These days, anyone interested in trying cannabis has quite a wide range of product lines to choose from. Long gone are the days when the only cannabis product individuals could access was cannabis flower and poorly baked brownies, which was popularised by Alice B. Toklas in the 1960s. We’ve now got a plethora of different cannabis edible options, and anyone who have sampled different types of edibles know just how wildly different the experience can be. While the effects will generally be the same, regardless of the type of edible you consume, the onset of the effects and their longevity will often depend on the type of product.
Baked cannabis edibles were the most popular cannabis alternative for years, and for good reason. They require limited ingredients and are relatively easy to make. So for most people, their first foray into cannabis edibles involved baked goods. Why does cannabis work so well with cookies, cakes, banana bread, muffins and brownies? Cannabinoids, the chemical compounds responsible for cannabis’ effects, are fat and oil soluble, meaning they bind superbly with the oils used to make baked goods. Since the products have to first go through the gut then the liver, it will take around 30 minutes to an hour for the effects to kick in and once they do, can last anywhere from six to eight hours.
Chocolate infused with cannabis is a newer product that is gaining popularity. Chocolate also contains fat, hence it will readily bind with THC, although in lesser amounts compared to baked goods. But since chocolate doesn’t have to be baked or exposed to heat in general, the cannabinoids within retain most of their potency. Additionally, the chocolate will effectively hide the cannabis taste, which might put some individuals off, and is great for use in high doses as it is not as filling as baked goods.
Gummies are currently the most popular cannabis edibles in the country, ranking as the third-most searched for food in 2018. Cannabis-infused gummies come in a wide variety of flavors, can be used discreetly, and allow for easy dosing. On top of that, they are faster acting compared to other fat-heavy cannabis edibles, so the effects will kick in a little faster. Since gummies are usually made with cannabis distillate, they digest quickly, meaning the effects will peak sooner and taper off fast. Additionally, some companies will add terpenes to their gummies to provide more specific effects that mimic strain profiles.
Drinks infused with cannabis have gotten a lot better thanks to evolving technology. Nano emulsification has allowed companies to completely dissolve THC and CBD in water despite them not being water-soluble. Consequently, the market has been hit by a slew of smoothly infused cannabis beverages ranging from 5-10 mg in potency. There are a wide variety of flavors thanks to different THC, CBD, terpene and adaptogen formulations, and the cannabis beverages will kick in quickly and wear off faster than other cannabis edibles.
The difference in the way each cannabis edible affects consumers could explain why companies such as The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (CSE: WTER) offer a variety of those products so that each user can choose what suits them.
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