Are you new to the world of cannabis and curious about the best edibles for beginners? Even if you have experience smoking CBD or THC, edibles are a different product. The product selection alone can be overwhelming for newbies!
But don’t worry, we’re here to help clear the haze. Many people find that weed edibles create a significantly different experience than smoking.
When using edibles, your body processes the THC and CBD differently, so it’s important to understand edibles in general before getting started.
From THC gummies to CBD chocolates, let’s look at the best edibles for beginners and how to get started with edibles.
Once you have all the information, you can make informed consumer choices that allow you to relax and recreate on your terms!
- Edibles, including gummies, chocolates, drinks, tinctures, and pills, offer a broad spectrum of options for consumption. Unlike smoking cannabis, edibles have a delayed onset due to digestion and liver processing, taking up to two hours for effects to be felt.
- Due to how our body processes edibles, the effects of THC or CBD from edibles last longer compared to smoking, making them potentially more suitable for managing conditions like anxiety or stress.
- For beginners, gummies, chocolates, and drinks are recommended as they allow for easy control of dosage. Starting with a low dose, such as half a gummy or a small piece of chocolate, and opting for products with balanced THC and CBD content can provide a more manageable experience.
What Beginners Should Know About CBD and THC Weed Edibles
Knowledge is power. Here are some baseline facts about weed edibles that every beginner should have.
There are lots of different types of edibles.
This category is broad, and it includes anything that you ingest (swallow) rather than smoking. The category of weed edibles includes foods, drinks, and other products like CBD oil tinctures and pills.
Some of the most popular types of CBD and THC edibles are gummies and chocolates, but you can also find infused drinks, brownies, and more.
Edibles take longer to kick in.
When you smoke cannabis, the THC or CBD travels to your brain via your bloodstream. When you eat an edible, the weed has to make a pit stop through your GI system and your liver, which causes a delay in the onset of your experience. It can take as long as two hours to start feeling the effects of an edible.
You’ll feel it for longer with an edible.
In the same way it takes longer for an edible to kick in, you’ll also find that your experience lasts longer than when you smoke. Especially for folks interested in using THC or CBD for anxiety and stress management, this can be a major benefit to using edibles instead of smoking.
The Best Weed Edibles for Beginners
There are three top products for beginners when it comes to CBD and THC edibles: gummies, chocolates, and drinks.
THC and CBD Gummies
Gummies are perhaps the most popular edible for beginners, and for good reason. You can find both CBD and THC gummies in a variety of concentrations and flavors, so it’s a choose-your-own-adventure type of party!
The name of the game for beginners in the weed edibles world is control. You want to be able to start small and slow with a low dose, and gummies are perfect for that.
Half of an Evn Delta 9 Live Rosin Gummy, which has 10 mg of CBD and 5 mg of THC, would be a perfect start whether you’re new to CBD, THC, or weed edibles in general.
Chocolate Weed Edibles
After gummies, chocolates are probably the most popular weed edible for beginners, and for mostly the same reasons. Chocolate bars make it easy to break off as square and measure the exact dosage of CBD or THC you are taking so you can – say it with me – control your experience.
Check out our step-by-step guide to making your own chocolate edibles!
THC and CBD-Infused Drinks
Drinks are also a great choice for beginners to the weed-edible world. Many of them have a low concentration of THC or CBD and you can easily half or quarter the dose by simply drinking a portion of the beverage.
Evn’s cocoa-flavored Sleep Powder allows you to create a delicious chocolatey beverage that delivers full spectrum CBD. The serving size is a teaspoon of powder, which creates a 20 mg drink, but you can use half a teaspoon for half the dosage as a beginner.
Beginner Tips for Using THC Edibles
Even if you have the best weed edible for beginners, you need to know how to use it to have a good experience. Here are some tips for edible first-timers:
Start Small with a Low Dose
Starting small can be hard, especially if you’re already an avid smoker. For most folks, a weed edible with 5 milligrams or less (of THC or CBD, or 5 mg of each in a combined gummy) will be a good starting point (we would even encourage you to start lower - in the 2 mg THC range)
Consider a Balanced Product
If you’re brand new to THC and CBD (as in, you’ve never smoked before), it’s good to start with a balanced product. This means try an edible with a combination of THC and CBD in it.
This delivers the holistic goodness of the cannabis plant, and can often mean a more relaxed experience for the user.
Simplify Your Environment
Don’t try to multitask. Let yourself experience the effects safely and completely. Make sure you don’t have any unwanted obligations and that you’re in a comfortable place before trying your edibles.
THC edibles are meant to be enjoyed, so carve out some time in your schedule to experience it. This will allow you to assess the strength of your edible and hone your approach to how much and what kind of edible you want to be using.
Don’t forget about the longer onset time for edibles!
Beginners often make the classic mistake of reaching back into the gummy bag when they aren’t feeling anything an hour or so after eating an edible, only to be wallopped by an uncomfortable sensation when both of those edibles hit hard an hour later.
Give it at least two hours to set in before you smoke or take another edible.
Experiment with Different CBD and THC Edibles
Just because you didn’t like the first gummy you tried doesn’t mean you don’t like any weed edibles. Keep an open mind and try other types of edibles, flavors, concentrations, and ratios.
The world of weed edibles is vast and full of choices, so it might take some time to find the combo that works for you.
It’s also worth noting that the type of cannabis that worked well for you when smoking might not be the best for you with edibles. For example, if you like an Indica strain when you smoke, you might be surprised to learn you prefer Sativa strains in your weed edibles!
Keep trying new things and just be careful, cautious, and patient as you explore the wild and wonderful world of weed edibles. Before you know it, you won’t be a beginner anymore!