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Edibles can be awesome- if you know what to look for. If you live in a state that has legalized marijuana use, you will be presented with a wide variety of edibles whenever you visit the dispensary. But what sets a good edible apart from a bad one? Relying on your tastes is a good starting point, but you need to remember that not all edibles are created equal.

How Edibles Work

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The first thing to understand is that edibles will react in your system differently than smoking. When you smoke, you are activating the THC by igniting the bud or concentrate that you are consuming. Then you inhale the THC-A which permeates in the cell membranes found in your mouth and along the way to your lungs.

When you eat an edible, the THC is already made active during the manufacturing process- it is digestion that causes the delay between when you consume the marijuana morsel and when you begin to feel its effects. Simply choosing an edible that has a higher THC content will not necessarily decrease the time it takes to get high, but it will certainly intensify your high.

Choosing the right edible

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First you have to decide what your desired outcome is. Do you want to get knocked off your keester stoned? Do you want to have a mellow evening? Or do you want to access the calming effects of a low THC, high CBD variety of edible? The choice is yours, but you should know what you want before heading into your favorite shop.

For the carnivorous edible seekers out there, I suggest you try the Badfish Extracts “Reef Jerky” edible. This beef jerky infused THC edible took first place in the 2015 SOCAL High Times Cannabis Cup. These protein packed marijuana morsels boast 100mg of THC-infused power that will help give your brain the juice it needs to power through the day- with a little help from Aunt Cannabis.

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When it comes to CBD edibles there are two philosophies. Do you want to experience the medicinal qualities of the second most prevalent cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, or are you too high on THC and looking for a way out. Studies have shown that CBD acts as a sort of anti-THC.

CBD can help you to emerge from the often cumbersome effects of a super potent edible such as the Cheeba Chew. Regardless of your intentions, Mountain High Suckers is a sweet edible option that comes in a variety of flavors. If you are looking for their CBD suckers, I recommend trying the caramel apple pop.

Ease your way in with these edibles

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As mentioned, edibles can pack a huge bang for your buck. But you may not always want to head to the moon when you eat a new edible. Recently Snoop Dogg introduced us to his Leafs By Snoop line of marijuana flower, concentrates, and edibles. You can purchase his “Dogg Treats” in 10mg increments, a dosage that is manageable and easy to consume. The Dogg Treats come in fruit flavored drops that include Watermelon and Cherry, among others.

The bottom line when choosing an edible option is to know yourself and how you react to the wonderful cannabinoids that are infused in these products. Edibles will ironically give you the munchies, so be prepared for that. One expert tip is to not consume edibles on an empty stomach- unless you truly are trying to get the most bang for your buck!

Do you have any edible tips? Have you had any good or bad experiences with a specific edible brand? Let us know on social media or in the comments section below.

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