid snacks on this list.
The smoked variety is more convenient when you need a quick, snack-sized portion instead of a full meal. You could also eat an ounce or two of a salmon filet if you have one available. Pair smoked salmon with some goat cheese and olives to super-size your lipid intake. A can of tuna would also do the trick if smoked salmon is not your favorite.
Arguably the easiest snack to prepare, most nuts are packed with the lipid content you need before eating cannabis edibles. With so many different types of nuts available, eat a handful of your favorite. Almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and peanuts are all great choices.