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. So what are edibles, and 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 to edibles will seek to answer these questions and more so you can feel confident trying edibles 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 edibles. 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 of cannabis, 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 Edibles Work?


As a beginner to edibles, you want to know how they work. Do you feel anything with edibles? 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 from an edible to kick in about an hour after consumption and last around 6 hours – sometimes more. The results of edibles can last longer than smoking or vaping, which is another reason why some people prefer them. Higher potency edibles 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 Edibles


To get the most out of your cannabis, including edibles, you need to know proper storage guidelines—store edibles in a cool, dark place to maintain freshness. Humidity and heat can cause moldiness and decrease your edible’s shelf life – which means less time to enjoy them. The same can happen if your edibles are exposed to light. You can store edibles 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 edibles here.


What Types of Edibles Are There?


There are so many edibles 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 Edible for Me?


To find the right edible 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 edibles to choose from. Here are some examples of our favorite edibles:



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!