Weed Edibles: The Legal and Tasty Way to Get High

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Weed Edibles: The Legal and Tasty Way to Get High

Posted on May 2, 2018 in Legal Cannabis

Weed Edibles: The Legal and Tasty Way to Get High

Marijuana legalization is favored by 61% of Americans. While federal legalization won’t happen anytime soon, nine states and Washington D.C. permit recreational use. Plus, another 29 states allow medical marijuana.

This growing acceptance is causing a boom in marijuana products, including weed edibles.

Sales are exploding across the country. Legal pot sales are expected to grow by a staggering 45% this year.

As legal pot enters the mainstream, many adults are enjoying the benefits of weed, even those who hate smoking.

Ways to Enjoy Pot Without Smoking

There are several ways to enjoy weed legally that don’t require inhaling smoke.

Vaporizers produce vapor because the weed doesn’t touch the heating element. Rather, the air around the plant heats up.

Concentrates can be many products, but at its most basic definition, it comes in the form of waxes and oils. They’re potent and can be used in vaporizers to avoid smoke.

Topicals are absorbed through the skin. They come as lotions and oils. But this high is different. It makes your body feel soothed and relaxed.

Tinctures are another concentrate made by extracting compounds using alcohol. You use this in a dropper and add it to mixers (like salad dressings) or on your tongue.

Edibles are cannabis-infused foods, which are much more diverse than just pot brownies. There are several ways to consume weed edibles.

Why Weed Edibles

You can ingest pot through solid foods and even beverages. Examples of weed edibles include elixirs, coffee, baked goods, and candies.

There are several reasons weed edibles are gaining popularity.

Healthy Alternative to Smoking

Smoking anything is bad for your respiratory system. It can also be uncomfortable and cause coughing.

Even smoking pot introduces carcinogens to your lungs. Ingesting pot, on the other hand, does not have these negative effects on your respiratory system.

Pain Relief

Smoking is common practice for medicinal marijuana users. The main reason is because smoking provides rather immediate relief, but it doesn’t last long.

However, when you ingest weed, you experience a more intense, longer full body high as compared to smoking. Smoking is estimated to last one to two hours, whereas ingesting lasts from four to six hours.

Nausea Reduction

This is especially helpful if you struggle with appetite, which is why chemotherapy patients often use weed edibles.

It also helps with stomach pains and menstrual cramps.

Anxiety Management

Research from the National Cancer Institute found that cannabinoid receptors in the brain and other parts of the nervous system are likely involved in controlling anxiety and general mood.

Also, several animal tests show that cannabidiol (CBD) have anti-anxiety effects.

Nutritional Benefits

Aside from getting high, you also get a lot of valuable nutrients from the cannabis plant.

Raw leaves are high in vitamin K and C, iron, calcium, fiber, and folate. When it’s cooked, it also provides several antioxidants.

As you can see, there are many benefits to ingesting pot. But before getting started, you need to know what you’re doing.

Tips for Trying Weed Edibles for Beginners

Bad first experiences are far too common because consumers don’t do their research first. It’s important to know how to make the most out of your experience.

Before You Ingest

Eating pot creates a unique experience. You need to prepare before you start experimenting with edibles.

1. Know Your Metabolism

The problem most newbies have with weed edibles — they eat too much, too fast.

This is caused by the fact that it takes a long time for the effects to hit. Remember, your body is digesting and metabolizing the pot.

This takes time. It gets absorbed in the stomach, then passes through your digestive tract to your liver. This is where your body breaks down the THC so it can enter your bloodstream.

Here’s the basic rule of thumb:

  • Faster metabolism — estimated to take an hour
  • Slower metabolism — about two hours or more

2. Schedule Your Day

Prepare for several hours of feeling high, depending on your dosage. If you’re the type to feel overwhelmed when you’re high, avoid public areas. And nobody who is high should be driving.

Plan to stay in a safe place, and invite experienced and sober friends to stay with you.

3. Eat and Hydrate

Just as you would before drinking, you need a good meal and water beforehand.

4. Do Your Research

Shop at a legitimate dispensary, and find lab tested edibles with labels that clearly state dosages.

Because it’s still illegal at a federal level, weed edibles and other pot products are not subject to FDA regulations. There are not any standards.

Only buy from companies that use proper packaging and clear labels. These places take the steps to be consistent in dosage and quality and strive to be both safe and honest.

When You Ingest

You made your plans and did your research. Now it’s time to enjoy your edibles in a safe, fun way.

5. Start Low, Go Slow

This motto is straightforward and easy to follow. It’s commonly recommended to start with an edible that has no more than 10mg of THC in it.

Some people advise a dose of 2.5 to 5mg for the first time.

After starting low on the dosage, remember to keep your pace slow. Always wait two hours before taking another dose. Otherwise, you might eat more and then the high will fully kick in.

While nobody has ever died from a cannabis-related ‘overdose,’ you can feel sick and too high. This is uncomfortable and can last for several hours.

6. In Case You Get Too High

Some people panic and run to the emergency room, but this is typically not necessary. There are no toxic levels of THC.

Only seek medical attention if there are other factors, like if the consumer has a heart condition.

The best way to handle eating too much weed — get some rest. Lay down, drink plenty of water, and simply sleep it off.

Making Your Own Weed Edibles

Purchasing quality edibles from a dispensary makes dosing much easier. However, buying weed edibles can be pricey.

Consider making your own. Here’s the step-by-step process:

1. Know Your Strains

It can be overwhelming when you read through all the different kinds of strains. Keep it simple by following this motto:

Indicas to meditate, sativas to stimulate.

If you’re looking to manage fatigue, purchase sativa strains. For managing your pain and anxiety or for relaxation, try indicas.

2. Choose a High-Quality Strain of Weed

Consult local budtenders at your closest dispensary. They can show you what’s best for baking.

3. Bake Your Plant Material

Next, you need to bake your pot. This is also called decarboxylating.

While it sounds complicated, it’s actually quite simple. All you need to do is bake your finely ground plant material at about 240 degrees for 25 minutes to an hour.

You will need to bake it longer if you’re using a lot of weed.

This process concentrates the bud, converting the cannabinoids to THC.

4. Make Cannabis Butter

This is a main staple in the most popular weed edibles, like brownies, cookies, and cakes. Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 lb. unsalted butter
  • 1 – 2 oz. high quality decarboxylated weed

Directions: Put butter and water in a pot and boil on low heat. When the butter melts, add the ground weed, then simmer for a few hours.

Stir throughout the simmer to ensure the mixture doesn’t boil.

5. Get Creative

Now you have weed butter, which you can use and store just like regular butter.

You can also make other weed edibles by making cannabis oils. This is a simple infusion process.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of oil of your choice (coconut, olive, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower lecithin
  • 1 cup of high quality decarboxylated weed

Directions: Add ingredients into a slow cooker. Simmer for eight to 12 hours, stirring every 30 minutes. Let the oil cool inside the slow cooker.

Place cheesecloth in a bowl, and pour plant material into the cloth. Tie a string around the cheesecloth, then squeeze the oil out with your hands.

Store the oil in a mason jar or container, then let it cool in the fridge. Use the weed oil as you would use any other oil.

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Top 10 Tips for a Great First High with Weed

Posted on May 1, 2018 in Legal Cannabis

Top 10 Tips for a Great First High with Weed

Nowadays, there are a lot of new places you’re allowed to get high.

Washington, California, Oregon, Maine, Colorado, Alaska, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Vermont now all have legal recreational marijuana. Many other states have medical marijuana with a doctor’s prescription.

With all these new places to use, many people are starting to use weed for the first time. Maybe you’re a little nervous about your first high. This article will walk you through the process and give you ten tips to have an awesome time.

1. Use Legally

Sorry to start with a damper, but you do want to make sure you’re using weed legally.

While the highs can be awesome, make sure you’re not breaking the law. Even if it’s your first time having weed, you may have to pay up to $1,000 fine and can be sentenced to up to a year in jail.

Make sure you’re using marijuana in a safe and legal way or you won’t end up having a very good time.

2. Use With an Experienced Friend

Getting high for the first time can be a great experience, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, you may need some help. If you have friends that have smoked before, ask for their expertise.

It may be a little awkward to ask, but don’t be afraid to. If you don’t ask, your first high might not go quite as you planned. Having someone with you who knows what they’re doing can make the experience a lot better for you and can help keep you safe.

Also, while it may feel a little selfish, don’t feel bad asking your friend to stay sober for your first time. They’ll be a better support for you if they’re not blazed too. If they’re not willing, find another friend who is.

3. Use Good Weed For Your First High

While it seems like a no-brainer, you want to use good weed from someone you trust. Sometimes weed can be laced with other substances like crack. This is never great, but it can make your first high a horrible experience.

Buying from a dispensary or store is your best option for good quality safe weed. Wherever you get it though, make sure your first weed comes from someone you trust.

One more tip: good weed smells good. If your marijuana doesn’t smell like you think it should ask a friend if you’ve got good enough stuff.

4. Use in a Safe Place

Once you’re an experienced pothead, you can use weed anywhere (as long as it’s legal), but for your first time, you should be in a safe, familiar, comfortable place. A lot of people don’t realize that a good high is mostly due to the setting and activities, not the weed itself.

Whether it’s your basement, your friend’s house, or just a chill party, make sure you feel comfortable and safe.

One great place to try weed is outside. Being high can make looking at the stars or a beautiful landscape that much better. There’s not too much to see and enjoy in the average living room.

5. Have Your Equipment Ready

Smoking weed requires a few things that you may not be familiar with. This is where having a friend with supplies can come in handy. They can also teach you how to use the paraphernalia.

You will want to have a pipe, bong, apple, water bottle, and lighter handy. Water is good to have on hand too, in case the smoke bothers your lungs.

Also, don’t forget your snacks! A bag of Doritos is a must.

6. Do Something Fun

During your first high, make sure you do something fun.

All five of your senses will be heightened. You will also feel closer to your friends. Don’t waste the opportunity to experience life to the fullest while you’re in an altered state.

We’ve already mentioned getting high outside. Nature is more real and vivid when you’re stoned. Watching TV or a movie can be a fun experience. Cartoons and The Office will seem funnier and colors will be more vivid.

Whatever you do, enjoy it. Don’t let your first high pass while you stare at your ceiling alone.

7. Listen to Music

Music can be its own high. Listening to it when you’re actually high is an awesome experience.

The type of music you choose doesn’t really matter, just pick something you like. Pay attention to the rhythm and the intricacies of the tune. Trust me, it will sound completely different than it has before.

8. Talk to Your Friends

The general stereotype is that you’re an idiot while you’re stoned. Not always true though. Marijuana lets you be creative and think in different ways.

While you’re high, talk with your friends about the deeper topics. How can you create world peace? Which came first the chicken or the egg? If we didn’t start the fire, then who did?

9. Be Patient as You Come Down

As the marijuana starts to wear off, you will feel tired. Don’t be worried if you can’t do anything but sleep for a few hours.

You may also be having random and funny thoughts as you come down. Don’t worry. Imagining mating ligers or what teachers do on Christmas Break isn’t unusual.

10. Get Help if the High Isn’t Right

If at any point, you start feeling panicky or have strong physical symptoms, get help. You’re probably just having a bad trip, but asking for help can only make it better.

If things are not going well, take a few deep breaths and imagine your calm space (we’ve all tried those meditation tricks, right?). You might want to try eating something or taking a nap. This can help lessen the effects of the weed and help you come down a little.

Someone more experienced then you can probably tell if you’re actually having a medical problem too. If your heart is beating fast or you’re having trouble breathing, you might need medical help.

This is another reason you should not have your first high alone.

Getting Started

Now that you know how to have a great first high, it’s time to check out some other weed info in order to stay as informed as possible.

This site is a great start on your journey. Just make sure to make safe decisions!

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