Edibles have come a long way since the pot brownies and space cakes that have been around for ages. In legal states, you can find everything from bakeries or confectionaries to bars, breweries, and wineries to restaurants with cannabis-infused meals. The advances made in edibles have done wonders for medical and recreational marijuana users alike who either can’t or just prefer not to smoke. Through this article, we’ll explore all the recent advances that have been made in the way of edibles, what that means for marijuana users, and what it could potentially mean for the industry.
Advances in Edibles
As we’ve said, edibles have come a long way since the concoctions your friends would make in their dorm rooms. For starters, the edibles available on the market for purchase now are much stronger than anything your friend could make at home. You definitely want to pace yourself with these to save you from getting overwhelmingly high. Beyond that, these edibles are designed for you to not necessarily taste the marijuana in the food. Edibles you’ve tried before were probably gritty in texture and tasted like you bit into the plant itself; these are designed to be a higher quality product than that. There’s also a much larger variety of edibles available nowadays. When most people think of edibles, they think sweets. While there are quite a few more sweets available now than were previously available (like weed-infused gummies, lollipops, and other baked goods), there’s a whole world of edibles available beyond just sweets. There are restaurants and catering services that provide full meals infused with marijuana. There are also granola bars and smoothie options available in most areas where it is legalized. Edible marijuana has come a very long way which is due in no small part to the many chefs and bakers who researched and practiced until they came up with the perfect balance of strong THC content with little marijuana taste.
What Do the Chefs Say?
Chefs like Dave Weiner of Stone Sober often mention that the chief difficulty in this industry is getting the right dosage. In a lot of areas with edibles available, there’s no commercial edible that has its THC content regulated. That being said, the best course of action when approaching edibles is to start slow and see how they will affect you. Chef Mike Giffune also recommends this course of action, stating that, as far as edibles are concerned, “You have to be your own guinea pig.” But dosage isn’t the only thing about which chefs are concerned. Finding the perfect flavor profile to complement the unique taste of marijuana is also an important part of the cannabis chef’s job. Giffune recommends using mint for the sweet foods like candies and salad dressings for savory dishes. For vegans, many chefs recommend weed-infused coconut oil as it is highly versatile. Chefs Dylan Raap and Chris Walsh recommend putting in only five to ten milligrams as your initial dosage so as not to overwhelm yourself. “You can always add more,” says Walsh, “but you can’t take away.” They also advise against old baking habits like licking the spoon, as you could wind up with more than you bargained for. If you’re planning to try making edibles at home, the experts recommend sampling whatever weed-infused product you plan on using before you put it into the food. Whether this is cannabis butter or oil, testing the dosage and how it will affect you before you dump too much or too little into your recipe. They also recommend starting small and simple and working your way up, as it is a bit challenging to get accustomed to the right portions.
Can you try making edibles like this at home?
It’s fairly easy to try your hand at making various edibles in your own kitchen, but be sure you do your research. Know what type of medium you’ll use to put cannabis into the food (butter, oil, a tincture, etc.) and what type of food it works best in. As we mentioned above, chefs like Giffune recommend infusing salad dressings or using mint in candies. There is a plethora of information available online for good weed/food pairings, recipes, and tips for getting the most out of your product. When you first try making these foods at home, we recommend starting with a simple recipe and a lower dosage; starting small is always a good plan for edibles as you don’t know how they’ll affect you or how strong they’ll be.
What Do These Advances Mean for the Cannabis Industry?
These advances can mean quite a few great things for the cannabis industry and cannabis users alike. Many of those who need the medical benefits and treatments of cannabis either can’t smoke or would prefer not to. With the advances in edibles, these people have more options for consuming cannabis beyond just sweets. Weiner and Walsh are both very interested in the wide world of savory options for cannabis cooking, which go less noticed as they are newer than their sweeter counterparts. Walsh, for instance, looks forward to the day that he can infuse his famous gravy for his gravy fries with cannabis, and Weiner boasts being able to infuse a full dinner with multiple courses with cannabis, making it similar to a wine pairing. These options bring a variety of new ways for patients that don’t smoke to get their medications and get high.
For recreational purposes, the advances in the edible industry have given fun new ways for users to get high and experience the diverse options for cannabis. The potential for cannabis restaurants and bars opening in states where it’s legal provides more options for users to have a fun night out with their vice of choice. Cannabis users could choose to go to the cannabis restaurant and/or bar, much like they’d meet friends at the local bar, and enjoying an evening with a delicious dinner infused from start to end with cannabis. The options to boost the local economies of those areas that house these types of establishments are practically limitless.
As far as the cannabis industry is concerned, the advances recently made in edibles can be nothing but good. First off, these advances in edibles create a large opening in the market for potential cannabis-themed businesses. With weed-infused alcoholic beverages and full, multiple-course meals, there are far more options for potential businesses to crop up, which is good for the industry and good for the local and state economies of the areas that choose to pursue it.
These advances could also be quite positive and lucrative for cannabis tourism. Currently, most cannabis tours visit dispensaries and maybe growers, depending on the tour. In areas where there are bakeries or cannabis bars, they tend to visit them too, but those places are few and far between as opening them can come with its fair share of challenges. With the seemingly endless possibilities for edibles and weed-infused beverages, we may very well see a rise in this type of business in areas like Oregon, California, Colorado, etc. This would make these areas even more of a commodity, appealing to tourists as the ultimate cannabis destination. It could truly improve the cannabis tourism industry in areas where recreational marijuana is already legal.
Edibles have come quite a long way since the pot brownies your friends made when their parents were out of town. Beyond the fact that they’re much stronger, there are for more options for edibles now than there ever was before. The rise in popularity of edibles has made for a great variety of products and recipes available. This increase in interest in edibles can be good for the cannabis industry as well as cannabis users and can even improve the local and state economy.