From s’mores bars to brownies to gummies, the edibles on the shelves of legal cannabis shops are more than just a snack. These “elevated” treats are carefully formulated by artisanal food producers with precise doses that deliver on expectations — and are often the best way to consume cannabis for those who dislike smoking or find it uncomfortable.
Edibles have long been a Sweet Sensi at recreational and medicinal cannabis dispensaries. But they are not subject to the same rigorous quality control standards as pharmaceuticals and other legalized products, and state regulations governing their formulation, labeling, and distribution vary widely across the country.
Beyond Brownies: Exploring the World of Elevated Edibles and Infused Treats
The onset time for edibles is often longer than other drug types because the body must break down and digest the food before it can absorb the active ingredients. The effects can also be unpredictable, since the user’s tolerance level and metabolism influence how quickly the drug enters the bloodstream and reaches the brain.
Davanh Xaypanya, the founder of the edibles brand My Kitchen Slaps, says her passion for cooking and baking led to her interest in infusing cannabis. She began by making her own cannabutter, in which she melted unsalted butter and added cleaned and dried marijuana buds. Then, she started experimenting with recipes to figure out how much THC to add for a specific effect. She found that her ratios were not always right, but she was able to improve her recipes and develop new ones.