A Guide to Cannabis: Part 4
Welcome back! Last time we took you through the basics of cannabis consumption. This time we will be guiding you through edibles:
- How to dose yourself and other types of cannabis products.
- We also have a great infused mocktail recipe to add a bit of fizz to any dull party.
- We included some handy infographics and some extra reading for those who want to take a closer look at cannabis consumption.
Let us dive right into The Guide To Cannabis: Part 4
Edibles and dosage
In the last blog, we explained how each person has a unique internal environment, so the experience of a dose of edible cannabis can vary significantly from one person to the next. This is due to several factors, including the previous history of cannabis use, gastrointestinal factors, and the sensitivity of one’s endocannabinoid system.
The ideal edible dosage depends on your tolerance, individual body chemistry and the experience you’re looking for. Here are some guidelines that will help you find the best dose of edibles, measured in milligrams (mg). Use this handy guide to work out the dosage of edible products.
- 1 – 2.5 mg THC edibles
Effects: Mild relief of pain, stress, and anxiety; increased focus and creativity.
Good for: First-time consumers or regular consumers looking to microdose.
- 2.5 – 15 mg THC edibles
Effects: Stronger relief of pain and anxiety symptoms; euphoria; impaired coordination and perception.
Good for: Standard recreational use; persistent symptoms not addressed by smaller doses; people looking for a good night’s sleep.
- 30 – 50 mg THC edibles
Effects: Strong euphoric effects; significantly impaired coordination and perception.
Good for: High tolerance THC consumers; consumers whose GI systems don’t absorb cannabinoids well.
- 50 – 100 mg THC edibles
Effects: Seriously impaired coordination and perception; possible unpleasant side effects including nausea, pain, and increased heart rate.
Good for: Experienced, high-tolerance THC consumers; patients living with inflammatory disorders, cancer, and other serious conditions.
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Now that you know how to dose yourself safely and how to have a good experience, let’s teach you about some of the most popular cannabis products. Here’s our guide to cannabis products 101
Types of cannabis products
- Flower – the flower of the cannabis plant which is dried and cured. Most often ground up and smoked in joints, bowls, pipes and bongs. Can be processed to make oils, butters and other cannabis concentrates.
- Dry sift or kief – a potent cannabis product made from the trichomes of the plant. This dry powder is ideal for cooking as it is low in flavor and high in potency.
- Bubble hash – a pure cannabis extraction using ice to agitate the trichomes and produce a refined brown crumbly substance. Can be smoked with or without flower or used in butter and oil for edibles.
- Cannabis butter – butter infused with cannabis, at a low temperature over a long period of time. Best used for edibles where the flavor of butter is desirable.
- Cannabis oil – any oil (olive, coconut etc) infused with cannabis. Best used for making edibles and topicals.
- Tincture – alcohol infused with cannabis. Using alcohol as a base seems to increase the onset time of the high making it faster and easier to dose than oils. Best used for edibles like gummies. Can be used to make other products like cannabis sugar.
- Distillate – concentrated cannabinoids distilled from plant matter or other concentrates. Pure at a molecular level, this normally comes as an odorless and tasteless oil or powder. Great for edibles.
- Isolate – isolated cannabinoids from distilled cannabis. For example you can isolate CBD for legal use without any THC. Ideal for use in medicinal products where dosage etc are important
- Topicals – Cannabis products made to be applied externally to the skin. Cannabinoids can be absorbed by the skin. Best used for skin ailments like cancer and growths, rashes and eczema, as well as muscle and joint pain. Topicals do not have psychoactive effects.
- Budder – concentrates whipped under high heat to create a batter like consistency. Best used for smoking and dabbing.
- Crumble – dried cannabis oil with a honeycomb consistency.
- Shatter – a solid, honey colored pane resembling a glass shard. It is often dabbed or crumbled into joints or bowls. Can be gently heated before adding to food.
- Rosin – a highly concentrated cannabis extraction made by squeezing cannabis flower under high heat and pressure. Generally dabbed in a dab rig.
- Sauce – a cannabis extract with a high terpene content and liquid consistency. Made using chemical solvents, they are known for being flavorful. Best added to bowls and dabs.
- Wax – this cannabis concentrate is named after its resemblance to candle wax. It can be heated and smoked with or without flower or gently heated before adding to food.
Recipe of the Month – Infused Honey, Blackberry and Sage Refresher Mocktail
How to use infused Honey and Cordials
Now that you know the ins and outs of cannabis products, let’s show you an easy and fun way to consume cannabis. We love making beverages with cannabis infused products. It’s a fast and tasty way to get the effects of cannabis. Using a tried and tested product like our infused honey or one of the Sandi’s infused cordials, in our range, is the best way to get a consistently great experience.
Available in: Mango Apple, Mixed Berry, Granadilla, Pineapple, and Peach Apricot.
Sweet, tart and woodsy, this mocktail is a deliciously crisp and cool drink! Each sip of this non-alcoholic beverage is tasty and refreshing.
- 8 fresh blackberries plus more for garnish
- 1/4 cup infused honey
- 10 fresh sage leaves plus more for garnish
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup ginger beer or ginger ale
- 2 cup seltzer water divided
- In a cocktail shaker, mix together the blackberries, honey, and sage until well mixed. If necessary, add ice to help mash together the ingredients.
- Add the lime juice and ginger beer, cover, and shake to mix.
- Strain the mixture into two glasses with ice.
- Top off each glass with 1 cup of seltzer.
- Garnish with blackberries and sage leaves then, serve.
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