THE MARKET FOR EDIBLES IS VAST

Cannabis edibles are one of the single greatest commodities ever to grace the industry. Not only do they act as an excuse to chow down on your favourite treats, but they are also more potent than smoking and easy to consume discreetly. In fact, it is often their deceptive intensity that catches many edibles lovers off guard. Edibles take time to be digested by the body, and that means the effects of cannabinoids like THC and CBD are delayed. Most edibles kick in after 30 minutes, but it can take up to an hour or longer before you feel the full effects.

The obvious question from most keen bakers is, “How can I use marijuana to create edibles with a taste and high to match what I most enjoy?”.

Edibles have become less about banging a load of weed in a bowl with some cake mix, and more about a sophisticated means of dosing throughout the day. The key to getting what you want from edibles lies in choosing the right strain. Although many of the terpenes and flavonoids are destroyed during decarboxylation, the remaining attributes are retained.

Another important consideration is whether you want the impact of an uplifting sativa or the sedative effect of a potent indica. Don’t worry, if the number of choices seems overwhelming, later on we will cover seven fantastic strains for making edibles. Before that, let us explore the difference between sativa and indica edibles.

SATIVA VS. INDICA EDIBLES

Typically, sativa-dominant strains promote an energetic and uplifting mood, while indicas sooth muscles and help sedate the body. Without opening the can of worms that is crossbreeding and the evolution of cannabis genetics, many users still recognise both subspecies of cannabis by these attributes. Does that mean that when you add a sativa to cookies, brownies, or gummy bears, you will feel energised for the rest of the day?

Well, yes and no.

Marijuana is a sum of all its parts, including the previously mentioned terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids. Together, each compound contributes to the effect a strain has on an individual. Throw in the genetic differences between cannabis users, and suddenly the characteristics of sativa and indica are harder to quantify.

In most cases, the decarboxylation process will remove many of the compounds, leaving the more abundant and resilient cannabinoids. While it is true from a scientific perspective that edibles are less likely to have the stereotypical characteristics we have become accustomed to, many anecdotal accounts still support a faint allegiance to either sativa or indica characteristics.

The best piece of advice is to pick a strain that has the traits you desire. If you have smoked an indica that promotes mild euphoria, there is a good chance that the high in its edible form will be similar. Read up on the general attributes of a strain, and based on your preference, pick the one that appeals to you most.

Cannabis Edibles

CREATING CANNABIS EDIBLES REQUIRES THE RIGHT STRAINS

If you are not sure where to start, we have seven excellent nominations, each of which brings something unique to the table.

PURPLE QUEEN 

A descendant of prestigious Kush genetics, Purple Queen is an indica-dominant beauty with a tendency to knock users into a state of blissful paralysis. Expect a body-centric high and a hearty flavour with a hint of lemon. Added to brownies, she is an excellent candidate for a late evening snack to help you sleep.

Purple Queen

Purple Queen

Genetic background Hindu Kush x Purple Afghani
Yield indoor 450 - 500 gr/m2
Height indoor 80 - 120 cm
Flowering time 7 - 8 weeks
THC strength THC: 22% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 25% Sativa, 75% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
Yield outdoor 450 - 500 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 175 - 210 cm
Harvest time October
Effect Relaxed and Euphoric
 

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LEMON SHINING SILVER HAZE 

A strong citrus flavour with skunky undertones makes Lemon Shining Silver Haze a potential option for cupcake edibles. Even if some of her terpenes are lost during the baking process, expect waves of optimism and euphoria to wash over you. Many users like Lemon Shining Silver Haze for her ability to promote feelings of well-being.

Lemon Shining Silver Haze

Lemon Shining Silver Haze By Royal Queen Seeds

Genetic background Lemon Skunk x Amnesia Haze
Yield indoor 425 - 475 gr/m2
Height indoor 80 - 140 cm
Flowering time 8 - 9 weeks
THC strength THC: 21% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 75% Sativa, 25% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
Yield outdoor 450 - 500 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 130 - 170 cm
Harvest time Middle of October
Effect A combination of stoned + high
 

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SOUR DIESEL 

If you want your edibles to leave you surfing the cosmos, then Sour Diesel should be your strain of choice. Her potency (19%) stands as a testament to her diverse genetic background. It is the same diversity that also gives her a relatively balanced high. A body-centric, calming sensation matches feelings of euphoria.

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel

Genetic background Original Diesel x (Northern Light x Shiva x Hawaiian)
Yield indoor 475 - 525 g/m2
Height indoor 90 - 160 cm
Flowering time 10 - 11 weeks
THC strength THC: 19% (aprox.) / CBD: Medium
Blend 70% Sativa, 30% Indica
Yield outdoor 550 - 600 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 150 - 200 cm
Harvest time Late October
Effect Physical, clear high
 

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ROYAL COOKIES 

If you’re baking a fresh batch of edibles, Royal Cookies is the perfect partner. Not because the name suggests she would be ideal for cookies, but because she delivers a unique equilibrium between mind and body. With an extremely high THC content (23%), it is advised that edibles lovers go slow and steady.

Royal Cookies

Royal Cookies

Genetic background Cookies Forum x Cookies Forum
Yield indoor 450 - 525 gr/m2
Height indoor 80 - 110 cm
Flowering time 8 - 9 weeks
THC strength THC: 23% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 20% Sativa, 80% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
Yield outdoor 650 - 700 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 175 - 210 cm
Harvest time Middle of October
Effect Relaxed and Euphoric
 

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WHITE WIDOW 

Arguably one of the most instantly recognisable strains, White Widow has been around since the ‘90s. Her constant recognition is not unjustified either. Her high is renowned for propelling users through the galaxy at supersonic speeds. An intense cerebral high will greet any bakers who choose to incorporate White Widow into their latest batch of treats.

White Widow

White Widow Royal Queen Seeds

Genetic background White Widow S1
Yield indoor 500 - 550 g/m2
Height indoor 60 - 100 cm
Flowering time 8 - 9 weeks
THC strength THC: 19% (aprox.) / CBD: Medium
Blend 50% Sativa, 50% Indica
Yield outdoor 500 - 550 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 150 - 190 cm
Harvest time Late October
Effect Extremely stoned
 

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SHERBET QUEEN 

Sherbet Queen is another candidate for those who enjoy a balanced high, with the option of staying productive. She also goes against the assumption that an indica-dominant strain is body-centric in its focus. Sherbet Queen soothes both the mind and body in equal measure.

Sherbet Queen

Sherbet Queen

Genetic background Sherbet Queen S1
Yield indoor 450 - 525 gr/m2
Height indoor 80 - 120 cm
Flowering time 7 - 9 weeks
THC strength THC: 24% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 15% Sativa, 85% Indica
Yield outdoor 450 - 525 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 140 - 180 cm
Harvest time October
Effect Cerebral and relaxing
 

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WEDDING GELATO  

If it has been a rough day and you want something to take the edge off, Wedding Gelato is your girl. Promoting a profound feeling of relaxation and happiness, she is a fantastic addition to a late afternoon snack. Just go steady—with more than 25% THC, a few “light bites” could have you out of commission for several hours.

Wedding Gelato

Wedding Gelato

Genetic background Wedding Gelato
Yield indoor 450 - 500 gr/m2
Height indoor 60 - 100 cm
Flowering time 8 - 9 weeks
THC strength THC: 25% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 40% Sativa, 60% Indica
Yield outdoor 350 - 400 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 130 - 200 cm
Harvest time Early October
Effect Relaxed and euphoric
 

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A NOTE OF CAUTION FOR WOULD-BE BAKERS

Edibles are a fantastic venture, but while they are easy to make, they are challenging to master. Everyone will have heard some variation of a story that ended in your mates being way too high after eating a ton of edibles. The two factors you need to keep in mind are a strain’s THC concentration, and dosage. Pay careful attention to both elements, and you won’t need to worry about being locked to the sofa while the wallpaper morphs into primordial beings.

An excellent way to approximate the potency of your batch can be found here. Once you have a strain in mind, you just need to work out the correct dosage. Fortunately, we have that covered too, with a step-by-step guide on working out how strong your edibles will be.

If there was one closing statement we would want to leave you with, it’s that edibles promote a very different high. Now, different doesn't mean bad; on the contrary, the effects of cannabis can be far more profound when eaten. But, if you have never tried edibles before, pick a strain you know and start slow. The wait will be well worth the pay-off. Happy baking!

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