“Edibles” is a term that applies to any food or beverage that contains an infusion of cannabis. You can purchase everything from cotton candy to baked goods because of the loosened regulations regarding recreational use.
Products will likely reach store shelves in December of this year, which means now is the perfect time to begin learning how to find the best items.
How to Find the Best Edibles
Provinces have the authority to regulate edibles, as does the national government. That means where you can purchase items will depend on the rules where you live. Numerous products in the U.S. market infuse cannabis into foods and beverages, but Canadian providers are looking at gummies to make an immediate impact on local markets.
When edibles do become available locally, here are some tips that can help you to find the best ones.
1. Start low and slow if this is your first time.
The standard adult serving is 10mg. If you have never had an edible before, then you should start with at least 50% less. When the effects begin to become evident, there is less of a risk of it becoming an overwhelming experience.
2. Most products will come with plain packaging.
The majority of edibles sold in Canada will come with very plain packaging. You will see the standard THC symbol, the levels of CBD or THC in the item, and the approved health warnings. Don’t let the sterile look of the product fool you. There will be plenty of flavour available, and the quality of the cannabis will come through with each bite. You’ll want to take a moment to ensure the item in question is in tamper-proof packaging.
3. There could be consumption restrictions to know.
The restrictions on where you can purchase edibles or consume them will likely be similar to cigarettes and combustibles. You may not be able to eat items in public spaces or buy an infused drink at the local bar. Final decisions on what colours, shapes, or flavours are still under consideration since producers are just now able to make submissions to Health Canada for approval.
4. It can take some time for the effects to begin.
Some people have slower livers than others. The amount of food you consume before trying edibles can impact how fast your body reacts. Most people start to feel the effects in 30 minutes, but it could take up to four hours. If you don’t feel anything right away, then wait. If you keep eating items, then the final dosage could be much higher than you expect.
5. Different strains can produce unique results.
If you are looking at the idea of edibles as a way to reduce your pain levels, then sativa strains are your best option. When you’re trying to get some extra sleep, then an indica edible is your better option. When you are unsure of what would meet your needs, the salesperson at your local shop can direct you toward the best products available.
Will Edibles Be Available Everywhere?
Cannabis edibles will not be available across all of Canada. Quebec already has restrictions in place for baked goods, candies, and brownies. Jurisdictions that have concerns about edibles and children are looking at products like cannabis butter or oil instead.
When you know what to look for when shopping for edibles, then you can have the expected experience for an affordable price. Take this guide with you during your first shopping trip so that you can come home happy!