When it comes to marijuana, edibles are the favored drug of many, due in part to their portability and ease of use. The sweet confections are easy to carry in a purse or wallet, and can be easily shared among friends. They also offer a more precise dosage than smoking, since each person’s digestive system processes cannabis differently. Moreover, they can be consumed without the worry of inhaling carcinogens.
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But, while edibles are convenient and potent, they’re also difficult to gauge. “Edibles can be confusing because the effects take time to kick in, and a single edible is not always effective for everyone, because it is absorbed through the mouth and through digestion before it’s metabolized by the liver,” says Dr. Kevin Osterhoudt, an attending physician in the Emergency Department and Medical Director of The Poison Control Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Edibles are also difficult to regulate because they are not tightly regulated by state agencies. “The amount of THC in an edible is not standardized across bakeries and production facilities,” Osterhoudt says, adding that inaccuracies in formulation and labeling can affect the consumer experience, especially in states where the recreational use of marijuana is legal.
To make edibles at home, you’ll need high-quality chocolate (such as Guittard or Scharffen Berger), cannabutter, sugar, vanilla extract, a large saucepan, a food processor, a wooden spoon, a measuring cup, and a weed grinder. But if you’re afraid to handle the cooking aspect of the recipe, there are professionally dosed products dispensaries offer.