Edibles: Marijuana Food Transcends Smelly Brownies
In the not so distant past, cannabis food was pretty limited. Your choices were brownies, cookies and rice cereal treats.
They reeked of weed and didn’t always taste very good. Furthermore, they were tricky to make unless you had a steady supply of cannabutter.
Today, however, cannabis edibles transcend these smelly, unsophisticated treats. They pack a powerful punch or deliver crucial treatment to medical marijuana users. They’re also on the menu in upscale bakeries and restaurants.
Let’s look back at how edibles changed and where they are today.
Marijuana Food: What Are Edibles?
Edibles are different types of food containing cannabis. Years ago, edibles were all created to deliver a trippy, psychedelic type high that lasted for hours. Today, they may also contain CBD to boost wellness and treat conditions like seizures.
Cancer patients create a large market for edibles because many say CBD alleviates their symptoms and THC has a notorious reputation for increasing appetite. Many cancer patients suffer from decreased appetite as a result of their treatment.
Marijuana Food: How Are Edibles Made?
Edibles are essentially infused food. In baked goods, cannabutter or oil replaces traditional fat to enhance the food. In savory dishes, hemp or cannabis oil may play a similar role. There are also ways to smoke food in cannabis smoke, infuse seasonings with marijuana, and make sauces and glazes with cannabis.
If you infuse a simple syrup with cannabis you can also make candies that intoxicate or improve overall wellness. Gummies are another popular cannabis candy.
Interested in making your own cannabis butter or oil? It takes a lot of trimmings but is an easy process.
Marijuana Food: How Do Edibles Work?
Edibles allow cannabinoids to enter the bloodstream through the tissues inside the mouth and the digestive system. Conversely, when you smoke or vape cannabis, your lungs allow these substances to enter the body.
Edibles take from 30 minutes to an hour to take effect but provide a sustained effect because digestion creates a slower absorption compared to inhalation.
Additionally, cannabis edibles are discreet. When made correctly, they have a fainter smell than smoking or vaping creates.
Marijuana Food: Prepackaged Edibles
Prepackaged edibles rose to fame because cannabis is now legal in so many places around the world. These edibles are usually candies, cupcakes, cookies or brownies. They can take many forms from candy (gummies, hard candy, lollipops, and chocolates), to sweet treats like the cookies and brownies mentioned above, to even tinctures.
Marijuana Food: Cannabis Fine Dining
One interesting trend is cannabis fine dining. Cannabis dinner clubs and restaurants offer multi-course meals full of carefully dosed food. You won’t taste a thing unless the chef deliberately decided the flavor enhances the dish.
Even the wine at some of these upscale locations is ‘enhanced.’
Marijuana Food: The New Wave Of Edibles
As you can see, there is more than one way to take your medicine these days. Forget that pungent brownie (unless you love the taste and nostalgia) and give a more sophisticated flavor a try.