Whether you’ve been using weed for years already, or remain relatively new to the scene, it is a fact universally acknowledged that edibles exist in a league of their own. Not only do they offer a welcome – and more discrete – alternative to smoking, but they are able to offer a high that no joint, bong, or pipe could ever pull off.
Yes, they may be slow to get going – most edibles, for instance, take around an hour or so to work their way through our digestive system before we begin to feel anything at all – but once they begin to kick in, the head-to-toe high is unlike anything devout smokers have ever experienced before.
That said, many of us still feel limited to that time-honoured pot brownie recipe we have been carting from house to house for the past decade or so – and, given how many incredible, edible creations cannabis lends itself to, that seems like a waste. More on that below.
Not all Highs are Created Equal
Many of us value edibles for their ability to create a profound, full body high that differs significantly from the high induced by a joint, bong, or vape. Of course, every positive comes with its own setbacks and, on the whole, users feel they have to sacrifice that immediate, knock-your-socks-off hit for the slow-burning effects of edibles.
The reason behind this lies in the composition of our digestive system, and the fact that the THC in our baked goods and gummies has a longer journey to make before it is absorbed into the blood stream. Smoke, on the other hand, is taken straight into the lungs – from which it is absorbed straight into the bloodstream, enabling us to feel high quicker.
For the most part, these rules hold true. There is, however, a significant amount of difference between the time it takes for you to feel high from your freshly baked brownies, and the time it takes for you to feel high from, say, a THC syrup – about half an hour’s difference, users claim.
At this point in time, there are not scientific facts to reinforce this claim, but plenty of anecdotal evidence would suggest that consuming cannabis needn’t necessitate a waiting game.
It Needn’t be an Indulgence
Few things hit the spot like a rich, fudgy brownie – unless, of course, it’s a rich, fudgy pot brownie. The thing is, the vast majority of are at least attempting to make our lives and diets that bit healthier and, unfortunately, the terms ‘rich’ and ‘fudgy’ are rarely used to describe good that is, objectively speaking, good for us.
Fortunately, ensuring that your body is getting the nutrients it needs while exploring your love of culinary cannabis is easier than ever before – a fact which will no doubt prove a blessing to those of us who thought edibles ought to be reserved to those rare cheat days.
Healthier edible recipes – whether you’re looking for something sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan or paleo – are continuously growing in number and popularity, thanks to the increasingly positive attention cannabis is garnering across the US.
Master the Basics, and the Sky’s Your Limit
Pot brownies have been a stereotype of so-called ‘weed culture’ since the 1960s, when Alice B. Tolkas published her friend’s recipe for ‘hashish fudge’ in her eponymous cookbook. Of course, what perpetuated the prominence of the humble brownie throughout amateur cannabis kitchens around the world is the fact that brownies are an incredibly quick, easy – and delicious – thing to bake.
Still, anyone who sticks to that same old recipe for brownies is missing out on a whole world of baked goods – literally. All it requires is for you to master a tried-and-trusted base for baked goods, in the form of cannabis-infused butter – known colloquially as ‘Cannabutter’.
By infusing your butter, you always have a kitchen staple to fall back on when you want to whip up a batch of something warm, sweet and delicious. Making a good Cannabutter does mean learning how to decarboxylate your cannabis but, once you have that mastered, you’ll be free to explore a whole new world of baking.
Of course, that’s not to say that you have to erase pot brownies from your culinary repertoire, but that exploring the full potential cannabis holds for obtaining that unforgettable high that only comes from edibles needn’t be restricted to just a single, decades-old page of your recipe book anymore.