Edibles 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Edibles 101: A Beginner’s Guide

If you’re new to cannabis, edibles are probably one of the first things you’ll encounter. These are cannabis-infused products you can eat. What can you expect when you try them? What are the effects? How are they different from other types of cannabis? This beginner’s guide will seek to answer these questions and more so you can feel confident trying these products for the first time.

What Are Edibles?


Edibles are the name for any food that contains cannabinoids. Most often, THC is the cannabinoid ingredient in these products. While cannabis-infused brownies and cakes are commonly considered edibles, many other options exist. Some flavors and products are best suited to mask the taste, which you might prefer as a beginner. It’s a good idea to start with products with low-potency cannabis and move up gradually. 


How Do They Work?


As a beginner to these products, you want to know how they work. Do you feel anything with cannabis-infused items? Do they have the same effect as smoking or vaping? The answer is yes: depending on the potency, you should feel a euphoric or “high” sensation. Typically, you can expect the effects to kick in about an hour after consumption and last around 6 hours – sometimes more. The results can last longer than smoking or vaping, which is another reason why some people prefer them. Higher potency products produce a stronger and longer-lasting effect compared to others. This is why it’s a good idea to start at the lowest dosage and work up to stronger ones. 


How To Store 


To get the most out of any cannabis product, you need to know proper storage guidelines—store in a cool, dark place to maintain freshness. Humidity and heat can cause moldiness and decrease the product’s shelf life, which means less time to enjoy them. The same can happen if your edibles are exposed to light. You can store them in a tightly sealed mason jar for easy access. It’s also a good idea to wrap each separately, especially if they are sticky. Read more about how to store cannabis-infused products here.


What Types Are There?


There are so many to choose from! There’s something for everyone with such a large selection of available options. They include:


  • Gummies
  • Hard candies
  • Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Chocolate bars
  • Drinks


How Do I Find the Right One for Me?


To find the right product for you, it’s essential to know some basics about the dosages and strength. As mentioned before, start at the lowest THC dose and increase over time. The higher the THC, the more potent the edible, and the stronger the effects.


Our Favorite Edibles


At Balagan Cannabis, we have several options to choose from. Here are some examples of our favorite cannabis-infused food and drink:



You can look at our collection online and in our Northampton location. Ask about some of our recommendations the next time you stop in. Visit us today!