All About Edibles
Marijuana edibles are foods and beverages that contain marijuana and its active compounds. Using a number of techniques, marijuana flower can be infused into almost any type of food or drink.
In general, marijuana edibles are produced to contain relatively high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound that causes a high.
With marijuana legalization expanding and the demand for marijuana products surging over recent years, this market has surged. There are many types of different marijuana-infused foods and beverages now available to buy in dispensaries, and people continue to find new ways to infuse marijuana into their favorite recipes.
How are Marijuana Edibles Made?
In general, marijuana edibles are made using one of two processes.
Marijuana food edibles like cookies or brownies are made with Canna Butter or canna-oil. Canna-butter is unsalted butter that’s been blended with ground cannabis flower and water. The marijuana-infused butter can then be added in place of regular butter in any baking recipe.
Canna-oil, which blends ground cannabis flower with any type of cooking oil, can also be used for baking dessert foods, but is generally used for blending into homemade sauces or salad dressing, sautéing veggies, or low temperature frying on the stove.
To make marijuana-infused beverages, drops of cannabis extract in liquid form, or a tincture, are added to drinks. Marijuana tinctures, which allow those making edibles on their own at home to have greater control over the THC level in their edibles, can also be added to food products.
How are Marijuana Edibles Different From CBD Edibles?
Marijuana edibles differ from cannabidiol (CBD) edibles in that they contain a high concentration of THC and are used for their euphoric effects. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. This means that CBD edibles, generally infused with CBD hemp oil, are completely non-intoxicating and are subsequently popular among those interested in the natural balancing properties of cannabinoids without the high.
CBD hemp oil can be mixed into any prepared foods, and in general is incorporated as part of a healthy eating and wellness lifestyle.