Eating cannabis in a variety of forms has been around for centuries, but the recent legalization of retail marijuana sales in Colorado and Washington in 2012 has sparked a huge market for new, tastier forms of edible marijuana treats. Do you have questions about marijuana edibles? Check out this Complete Guide to Marijuana Edibles to answer any questions.
Marijuana edibles crafted by the Denver area extraction company, Infuzionz, may be found exclusively at all 6 locations of The Green Solution dispensaries in Colorado. In this review, you will learn details of the 25 mg Infuzionz Marshmallow Crispy Treat with Peanut Butter Toffee. The 25 mg version is only available to patients with a valid medical marijuana registry card. The same treat is available for recreational purposes on the retail side, but those will only contain 10 mg per serving. The Colorado campaign, “Start low, go slow,” indicates that novice users should ingest a maximum of 10 mg the first time.
This medicated treat is approximately 2 inches by 2 inches of marshmallow and peanut butter goodness. The marshmallow crispy treat is topped with a thin layer of chocolate. The taste of the toffee was not evident in this particular sample. The flavors of marshmallow, peanut butter and chocolate were the most prominent, but the flavor of cannabis was also easily detected. The marijuana taste of this product was by no means overwhelming, but was definitely evident. Even if the product was out of the package, a person would be able to detect the scent and taste of cannabis.
The texture of this pre-packaged edible remained consistent with that of a fresh, homemade rice crispy treat, despite the unknown amount of time it spent in a package waiting to be sold. Although, the date this treat was made is not included on the package, there is an expiration date to prevent ingesting an expired item. There is also a batch number for tracking.
The packaging of this product is clear, concise and simple, but is not designed to be child resistant. Therefore, under Colorado law, these items must be placed in a child-resistant container before the purchaser may exit the dispensary.
There is a lengthy warning on the back of the package which clearly states basic information such as, the item contains marijuana, “intoxicating effects may be delayed by two or more hours,” and that it is only intended for consumption by adults aged twenty-one years and older. The milligrams of marijuana contained in the item is listed in 3 places on the package making it very easy to identify how much THC is in each package.
The package indicated that this edible item was processed in a plant that also uses wheat, soy, nuts, dairy, gluten and eggs. The ingredients listed on the front of the package are as follows:
- Rice puffs
- Milk chocolate
- Corn syrup
- Baking soda
With Christmas just around the corner and the growing spotlight on marijuana edibles as an alternative to smoking, we put together the best 5 gifts for the cannabis cook in your life. Each product was selected to either make cooking with cannabis easier or add some unique flair to the kitchen of cannabis cooks. Whether you’re holiday shopping or looking for your own guilty pleasures, these gifts are sure to delight!
1. Magical Butter Machine
This is the all-star gift for the cannabis cook. If you’re familiar with cannabis cooking, you probably know that you start nearly every recipe with the preparation of your cannabutter. This can be a real hassle and time waster if you or your cook wants to get right down to business. This machine does the hard work for you and helps to produce consistent cannabis butter. $175
2. The Essential Cannabis Cookbook
Jessica Catalano is one of the most respected cannabis cooks in Colorado or anywhere else. Her book “The Ganja Kitchen Revolution” is the self-proclaimed Bible of Cannabis Cuisine. The book is available in both paperback and Kindle, so you can prop up your iPad while tearin’ it up in the kitchen. Wether a newbie to cannabis cooking or an experienced ganja gastronomist, this book will inspire. $12-$16
3. Weed Shaped Cookie Cutters
These pot leaf shaped cutters will add some flair to any type of cookie! This is a simple and affordable gift and will be put to good use even if the recipe doesn’t contain cannabis. We highly recommend some green sprinkles to go on top of your fun and festive cookies! $7
4. Weed Leaf Baking Pan
This baking pan will set your recipes aside from the rest of the crowd. The non-stick silicon baking pan will help make infused goodies that look the part. The silicon pan will prevent your treats from getting stuck in the pan and is dishwasher safe. $12
5. Pot Holders
These put the “pot” in pot holders. The bright green holders are dishwasher safe and will be a good reminder to not reach directly for the pan when you’re baked and baking. This inexpensive and practical gift works cooks and smokers alike and will keep your mittens safe when you’re pulling your goodies out of the oven. $8
Marijuana legalization is happening all across the United States, and legalization has brought new, more convenient ways to consume cannabis. Edibles have been around since your dad was eating pot brownies at Woodstock, but today’s legal market may mystify even the most experienced users. Medical patients and recreational consumers alike may be surprised by the hundreds of edible marijuana products differing in type, taste, potency and packaging that fill up dispensary shelves today. The team at Whaxy has partnered with Medical Jane, to introduce to you this educational guide, promoting knowledgeable and responsible cannabis consumption.
There are a several important things to remember when you consume marijuana edibles to have a safe experience. For experienced marijuana consumers many of the common pitfalls may seem obvious, but consuming edibles can produce an entirely different experience than smoking. Whether it’s choosing the right product or determining the right amount to eat, novices and experts have many of the same questions.
1. What Type Of Edible Is Best?
Nearly any type of food can be infused with cannabis, as long as it contains some form of lipids (fats). The effects between different types of edibles do not vary widely, so this is mainly a question of personal preference. The most notable difference between edible types is how they are absorbed into the body.
There are two different ways in which edibles can be absorbed into the bloodstream; sublingual and gastrointestinal. The first, sublingual, is latin for “under the tongue.” This type of absorption occurs when consuming suckers, lozenges, tinctures, or hard candy. This occurs at a much faster rate than gastrointestinal absorption because the cannabinoids are able to enter directly into the bloodstream through the tissues of the mouth.
Gastrointestinal absorption does not happen until the edible has entered the digestive tract. This means it will take longer to feel the effects. This type of absorption occurs when you consume items such as brownies, cookies, baked goods, savory snacks, and drinks.
2. How Much Should I Eat?
How much depends on your past experience with marijuana. For rookies, the rule is start low and go slow. Many, including the state of Colorado, suggest a starting dosage of 10 mg. This may not seem like much for experienced smokers and those who have an high tolerance for marijuana, but everyone consuming cannabis should err on the side of caution.
The Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation recently produced the First Time Five website, which recommends only 5mg of infused edibles to ensure that no consumer, medical or recreational, has a poor experience. Remember that you can always eat more, but once it’s in your system you have to ride out the effects.
3. How Long Until They Kick In?
Unlike smoking marijuana, the effects of edibles may not be felt for up to and beyond 90 minutes. Peak effects may be delayed up to 2 hours, whereas the peak effects of smoking or vaporizing come in as little as 5-10 minutes. This is because of the way our bodies process THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
When smoked, delta-9 THC bypasses processing by the liver and directly enters our bloodstream via the lungs. When eaten, cannabis is metabolized by the liver, changing delta-9 THC into 11-hydroxy-THC. This results in a slower onset with more intense effects. The effects of the digested 11-hydroxy-THC are often described as being more psychedelic.
Planning your experience is extremely important. First and foremost, always make sure that edibles are properly labeled and stored in child-resistant containers that are kept out-of-reach. It is wise to be in a safe and controlled environment, especially for inexperienced users, as it may reduce possible feelings of anxiety.
It may be smart to set your limits before you begin and not exceed those limits. With alcohol, you might say, “I will only have one beer.” Similarly you can set your limits and stick to them. Chocolates and truffles are extremely easy to gobble up, but you have to remember that they are medicated.
Never get behind the wheel while under the influence of marijuana. A safe and comfortable environment is highly recommended and if you have to leave, use a designated driver.
Always keep non-infused snacks on hand to prevent over-consumption of your marijuana edibles due to a case of the munchies. Drink plenty of water, and do not consume on an empty stomach, as this may intensify the effects.
If you are making your own edibles, make sure to choose a strain that you are familiar with. Before cooking, determine how strong you would like each serving to be. We have created an edibles calculator that will help you determine how many milligrams will be in each serving of your homemade goodies.
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Seattle is widely known as the birthplace of Starbucks and the subsequent gourmet coffee movement but now, with marijuana legalization in place, caffeine and THC have converged into one glorious wake-and-bake experience. Colloquially known as the “Hippie Speedball”, Seattle brewer’s are starting to serve up coffee infused with cannabis butters and oils.
One Seattle shop called Trichome (pictured above) offers the complete Seattle experience in one store. Trichome is a hybrid of a headshop and a lifestyle store with one thing that sets them apart from the crowd: coffee that gets you baked. The shop has been hosting coffee tastings every Sunday where you can grab a cup of joe with a little extra zing from the cannabis oil that they add to the brew.
Similar to the situation in Colorado, on-site consumption is still not permitted in Washington state. Trichome operates by charging a $10 cover for the event with complementary cannabis. Stores like these must continue to operate in a grey area until state governments permit on-site consumptions as they have done with bars.
While Amsterdam-style coffee shops have yet to open up in legal states like Colorado and Washington, you can still get your Hippie Speedball on with marijuana infused drinks available over-the-counter. Mirth Provisions is a Washington-based edibles company offering up cold-brewed coffee (pictured above) by the bottle with 20mg of THC in each container. Their drinks range from black coffee to fruitier flavors like sparkling pomegranate.
This is a unique crossover between two very distinguishing sets of consumers, each with their own sets of idiosyncrasies. Just like different beans have unique aromas and effects, strains provide an arguably wider range of effects, aromas, and flavors. The combination of the two gives an almost infinite range of possibilities for those who want to experience the zing of caffeine along with cannabis.
As marijuana consumption becomes more common in places like Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, inexperienced consumers may feel comfortable reaching for more familiar products and settings. A cup of joe and the coffee shop setting might be the perfect combination for the curious cannabis consumer.
Despite the media frenzy over candy “laced with marijuana” this Halloween, the city of The Colorado Children’s Hospital reported no accidental consumption this weekend. The vastly overblown story broke when the Denver Police Department handed of their video warning about the close resemblance of infused-edibles to Halloween candy.
Media outlets ran with the story, spreading fear to local parents and onlookers from across the country. Although industry experts are working furiously to inform consumers and give a sense of transparency to the marijuana industry, fear pervades the media portrayal of mainstream cannabis.
Joe Hodas, from Dixie Elixirs told Colorado’s 9 News that, “While it is of course great to feel vindicated as an industry that no kids were given marijuana candy illegally, we are first and foremost members of our own communities – we are neighbors, families and friends. As such, when I woke up to check the news this morning to make sure that our worst fears had not somehow materialized, there was no sense of relief, but rather it was sadness for all of the horrible auto accidents that had occurred overnight.”
Hodas is on the front-lines of edibles safety and it seems that Halloween this was another small victory for the edibles industry. The concerted effort for safety in cannabis consumption has lawmakers and dispensaries alike looking for ways to protect the public. Producers are releasing releasing the low edibles, informing consumers about how to tell the difference, and a pushing to change packaging requirements to keep patients and consumers safe.
With several more states voting on legalization next Tuesday, Colorado has proven once again that legalization is a workable solution.
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