Now that cannabis has been legalized in over half the states in the U.S., experimenting with edibles and finding new delicious treats to disguise the flavor of cannabis is at an all-time high. That means we have more options than just brownies now more than ever – and we even come packed with some tips to make the most out of your experience.
To make your experience the positive, best experience it can be, here are a series of tips before we get into the foods that pair well with edibles. These will help you make your experience with edibles overall go off without a hitch.
Decide your intentions ahead of time
Are you preparing edibles for medicinal use, as a treatment, or are you trying to have a fun time? If your intentions are to use the edibles as a medicine, keep in mind the dosage amount when you consume it. You don’t want waves of paranoia when you just meant to relieve some of your chronic pain. No one wants to have a bad trip, especially when it comes to cannabis. If your intentions are to feel high, test out potencies beforehand so that you know what your limits are.
Patience is key
It’s okay to have a low tolerance. Remember that edibles can take a couple hours to kick in sometimes, so don’t take more than you need to because you think you’re not feeling it yet. As frustrating as it can be, the best thing to do is to be patient and try to move on to another task where you can forget you’ve eaten the edibles – that’s the easiest way for them to kick in when you least expect it.
Get familiar with microdoses
A microdose is the lowest dosage of cannabis you need before feeling its desired effects. If you have oil drops, also known as cannabis tincture, you can drip that onto gummies, into your preferred beverage, or into other foods to get a precise dose. You get more control performing microdoses like this and can explore which foods pair well with edibles for your personal taste buds.
Understand the beauty of terpenes
When cannabis is smoked, the cannabinoid receptors in the brain respond to the THC and CBD cannabinoids from the plant. Whenever cannabis is consumed as an edible, though, the hundreds of therapeutic compounds that make up the beautifully complex plant are all working interactively to provide a magnified, expanded experience and a greater medicinal impact.
This synergy of working together is also known as the “entourage effect,” which is simply the idea that the whole cannabis plant is greater than the sum of its parts. There are terpenes in the foods you’re eating with the cannabis that are also interacting with the terpenes in the plant, which can further enhance your high.
Foods that pair well with edibles – different categories
There are three categories for types of foods that pair well with edibles:
• Foods that can best disguise the taste of cannabis.
• Foods that complement the taste of cannabis.
• Foods that enhance your high on edibles.
Other than true cannabis connoisseurs, most edible users lean towards foods that can better disguise the taste of cannabis more than complement it, which is why we’ll mostly focus on that type of edible. We’ll also follow up with the foods that can enhance your high on edibles, though, as those can work as the perfect munchies to stretch your high even longer. There are many sub-categories when it comes to foods that can disguise the taste, which is what we’ll dive into first.
Savory and fatty dishes
Potatoes, mac and cheese, cheesy dips, aioli, and other fatty or oily foods are perfect vessels for a cannabis experience. You can replace the oil or butter in the dishes with canna-butter/canna-oil. If you want to go the extra mile, add some additional herbs and seasonings to further disguise the taste of cannabis. As cannabis is an herb with an earthy flavor, combining it with other earthy herbs like thyme and rosemary can accent it perfectly.
Chocolates and caramels
On the opposite end of the spectrum over on the sweet side, chocolate’s complexity and bitterness can balance out the overwhelming flavor from certain cannabis concentrates. Chocolate blends well with cannabis, but adding texture like chopped nuts, fruits, chocolate chips, and more can add complexity to the edible and further disguise the flavor.
Likewise, creamy caramels and even rosemary caramels can do an excellent job of hiding the cannabis flavor in the pool of other flavors. Caramel sauce can be made with canna-butter, providing an excellent route for edibles for people who may not have the most expert candy-making skills.
Dishes with spice, from ginger to curry, work well to cancel out the earthy flavor from cannabis. This opens a world of options, from ginger molasses cookies to herbal tomato soup and everything in between.
Foods that pair well as munchies
As mentioned, there are foods that pair well with cannabis because they enhance your high on edibles. While you can turn many of these foods into edibles themselves, they also work as the perfect munchies to keep the high going even longer. This is thanks to their natural terpene count.
There is a high level of mycene terpenes found in mangoes, which works with the THC cannabinoid to enhance the psychoactive effect of the plant. The cannabinoid receptors in the brain bind with THC and the mycene terpenes to make your high last longer as well as hit faster and stronger. You can achieve the best experience if you consume an edible and then consume a mango thirty minutes to an hour after you’ve eaten the edible.
Green and black tea
Like mangoes, the compounds in black and green tea bind with the receptors in the brain that are already responding to THC, stimulating relaxation and feelings of peace.
While it may not enhance the high, consuming broccoli in tune with edibles can work in tandem with the cannabinoid receptors in the brain to reduce physical pain as well as inflammation.
There are new edible recipes every day, more wild and easy to disguise the flavors you don’t want to taste as the last. As more states legalize the plant, we’re left with knowledge for how to have a positive, safe experience on edibles and how to make sure you’re never going over your limit. Using these tips and tricks, you have the information to make the most potent, best edibles possible for you and how to make the most out of your experience.
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